Portsmouth

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Portsmouth = mouth of the port. It’s a harbor city and naval base on the south coast of England, and it’s where I was born and raised, even if I don’t consider it my home. Most people visiting Portsmouth will arrive by train at the harborside railway station, the final stop on the London–Portsmouth line. They’ll head into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to revel in the city’s rich maritime past and then head into Gunwharf Quays to shop and eat, before heading home. As for living in Portsmouth, spend enough time in the city and you’ll likely get swept into the foaming rapids of civic pride. People on this tiny island are pretty resilient, for better or worse, and the city feels as much like a familial village as it does an awkward elevator ride with strangers.