Sunday, 11 June 2017
11.06.2017 - 11.06.2017
Grey sky again as the ship settles at its berth in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Our tour today takes us NorthWest across Northern Ireland to the Walled City of Londonderry in the safe hands of Jack the tour guide. We are a small group with only 23 passengers which is barely half the capacity of the coach. The tour is scheduled to take two hours or more to arrive there but as it is a Sunday the streets and motorways are largely deserted and we arrive with time to spare.
Some masterful driving has us outside the venue for out tea or coffee and scones. Compared to the scones made at the cookery school these were equally light but were twice the size. Back on the coach and we park at the Tourist Information Centre. Jack leads us off on a walk around the City Wall stopping to explain the history of the landmarks.
After just over an hour we were escorted into a Pub where we were given a drink of our choice, a seafood salad, a plate of Steak and Kidney stew all topped off with a Bailey's Cheesecake. A lively place with lots of locals showing an interest in these strangers in their midst
After lunch we were free to roam around the city centre for over an hour. This 'free' time was somewhat dampened by some light but frequent showers. Jack explained that this was 'normal' weather and a week without rain is declared a drought. Jenny spent some time eyeing off some clothing but couldn't find a suitable fit in the style she liked. There are more ports and undoubtedly many more opportunities.
The return to the ship went quickly with Jack taking a break from his monologue until almost in sight of the docks. He described the Irish love of songs and music. Listing a number of World Famous artists that have a connection with Northern Ireland. I expected him to play a track over the coach speaker system. Instead he sang a local love song without any musical accompaniment.
We were back on the ship by 17:00 feeling almost as tired as we were yesterday. I did manage to put this lot together after dinner without falling asleep.
Tomorrow is the Port of Greenock the gateway to the city of Glasgow and we have yet another tour booked.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony