Discovering Derry

Wayfarer Yesterday Jono and I took a bus trip. Since I started my Wild Atlantic Wayfarer project Jono has been telling me about the machine on Bus Eireann – the Wayfarer machine, so it seemed only right I should get a photo of it. Now I have to admit bus trips were something else I was scared of – mainly because I’m not the best passenger in the world, I was pleasantly surprised though because I found the bus very comfortable and really enjoyed not driving for a chance. I wasn’t so keen on the lady behind me reciting the rosary on the way up though and almost clonking me over the head with her rosary beads. On the way back we had the Tesco Value version of Nathan Carter, as a fella with too much alcohol in his system decided to serenade the whole bus all the way home! The Peace Bridge with the Guildhall I love exploring new places so visiting Derry was great. I had been there before when I was expecting Lucy – so that was almost 20 years ago! We were just there for a few hours so I tried to cram in as many things as I could. Jono has been to Derry before so he showed me the Peace Bridge and the Guildhall. Both I’d recommend to visitors to go and see. I would love to be in Derry at night to take photos of the river and the bridge, I’d say that would be very special. Guildhall Organ The Guildhall is a really beautiful building, it houses the fabulous organ above, which we heard being played. It’s also home to the Mayor’s Parlour and there is an exhibition running. It’s free admission too so well worth a visit. There is a water feature outside but it wasn’t on yesterday which was a shame. Craft village I stumbled across a great little craft village. It was tucked away just off the main street. The flowers in the picture above are all made of felt – what a clever idea. Not only are there lovely shops, knitted bikes and a cafe there’s also a thatched cottage. So this is definitely worth a visit. You can find out about the village here. Thatched cottage in the craft village I wanted to find out more about Derry so I went on a walking tour of the city. It was very interesting and this is a must do thing if you are visiting Derry. The tours run four times a day and cost £4 which includes tea or coffee. John the tour guide John was our tour guide, he was great, he told us so many things and had a great sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye. He took us onto the walls of the city and explained all about the troubles, the history of Derry/Londonderry. He told it all in a very interesting way. City tours The only downside for me was that there were such a big crowd in our group it was quite hard to hear and when I got closer to John I felt a bit claustrophobic because of all the people around me, but that might just be me. It’s still worth going on though. Free Derry To find out more about a City Tour you can click here. You don’t need to pre-book, just turn up and they are very easy to find, just outside Level 4 of the Foyleside Shopping Centre – another place you must visit. Walking on the walls So that was my few hours in Derry. I really want to go back again to find out more about this beautiful, historic city. In fact there’s a lot of Ireland and Northern Ireland that I’ve yet to explore. You can see the rest of my Derry photos here.

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