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Ask many of those who live in Southsea, and generally you’ll find we’re all pretty happy with our choice of home. We’re proud of our seaside setting and all it has to offer, our Strong Island, our Southsea Bronx.

Based on the south coast of the uk, Southsea can offer its residents the charm of being on the beach and a seaside town, but in addition has the cultural and culinary offerings of a bigger city. 

Me… I love living here, I love what’s on my doorstep. I love being able to call Southsea my home. 

Last Friday night was in my opinion a perfect typical Southsea Friday night…

The evening began with us hopping on our bikes and checking out a private view at the Atelier Gallery on the ever quirky Castle Road. We were invited along as my talented friend Agata was part of an artist collective putting on a show. DEPICTION5 features 5 talented artists from the city showing work which focuses on portraiture and identity. 

Obviously I’m biased but Agata’s work really was the cherry on the pie for me. It’s a rare thing to see an artist slaving away on a painting for months then see the work on show. The skill and time that goes into her paintings is really sensational, I feel privileged to be able to witness her on this journey! 

The rest of the show was equally impressive, different styles and compositions made this an enjoyable show. The gallery is intimate in size which is nice, well known local artist Pete Codling owns the gallery and his work, and book was also on show (definitely worth a look) 

So that was the beginning of our evening… The show is on till the 18 May so if you get a chance to visit I recommend you do. 

You can see the gallery facebook page here and check out more of Agata’s work on her website.

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Once we’d checked out all the art and finished the private view essential of a free glass of vino we headed off for some dinner. Our plans to visit Pie & Vinyl were thwarted being the eve of Record Store Day so we headed to our favourite independently run Italian pizza joint, ‘Circolo’. 

Here’s their Facebook page by the way! Make sure you give them a like and keep your eyes peeled for a 241 deal!

This authentic laid back eatery is a firm fave of ours. Relaxed, fun and with the specials scrawled in the walls the place is quite simply a nice place to be. We always grab a window seat if we can and enjoy watching the people go by as we peruse the menu. 

Circolo offer a decent sized menu with pasta and salad options but so far we’ve always opted pizza every time! It’s just so very tasty!!! I’m also happy to report my handsome yet fussy vegetarian man hasn’t no problems ordering off the menu and has lots of choice! 

A few drinks later, a portion of arancini and a couple of amazing pizzas later we left slightly tipsy, and nicely full!! Hopping back on our bikes for the short ride home. 20150422-102757.jpg

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20150422-102901.jpgAnd there you have it, a typical Friday night enjoying our home town! All within about a 10min gentle cycle ride from the front door… What’s a typical Friday night for you? 

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