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An Isle of delight: Cowes on Wight

We had the bestest of times on our short-but-sweet break on the Isle of Wight. Ryde was the scene of my first proper date with the old man, so that’s a bit of nostalgia right there, and on this trip I discovered Cowes, which was in the throes of preparing for Cowes Week 2013: I’d certainly go back to soak up the buzz again.

Here’s just a little run-down…

We met up with our partners in crime and were lucky enough to be staying with them at a gorgeous house minutes from West Cowes ferry port, owned by their friends

We bezzed around the island on the Downs Breezer, an open top bus that left from the main drag in Ryde – never have low branches created so much fun

The weather was perfect for a breezy and beautiful tour of the countryside

We stopped off for lunch at a picture perfect pub with a thatched roof (and a special offer on cider): the Hare and Hounds is on the top of Arreton Downs, overlooking Robin Hill Country Park

There are not many days in the UK each year when you can jump into the sea without causing yourself physical discomfort – but with the temperature pushing 30, the lads made the most of the Solent

The beach at Ryde is sandy and shallow – perfect for the young men

Lily (aka the Girl with the Bergundy Converse) braves it in her gorgeous dress

On such a warm day, sunset was the perfect time for a dip

Before heading home on Friday we enjoyed the view of the (busy, pre-Cowes Week) marina from the Waterside pub – dark and stormy, £2.50 (highly recommended, although the pub isn’t all that)

And the highlight of the trip: a Beatles brunch at the Octopus’ Garden cafe on Cowes’ High Street

When we get our “cool room” kitted out, I want a display cabinet just like this – FACT

El gets stuck into his Strawberry Fields smoothie (they need more Beatles-themed items on the menu, but the food is fab)

Nothing like a stroll down Abbey Road…
Written by Johanna Payton