From the pictures I've seen, Southampton was a lovely place before the bombs fell. If my memory is correct, Jane Austen stayed there when one of her brothers was in port. Jane would still be able to recognise parts of Bath & Winchester now, but not, I fear, Southampton.
Winchester has suffered at the hands of the town planners too. During the twentieth century, much of the medieval layout of the city was destroyed and all for the sake of the motor car!
Anna - thank you very much for sending such an interesting card!