Fact about Southampton: The city's name is sometimes abbreviated in writing as "So'ton" or "Soton," and a resident of Southampton is called a Sotonian.
We had a lovely lunch near the River Test in Southampton with my parents and John. Southampton serves as the gateway to the countryside and to a wide variety of historic sites, national landmarks and charm. The United Kingdom's premier passenger ship port, Southampton was home for many years to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear.
The hotel we are staying at for two nights is literally right by the port where cruise ships dock. Here you can see Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Sea. This is one huge ship! However, there are several others in port, and when their ship's horn sounds, it is so loud, it can frighten you instantaneously. I am signing off for today, because I am too tired to function! Thank you for checking in and for virtually going with us on our UK adventure.