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Brief Summary of Hampshires Biggest Towns and Cities

´╗┐Hampshire is a county in the South of England that covers approximately 1,400 square miles. The county town is the historic cathedral city of Winchester. Hampshire contains the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth as well as the New Forest National Park. Famous people have included Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This is a brief look at the five largest towns and cities in Hampshire; Southampton, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Gosport and Waterlooville, as well as Winchester. Southampton Southampton is Hampshire's largest city. Much of its character comes from the city walls which were built to protect it after an attack by France in 1338. Around half of these walls still exist to this day. Southampton Port has played an important part in its history and industries, and was key in both world wars. In 1912 the Titanic sailed from Southampton to begin its fateful maiden voyage. Regular ferries still depart from Southampton to the Isle of Wight. Cross channel ferries no longer leave from Southampton but many Cruise ships do, in particular those going to the Mediterranean. It is also the largest freight port on the south coast of England. Southampton has good transportnks that includes an airport with domestic and European flights. Portsmouth Portsmouth has a population of attle over 200,000, and settlements began before Roman Times. Like Southampton, the port has played an important role in its history. It is the world's oldest dry dock and a major naval base with it having the headquarters of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marine Commandos. It is also a commercial port. A modern addition to Portsmouth is the Spinnaker Tower which was finally completed in 2005 after many years of delays. It is a 170 metre high tower that dominates the skyline and also goes by the name of the Millennium Tower. Designed to lookke a sail to reflect the city's marine connections it includes an observation deck with 360 degree views and a glass floor. Basingstoke Basingstoke is a market town that was greatly expanded in the 1960's when it became a London overspill town. It has good transportnks to London with a fast train service and the M3 motorway, with Basingstoke's junction 50 miles from the capital. Settlements go back to the Iron Age. The town was targeted in world war two, with bomb damage that included St Michael's Church in the town centre. These days Basingstoke is home to the headquarters of several large businesses. The town centre has recently been largely rebuilt, with the Festival Place shopping centre a major new addition. Gosport Gosport is on the south coast on a peninsular, with Portsmouth on the opposite side. Some think of Gosport as an extension of Portsmouth but it is a town in its own right. It used to be a major naval and military town but declined in the late 1900's. It held the last specialist military hospital in the UK until its closure in 2007. The first recorded settlements in what is now Gosport were in Anglo Saxon times. Famous people include singer Joe Jackson, actor Keith Allen and former athlete Roger Black. Waterlooville The name Waterlooville comes from a pub that used to be in the centre of the town; the Heroes of Waterloo. It was so named because on its first day of opening it was visited by returning soldiers from the Battle of Waterloo. Many of the soldiers settled there. A pub of the same name still exists, though in a different location. Winchester Despite not being one of the largest cities in Hampshire in population, Winchester is one of its best known places and is the county town. It is a cathedral city with one of the most famous cathedrals in Britain, and one of the largest in the world. The cathedral was built in 1079. Settlements go back to the Iron Age and Winchester became a capital of England in 686, one of several. It became the main capital city in 827 and remained so until after the Norman Conquest. A fire in 1141 accentuated what was already a decline in the city's importance. Winchester is now a popular city due to its history and character. Jane Austen died in the city in 1817 and is buried in the cathedral. Andrew Marshall '

Deciding and Booking for a Cruise Travel

´╗┐There is an average of yearly 7.2 growth rate cruise passengers since 1980 according to Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association in their Cruise Industry Overview and Statistics 2014. The figures shows that cruising is getting more famous for travelers nowadays. It is the cheaper way to see different awesome sceneries. Travelers can choose from the vast cruisenes options which provide astounding various passengers' preferences. The new built cruise ships are equipped with great amenities. As there are many cruise ships and cruisenes to opt from, it is necessary to know the things you need to consider before booking for your cruise especially if it is your first time. The following are the few tips: 1.Consider where to go. You need to determine first where to go. Jot dot down all the destinations that you want to go. You can finalize it afterwards and you can check the details from visiting on any online cruise travel agencies such as CruiseCritic, CruiseCompete and CruiseDirect. 2.Consider when to cruise Check what is the best sailing date for you. If you prefer to have the best cruise offer, you can book a year or couple of months advance before the sailing date to get the great cruise offer. But, don't forget that there is connection between sailing date and the destination. You just have to determine your options that goes with your budget. 3. Consider what cruise ships and cruisenes to opt from As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of cruise ships and cruisenes to choose from. Each cruise ships has different amenities and offers. There are new and bigger ships. Some are small and old. New and bigger ships have reliable and efficient stabilization system which can stand the strong wind. Old and small ships provide you serenity since the small ships can accommodate few people only compared to big ships. Big ships can accommodate a great number of travellers. 4. Determine your budget. Considering your budget is essential. You need to know how much money you can spend for your cruise. If you are opting for the cheaper ones, there are many ways for you to book for that cheap cruise trip. Cited earlier, you can book a year or months ahead. You can also book for a cruise on a shoulder season. You can also opt for last minute cruising or inquire onboard credit or about the best cruise deals. 5. Book for your Cruise Search for your great cruise deals by contacting your cruise travel agency or you simply inquire for quotes online and compare the different quotes that you gather. Afterwards, you can now book your cruise trip. To get your great cruise bargain, it is necessary for you to check some blogs, newsletter or reviews. With all the tips mentioned above, you will find deciding and booking for your cruise very easy and quick. If you follow these tips, you will surely have a great cruise travel. Have fun cruising.