Phew! I feel like an underwear in a washing machine. Life is running faster than I could have imagined and all I could do is to muster up enough strength to stand steady. Getting used to a place is not easy as it sucks out all that you were used to. For me, it sucked out blogging, and for a few days I could not gather my thoughts to put them on my laptop screen and neither could I raise my finger to open my Reader. So, apologies, dear friends! And I hope that all of you would understand! 

So, coming back to the topic, one of my roomies here returned to India last week. Before going back he wanted to go to a nice, beautiful, peaceful place and the options were very less because:

  • Usually October-March is considered off season here in UK as Winters is a terrible time to roam around.
  • He had already seen London, Scotland, Blackpool and Lake District, all of which I still have to visit. So all these options were ruled out.

The only two options left were Wales and Isle Of Wight, both of which were again under an Off-season spell. Finally Wales was ruled out too and we ended up booking a car and Preeto(our TomTom aka GPS) for three days. Before going further, let me tell you about Isle of Wight as most of you must be in an impression that its the name of a Crater on the fifth moon of Saturn. Isle Of Wight is a small island on the Southern Tip of Great Britain. Its about 257 miles from Manchester which is about a 5 hours drive. The Isle is not accessible by road which means that you have to shove your car in a ferry and take it to the isle and vice versa. During summers there is a huge advanced booking for the ferry but we were fortunate due to our perfect timings!

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This is the island as you can see in the map above. We went upto Portsmouth(upper right corner in the map) in the car and then took a ferry to Fishbourne, which is on the north east corner of the isle. Ferries also operate from Southampton and Lymington. Take your pick! 

The Island is spread over an area of mere 380 sq Km and is famous for its beautiful beaches of Shanklin, Ryde, Sandown and Yarmouth. Besides the beaches there was so much to explore that we found it extremely difficult to keep up the pace. And all this during the off season! Two notable, must visit points of the diamond shaped island are the Culver cliff and The Needles. If you really want to understand the meaning of breathtaking, you must visit these two points on the island. The Needles is undoubtedly the most picturesque area of the island which looks like the end of the chalk coloured ridge which runs across the whole island. 

The Culver Cliff on the other hand was used as a defence point as it was used to keep an eye on the vast ocean all around it. There were two nine inch guns kept there but the cliffs kept on eroding and most of it was lost. Now also, if you walk along the cliff, you can see the warning boards and the broken cliffs all around. I would suggest you to park your car at Yaverland beach and walk up the cliff from there towards the last point. Its a tiring walk of about half an hour but what you will see along the way is what you would never forget. 

Finally, there were many points of interest like The Osborne house, Carrisbrooke Castle, the zoo and the Railway Museum which we missed because they were closed due to the off season. It was a beautiful memorable trip and there were a bunch of breathtaking scenes which I would never forget in my life. I leave you with a few attempts to capture them:

This is a view of the Culver Cliff from Sandown Beach. If you see closely, there is a pole like structure on top of the cliff. That is the Yarborough Monument at the edge of the cliff. That is where you could walk up the cliff. And you have to be there to understand how the vast expanse of the ocean looks like from there, sprinkled with ships and with shimmering spots of sunlight strewn here and there.

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Well, this is what I was talking about. A few pictures of the view from the top of the cliff.

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Here are a few pictures I took while I was walking up the cliff

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The Yarborough Monument

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We woke up a 5:30 in the morning on the second day and went to see the sunrise. It was freezing cold and apparently we were the only one on the Sandown beach. The island loves to sleep!

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And that’s me, staring at the Sun.

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I took this picture in Portsmouth from the upper deck of the ferry. The ferry was about to move towards the isle and I saw this building just next to the port. Isn’t this a beautiful place to live? Sitting in the balcony, sipping tea and looking at the vast expanse of the ocean and the huge ships moving around you!

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View of Portsmouth as the Ferry moved away from it. By the way, Ferry seems to be a mild word for that ship. There were atleast 60 cars in it when it left Portsmouth!!!

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Thats the “Ferry”!!!

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The Needles was another fascinating point of the island. We reached there after the Sun had just jumped into the sea and the play of colours on the sky were seen to be believed. Here is a view of The Needles as we moved towards the edge of the cliff.

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This picture was taken while we moved towards the Needles. Everyone was coming back after seeing the sunset and we were the only ones who were moving in the opposite direction. 🙂

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That is the view of The Needles from the nearest point. It was quite dark by the time we reached there.

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A few more random pictures:

This was taken while the ferry left the British mainland.

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Taken at Ryde Beach. Are these Seagulls? They made an awful lot of noise.

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The sleeping city in the morning.

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An unknown castle on our way to a beach. Don’t know the name.

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What a way to go up!!!

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Water gushing up during a high tide. The foot of the Culver cliff which is accessible during the low tide and are great for an evening walk are completely immersed in water during a high tide.

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This was taken from the ferry back to Portsmouth as the sun set behind the isle.

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And finally I would like to dedicate this post to Preeto, our Tomtom(GPS) who was very patient with us and always guided us with her sweet voice even when we went off track atleast 5 times! We love you Preeto!!

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About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

51 Comments

  1. Final_Transit March 4, 2009 at 5:06 am - Reply

    OMG Amit, So many pictures, so many wonderful views!!

    Its a great feeling to sit inside the car while ferrying across the strait, but that’s not the brightest thing to do 🙂 Those birds are Seagulls indeed. They are noisy, shit a lot and can sometimes get aggressive. But they are also cute (to certain kinds of people who find cats cute – grown up cats.) Finally, I’m glad I made it to the comments section quick, and btw your sun click is very slick, and so is the group pic under the giant dick.

    PS: People call me GPS.

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:24 am - Reply

      Thank you! And, well, I was dancing all over the ship! 😆 It was a beautiful trip and I am glad that I covered certain parts on foot and not by car simply because I did not know the way. Sometimes ignorance can be bliss! 🙂
      Well, GPS is a pretty obvious name for you. 🙂

  2. Smita March 4, 2009 at 9:08 am - Reply

    wow!!! Some lovely snaps there, specially the sunrise ones…

    Sunrise & sunset snaps are always my fav 🙂

    So when r u back???

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:26 am - Reply

      Yes, they are lovely. Thanks! Hmmm..that is a very interesting question. I am not sure when I will be back. It might be very soon and it might be ages later! 🙂

  3. Reema March 4, 2009 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Awesome place and good pics!!

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:27 am - Reply

      Thank you!! Oye, tell me one thing, you seem to be very busy! Groom hunting? 😛

      • Reema March 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm

        Tu naaaaa!! HUH! Busy in work and studies 🙂 exams next month. M.E. 2nd sem.

  4. sakhi March 4, 2009 at 10:05 am - Reply

    hey the place looks awesome and i loved the birds wala pic! 🙂 also the one with you and sun 😛

    btw i might be late in saying this but your header looks awesome.. really cool! 🙂

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:28 am - Reply

      Yes, it was beautiful. Thank you! Thank you! 🙂

  5. Maddie March 4, 2009 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Lovely snaps!! Everything is so calm and serene.

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:29 am - Reply

      Yes, it was very calm. And when you go and stand on top of a cliff and stare at the vast ocean in front of you…its a feeling which is hard to shape with words. 🙂

  6. oorja March 4, 2009 at 11:38 am - Reply

    wow.. what a beautiful place to visit.. all the snaps are very nice.

  7. Nimmy March 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Simply superb snaps Amit..Especiallt the 33rd and that of seagulls…Can you please tell which camera are you using,just curious…

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:49 am - Reply

      Thanks Nimmy! Well, my camera is not all that good. 🙂 I am using a Cannon A550. Its just about ok!

  8. Chirag Chamoli March 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    @underwear in a washing machine – LOL
    Yay, I have my clients in Portsmouth or some place near 🙂
    The Yarborough Monument is awesome, these are great Snaps Man.

    P.S: Dude these make me feel like I am wasting my life in the office 😉

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:52 am - Reply

      Thank God, someone noticed my masterpiece! 😆
      Thanks but don’t worry, even I am overworked at the office. Its just that I have Sundays and Saturdays which can be fully utilized. 🙂

      • Chirag Chamoli March 6, 2009 at 3:33 pm

        I have seen bangalore too much now, so in sat sun, I’m just drunk and passed out.

  9. moviemaniax March 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Superb pics..and this reminds me I must respond to the last thing you said to me.. you know what I mean, right? 🙂

  10. moviemaniax March 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    @Amit: Oh, that was me, Poonam. Delete this comment till I ome from my own login. 🙁

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:53 am - Reply

      Haha! Thanks for identifying yourself! Yes, please do so!! 🙂
      And Thanks! 🙂

  11. luckyloom1 March 4, 2009 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Hi Amit,

    Lovely photos. So glad you enjoyed your visit to the Island; I am lucky enough to call it my home and know the places you write about very well. Yes, they are definately gulls, in fact they are called ‘black headed gulls’, although in your pic they have their winter colours (a little black dot either side of their heads – we think they look like they are wearing headphones!). The ‘unknown castle’ looks as if it is Yaverland Manor. It’s really nice to know that the Island’s beauty touches others as well. Happy Travelling!

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:56 am - Reply

      If that is your home then you are very very lucky! Its beautiful!! Now that you have mentioned it, I can see the headphones!
      I think nature always touches us. Its important that we don’t lose that connection. 🙂

  12. Dev March 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Good show! Thanks for the write up and these pictures. Are you planning to visit Scotland? Iam told it’s really beautiful.

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:57 am - Reply

      Thanks! Yes, we are planning for Scotland too in the coming month. 🙂 Its hardly a three hours drive away.

  13. Ajit March 4, 2009 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    The place looks awesome dude… 🙂 and yes, life without a GPS can be really difficult… 🙂

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:58 am - Reply

      Thanks! Yes, it is! I start sweating when I think about how we could have completely lost our way if the GPS would not have been there.

  14. kanagu March 5, 2009 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Great pics Amit.. you have took me to a mini tavel 🙂
    Enjoy 🙂

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:58 am - Reply

      Thanks Kanagu!! I am glad that you liked the pics!

  15. Solilo March 5, 2009 at 2:06 am - Reply

    LOL @ opening line.

    Beautiful locales. Even though you are busy you seem to enjoy life.

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 1:59 am - Reply

      Yes, I have to, otherwise I’ll go cuckoo! 🙂

  16. Nita March 5, 2009 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    These are very pretty pictures Amit and it looks like you are enjoying yourself to the hilt. So this is a just a holiday then! Not a work related trip as I had assumed. Then I guess you are going to be back very soon.

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 2:01 am - Reply

      Thanks Nita! Well, its not a holiday! My company sent me there and I am neck deep in work! 🙁 Its just that Sundays and Saturdays could be used to roam around!! 🙂
      And I am not sure when I am coming back. 🙁

  17. amreekandesi March 5, 2009 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Great pictures Amit!

    Happy for you and your new found love..preeto! She’s gorgeous 😉

    And that lift reminded me of something very similar i have seen at Niagara Falls.

    • Amit March 6, 2009 at 2:02 am - Reply

      Thanks! 😆
      That lift amused me! the first thought which went through my mind was that why would anyone build that? 🙂

  18. Vijaya Bharat March 6, 2009 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Its a nice one but it I felt like I am reading a travelling guide which I used to browse before visiting some places 😉

    As I am full busy in the last week and in this week till now with my travel back to India and reporting in office and with release process and coming back to my home, I am not able to comment on your pose immediately.

    Finally, I am back in India and in my home 🙂

    • Amit March 8, 2009 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      Well that was the whole purpose. I was trying to write it that way! Haha! 🙂 Hey! Welcome back to India. Please mail me your number. I’ll call you!

  19. Nikhil March 6, 2009 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Wow! More than the absolutely breathtaking pictures, I must admire the opening line! :mrgreen:

    • Amit March 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Haha! That is a huge compliment coming from a writer! 🙂

  20. vimal March 6, 2009 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Gaawwd, Im so late in here. But I share everyones opinion. Awesome pics !, especially those seagulls waala.

    Btw, I wasnt wrong when I mentioned about you taking pics in this post : D

    http://vimalsparadise.blogspot.com/2009/02/final-part-stars-scream-award-winners.html

    • Amit March 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      😆 Yes, I am on a clicking spree. Now after one month, I have started to have control over my camera. 🙂
      I never thought that the seagulls wali pic would be liked so much. That is not my favorite! 🙂

  21. harsh March 6, 2009 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Excellent piece of photography I must say…

  22. Manoj March 7, 2009 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Hey buddy! Happy for u 🙂 Finally you are away from the Delhi traffic jam! 😀
    Cool! 🙂 Your travelouges have always been interesting..You have a knack of writing good travelogues. The views were breath-taking! And yes, they look like Seagulls. Is it the North Atlantic Ocean? Seagulls are found more around the Atlantic. The squeaky sounds they make are irritating, but you must see them when they sort of float on the air in groups (mostly around a person who has brought some food for them). The motions they make…like as if they were dangling in the air…thatz awesome!
    Some of the views remind me of the Golden gate bridge view at San Francisco (not the bridge view but on the other side towards the vast Pacific ocean). But I am sure these views are much more better than at SFO.
    And itz good to see ‘km’ (kilometers) on a Tomtom for a change (instead of miles 🙂 ). kilometer has some Indianness to it..lol! And why did you name ur GPS ‘Preeto’!!!??? 😀
    And the castle! That looks good to..only if you know, they say, Britain has the most number of castles haunting!! 😀 Not that you believe in it though 🙂
    Yor blog theme looks refreshing..the custom header image is very good!
    And wanted to ask you something since long..donno if i already asked you this…you keep updating the novels you read and the movies you watched…how do you squeeze in time for these amidst the work at office? 🙂
    Alright..thatz it for this post! 😀 C ya in another post!! 🙂 Njoy!!

    • Amit March 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Oh yes! 🙂 And there are so many other positives too, although I am sure I’ll come across the negatives very soon. 🙂
      Yes, they did made a lot of noise and were constantly irritating all the ducks! That is the North Atlantic.
      We were also surprised to see the KM reading. Atleast it gave some better idea. 🙂
      Yes, I am aware of the castle thing. Some people even pay to live in them so that they might encounter something supernatural. 🙂
      And I haven’t updated the “movies” since ages. I am really not getting the time. 🙁

  23. Dinesh Babu March 7, 2009 at 3:59 am - Reply

    Cool Trip, Nice Pictures! Seems like you have had fun!

  24. Smita March 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Oh is it???? Hmmmm

  25. dinu March 7, 2009 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    nice pics 🙂
    why don’t you put images on flickr and link it here ? Or else, you will run out of space 🙂

  26. Su March 8, 2009 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Prolly, the word ‘Breath-taking’ cud wait for its meaning till i see the places u’ve jus ‘shown’ me. But the word ‘exhilarating’ wud do justice to describe the virtual trip u’ve presented. fantastic job! 🙂

  27. Amit March 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    @Dinesh : Thanks. Yes, loads of it! 🙂

    @Smita : Yes, depends on how the economy works this year! 🙂

    @Dinu : Don’t worry I have plenty of space right now! 🙂 And I somehow don’t like the idea of giving a link. The pics should be here, on my post. 🙂

    @Su : Thanks Su! 🙂

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