Welcome to our travels and adventures

Welcome to our travels and adventures

50th Honeymoon Trip Day 6

Thursday May 18

17050353 May 18 Arriving In BelfastWe woke up in Belfast to another beautiful day in the sun. The breeze is cold 17050357 May 18 Barb At Tentin the shade but if you are in the sun it is wonderful. We climb on a shuttle bus and head into the city. We got on a City Bus Tour and headed out. We are interested to see the wall between the Catholics 17050414 May 18 Titanic Museumand Protestants. The bus starts out going to the Titanic Museum. The Titanic was built here and was one of their biggest and best of ships until it sank. We decided we didn’t want to walk around the museum so we stayed on the bus. We didn’t realize that this was the only stop. We traveled passed St George’s Market, Queen’s University and to the political area where 17050381 May 18 Wall Between Catholic Protestantsthe wall is. We are amazed at the size of the wall. During the war as it got worse the wall got higher and each time was made my different material. Started with cement, wood and then chain link and barb wire. The peace between the religions is still tentative today. The tour guide said they are afraid that it could start again at any time. They have amazing murals on the wall of the barrier. The gates of the 17050390 May 18 Faces On Wallwall are still closed nightly and the guide emphasized that if you were not on the correct side of the wall when they did, you may have to stay the  night until they opened in the morning.

Through the town they have murals dedicated to those who died and those who sacrificed their lives. Bobby Sands was the first17050393 May 18 Bobby Sands Mural to die during a hunger strike. We finished our tour going around the Belfast Castle and Gardens it was high up and you could see the whole of Belfast from up here. It is chilly out and we are traveling in an open topped bus, brrrr.

17050410 May 18 Inside The Fountain Bar

We got back to our start and asked one of the other tour guides directions to a pub, he said follow me! As we got off the bus it had begun to rain and by the time we got to the pub it was pouring. He took us up to the second floor and made sure we had a place to sit. By the time I turned to thank him, he had gone! We had a great meal, Terry had a brisket sub and I have a chicken wrap. An appetizer was Potato Pots and we ordered one, it was great but was just roasted potatoes with bacon. While there, it stopped raining but when we left it was pouring again. We stopped at a bakery and bought some soda bread as they said it was the most awesome thing. Since it was pouring we decided to head back to the ship. By the time the shuttle bus pulled out the rain had stopped.

Some interesting photos on our day tour of Belfast, mouse over for an explanation:

17050358 May 18 City Hall17050366 May 18 Gates Into The Ulster University17050368 May 18 Open Air Bus And Freezing

17050369 May 18 Belfast Castle17050370 May 18 Castle Gardens17050377 May 18 City Street

17050394 May 18 Twin Church Peaks17050424 May 18 Belfast Castle

We had dinner at the Island Dining room and joined 6 other people. It was a fun table with teachers and a professor of veterinary medicine. We left right after dinner though as it was almost show time. Tonight was the second time with Paul Baker but it wasn’t as good as his first show – isn’t that always the way, your expectations are higher after a good thing. We stopped into the Explorer's lounge and watched some of the Pentatonics. Soon our old age set in and we are ready to go to our room put on our pj’s

50th Honeymoon Trip Day 5

Wednesday May 17

Second day in Dublin. This day we are on our own and Barb found a park that is a hidden gem with fountains and a waterfall. Well we walked and walked 17050280 May 17 Statue Behind Entanceand then crossed through a cute park with sculptures and a water fountain. The trees were in bloom and tulips were also, daffodils have already finished. It 17050281 May 17 Fountain In Centre Of Parkmust have been beautiful here when they were in bloom as 17050283 May 17 Tulips In The Gardensthere are tons of them planted around. Finally we made it to Iveagh Gardens. Well the water is turned off and there are no flowers. This was a waste of a trip and we could of done Merrion Gardens which was right beside the shuttle drop off area. We head back to the tourist information area and get tickets for the hop on hop off bus and head to Guinness Storehouse. We have to walk about three blocks to pick up the bus and 17050293 May 17 Chalk Art On Grafton Streetpass a flower seller on the street and a girl doing chalk art on the sidewalk. Our first hop off is Guinness and off to the tour. It is very well done and covers 6 floors of displays and working vats. We watched a video on how they use to make the barrels and those men sure were in shape. We got to go to class and learn how to pour our own glass of Guinness and we both got the head just17050301 May 17 Terry Entering Guinness Tour  proud of the rim. Then upstairs to the Gravity Bar. This bar has windows for a 360 view of Dublin and was very crowded. I drank my glass and Barb’s. We were shocked when we got out and found out we had been in there for 3 hours. Then we got on the wrong bus and had to jump off at the next stop.

17050324 May 17 Barb Learns To Pour Guinness17050325 May 17 In The Gravity Bar

17050329 May 17 Another View Of Dublin17050336 May 17 Cheers Barb

Got on the right bus and headed around downtown Dublin on the 17050344 May 17 Spire Of Hopebus. We passed the new needle called the “Monument of Light” that was built to replace the sculpture of Nelson’s Pillar which was destroyed by an IRA bombing in 1966. 17050348 May 17 Oscar Wilde In Merrion Square

We got back to the shuttle area with enough time to spare to get a picture of Oscar Wilde laying on the rocks.

17050339 May 17 Killmainham Area

17050343 May 17 Narrow Cobbled Road

Now back to the boat and not long after we are leaving shore and heading to Belfast. We walked over 11,000 steps and we are both exhausted so down we went to supper. We sat with a couple from San Francisco and had a very nice meal with them. My chicken was a bit dry. We haven’t done much of the evening stuff as we are just too tired. After dinner we went up to the room and watched a movie and went to sleep early.

50th Honeymoon Trip Day 3

Monday May 15

17050166 May 15 Our Balcony To Back Of ShipToday we were suppose to be in Cork. They are having a storm and the waves are too high to tender in so we are bypassing this port of call. It is too bad as I really wanted to see Cork. So it was a free day at sea. For me it was a time to rest my legs. We wandered around the 17050168 May 15 Waiter Takes Our Picturedeck and ended up buying a trip T-shirt. For lunch we went to Crown Grill for an English lunch. Boy, was the line up long. We talked to a few people in line and that made the time go a little faster. It is amazing how many people take lots of cruises. One man is booking his third cruise for this year. We had a great lunch and the waiter took our picture for us. In the afternoon at 2pm we headed to the bean bag 17050170 May 15 Barb Plays Bean Bagtoss. We met Dale and Donna while waiting for the game to start and we got on the Gray team. There were 56 people playing on gray and blue teams. The gray team won and the blue team was eliminated. The gray team was divided in half and Terry was blue and Dale and I were gray. The gray team won again and I stayed gray and Dale became blue. The gray won the final round. I won and I am going up for a medal. Opps no medal but a bag clip that I have no use for but Terry thinks he can use in his man cave. The crowds watching 17050172 May 15 Terry Plays Bean Bagwere on three floors and down the stairs. Who would of thought so many people would be watching. After we went with Dale and Donna for happy hour in Club Fusion. They are from Los Angeles and have 4 children. After we exchanged numbers we headed back to our room. We are eating too much and decide that we will have pizza for supper tonight. We head to the Explorer’s Lounge for 8:45 to watch “My Wee Island” presentation by Nigel Jess. He was very funny and informative. From here we headed to the theatre for the 10 pm show with Paul Baker. He was a great singer and put on a good show. He sang songs from the shows he has played in Lion King, Les Miserable and many more. On our way back we stopped off at the Explorer Lounge and listened to the Pentatonics. It was a full busy day staying on board and we didn’t rest my feet very much.

Tuesday May 16

17050191 May 16 Leprachaun At DockWe have two days here in Belfast making our first day very relaxing as the boat wasn’t leaving and you could stay out a lot later. We booked a walking tour from Trinity College. What in the world was I thinking doing a walking tour! We had to walk forever just to get to the college and made it there with minutes to spare. The tour was 2 ½ hours long, oh my aching feet, knees and hips. Who in the world said I was still young. I am finding that I am really getting old on this trip. Okay so stop whining just get me a glass.

We met our guide and he took us through the college 17050194 May 16 Arch Tower Use To Be Monestarysquare and told us about each building, the statues and the history of the writers who graduated from here. Oscar Wilde was a student here. Then to the House Of Lords and history of the many battles that have occurred here in Ireland. This little Island has sure had it’s share of wars with Britain, France, Rome and Vikings. Of course, you can’t be here without going to the pub and we stopped at one that great writers used as it was close to school. Then over to the Dublin Castle where we 17050227 May 16 Use To Be Coach House Gateswalked around the outside. We went into the Dublin Gardens and under the plaza is the Black Lake which in the Viking time was a harbor. A river is also underground but when they covered it over they marked it’s direction with different bricks so you can see where it would be. This area is how Dublin got it’s name. Then a few blocks over to Christ Church. 17050237 May 16 Christ Church From A DistanceCatholics were not allowed here and were considered inferior people. They were not taught to read or write and therefore didn’t need education. Ireland lost most of it’s population because of the black plaque and people immigrating to North America. The population was 10 million and now they are about 3 million.

17050242 May 16 Remains Of Original Church

We then went back to the castle and went into17050258 May 16 Size Of Courtyard the military square where the secret service offices are, the queen’s throne room (when she is in town) and this is where the British stopped the war by surrendering their flag for the Irish Flag so ending a war. Walked down many cobblestone roads and stopped at a sculpture of Gogarty and Joyce at their table. Then down to Bloom’s hotel in Temple 17050211 May 16 Mural Of WritersBar and is covered in huge murals. Then we walked to City Hall and he showed us a place that because of the salt in the water and dirt had saved the wood from a Viking Village. Off to the Wood Quay we saw the original wall that was around Dublin. This was a good place as they had seats and I could sit down, YIPPEE!!! Down the road to Christ Church and people were sitting on the lawns having their fish’n’chips for lunch. We saw the original foundation for the church. Barb got caught taking a picture of a couple eating their lunch. I don’t think they understood her so they probably only spoke Gaelic. We finished our tour with a visit to the old City Hall and it is filled with statues and large pillars. Back to the Dublin Castle to the main courtyard and we ended our tour. we booked this tour on-line before we left home but found out it would have been less if we had paid the tour guide after the tour. Lesson learned for next time, right.

Lunch time so to find a pub – ahhh, we see O’Neill’s and go 17050262 May 16 Pub Wall Of Mirrorsinside. We run into a couple from the ship who are drinking up a storm. We sit in the bar area and have a drink and fish’n’chips. We shared a plate as they serve so much food. We got two large pieces of fish, chips, mushy peas and salad. We won’t eat again okay so we will keep on pushing it in. Outside we see the statue of Molly Malone or as the citizens call her “The tart with the cart”. We walk back to the 17050265 May 16 Molly Mallone Statueshuttle bus and get ready to go back to the ship. Can you believe it we left at 9:00 and it is now 4:00. No wonder I want to crawl onto the shuttle. We walked over 11,000 steps today. A short rest and then we went to the theatre to watch a Gaels Afloat a Irish group with dancers. It was a good show and then to the Island Dining room for supper. 17050272 May 16 Barb In Island RestaurantDo we really need to eat but we did. We sat with a nice couple from Arizona. There are a lot of Americans on this boat, some Canadians and some Brits and the most from Brazil. Now to bed.

50th Honeymoon Trip Day 2

Saturday May 13

The next morning we had coffee and cookies in the lounge of the hotel and waited for Sid. He offered to come back and pick us up at noon. He arrived and got us to the 17050051 May 13 Arriving At The Shipcorrect terminal, dropped off our bags and delivered us to the front doors. It cost 30 pounds with tip. So far in transportation in England it has cost us 113 pounds which is close to $226 CAD.

After going through security we were on the ship and headed to our stateroom. W17050056 May 13 Fruit Awaiting Deliverye are in room B735 on deck 11. It is a long walk to the main area of the ship but what a great view we have. We are on the starboard side and if it is clear we hope to occasionally see land. It is sunny out today but the wind is chilly. We sat out on the balcony and watched the activities of loading 17050068 May 13 Terry Barb Sitting On Balconyfood, people and lots of machinery moving around. We talked with the people who are living next door and waved to some on lower decks. Then we left port, heading to Guernsey, our first stop on one of the channel islands.

After we were out of the harbor we took a walk around the ship. Later we went down to have dinner and then off to the theater. We are not allowed to take pictures though many ignored the request. The show was to be David Copperfield and we thought it was the magician. We were very excited to see him and some magic. Well it was not the real guy but a singer/comedian. He was not all that great and we were disappointed. We got back to the room, watched a movie and then off to sleep.

Sunday, May 14

We woke on Mother’s Day as the ship was anchoring17050081 May 14 Looking South Down The Street at St. Peter Port, Guernsey. What a cute looking place. They don’t have a deep harbor port so we had to be tendered in. The people who were taking the ship’s tours got to go first and then those of us that were doing our own thing on shore next. At the dock, people dressed up in old vintage clothing for picture taking. We aren’t doing pictures as we never did 17050082 May 14 Yellow Townhousesanything with our last cruise pictures. At the bus terminal we found they had a bus tour for 7.5 pounds each that would take you around the island in 2 ½ hours. We bought tickets and climbed aboard. 17050084 May 14 Decorated Brick Fence

The trip was awesome we stopped for pictures at Pembroke Bay, white sand beaches and clear water. Our next stop was at Vazon Bay this area 17050098 May 14 Barb On The Ramp To Wateris a large expanse of sand that is a magnet for the Island’s extreme sports. Next we stopped at Portelet Bay which is close to the foot of the south coast cliffs and is a working harbor as well as a safe sheltered beach. From this location we could see Hou Island.

Then we headed to the Little Chapel. 17050109 May 14 Little Chapet From The Road (1)I had read about this place and was excited to go and see it. When our bus stopped people thought we were public transit and tried to board us. Our bus driver had to turn people away at the next two stops we are visiting. Anyway back 17050122 May 14 Barb Exiting The Little Chapelto the Little Chapel. It was the third one that was built and the builder demolished the first two. Possibly this is the smallest chapel that is decorated with broken pieces of china and seashells and pebbles. The hallway exiting is so narrow I felt like I needed to duck down to get out. It was well worth the visit.

We boarded the bus and we17050129 May 14 Barb Terry Standing On Edgent to St. Martin Down the the lowest southern point and ended up at Jerbourg Hotel. In the back is a cliff and from here we could see our ship and the island of Sark, Jersey was just a shadow far off into the water. Soon we were back into the town of St. Peter Port. On Sundays they have a Sunday By The Seashore Market. We walked around the market 17050135 May 14 Sunday By The Seaside Market and watched children playing with bubbles from a bubble machine. They sure were enjoying a fun time until their parents took them away. The wind was raw on the west side of the island but on the east side it was very lovely indeed. We headed back to the ship and noticed that the boats where sitting on the gravelly bottom and no water.

17050139 May 14 The Tides Out

Well the tide is out and the boats are in dry dock until the tide returns. It was like Alma, Nova Scotia and just as pretty.

17050143 May 14 Barb By The Shore

17050150 May 14 Two Tired Souls Selfie

We got the tender back to the ship. I was exhausted so can you believe I went to bed. I slept most of the late afternoon away but didn’t feel anymore rested once I woke. We went down for a light dinner of pizza and got to sit by a window overlooking the island. At 7pm we went to the Captain’s Welcome Champagne Waterfall Party. They never did fill up all the glass so it wasn’t 17050159 May 14 Maitre d Hotel Francesco Ciorfito Champagne Waterfallmuch of a waterfall. Many people went up to pour the champagne with the Maître D'hôtel and had their pictures taken. At 8:30pm we headed to the theatre to watch the Production Show Bravo. It was awesome with the people singing and dancing. Back to the room exhausted. We walked over 8,000 steps today.

Stay tuned for more of our trip around the UK….

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