Fellow Travellers


Fellow travellers, what brings you this way?

Far from what is familiar to my day-to-day

I know you’re familiar to what surrounds

But for me, my mind it does confound

Are you outward? Or going home?

For me it’s all strange – this land you roam

But my time here was be all too short

As this taxi takes me to the airport


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Tangent

I pondered what was my best vacation

One filled with adventure and elation

Was is the Canaries, Japan, or some cruise?

It was on this I began to muse

In the end my mind took a tangent

It wasn’t the place because that’s just transient

It isn’t the journey that make’s it the best

It is who you are with – so ignore the rest


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The Causeway Coastal Route

Causeway Coast

We travelled the Causeway Coastal Route from Bushmills to Ballycastle and found the scenery beautiful and the drive pleasant. We stopped at the Causeway, White Park Bay, Dunseverick Castle, Carrick-A-Rede and a few miscellaneous laybys.

We stopped at the Dunseverick Castle ruin as we made our way along the costal route. There isn’t much left, but what there is on its outcropping is impressive. The surrounding views are also great. There is a National Trust carpark on the causeway side of the ruin, and a layby/viewing area on the eastern side. Both parking options are free.

Several of these have viewing spots where payment isn’t needed, though Causeway and Carrick-A-Rede are major National Trust sites and have paid parking (unless member). The views are worth the drive and it is a great alternative route to using the motorway back down south.


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Titanic Experience Belfast

Titanic Belfast

The Titanic museum in Belfast is an excellent experience. The exhibit is highly detailed and takes you through the history and building of the famous ship.

Exhibit

The “Experience” is £21.50 per adult and there is an additional fee for an audio guide. The headset commentary, however, is wonderful and well worth the extra. Note the headsets help keep you on track through the exhibit, some visitors without this resource tracked back on themselves despite the “rope” on the floor showing the way.

The upper floor gives a view of the construction area and gives a context to the vessel’s size.

Titanic

This is a huge museum with lots of walking, though mobility scooters and benches, and lifts are available. Highly recommended!

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In The Giant’s Steps

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According to legend, Finn McCool was getting fed up with being taunted by a Scottish giant. He therefore constructed a long causeway by tossing long columns of stone into the sea and crossed over to confront the malefactor. On arrival he found that the Scot was even larger than himself, so he beat a hasty retreat back to Ireland. He was pursued by his nemesis, however, and had little time to prepare. Finn’s clever wife on the other hand knew exactly what to do. She dressed our hero as a baby and put him in a cot. When the Scot arrived she convinced him that Finn was not at home and only she and Finn’s baby were there. She suggested that if the Scot waited Finn would return shortly. On seeing the size of Finn’s “infant” son, the Scot ran back to Scotland destroying the causeway as he went. All that remains is the Giant’s Causeway near Bushmills and Fingal’s Cave on the Scottish side.

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The Giant’s Causeway is truly a natural wonder. The stones do indeed look as if a giant pounded them into position. Finn McCool was a busy fellow indeed. My wife and I visited here and I am glad we made the journey. The National Trust visitor centre has a good exhibit, and a shuttle bus to the stones is available for just a couple of pounds or free for NT members. The audio headsets are informative, and the staff and volunteers are really helpful. The movie on the science and the McCool story is a nice intro or summing up depending when you see it. It is the sea and the stones though that make the trip.

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Scrabo Tower

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My wife and and I took a little side journey to the Scrabo Tower on our return trip from Mount Stewart. The Scrabo Tower is an interesting monument that was built by the 4th Marquess of Londonderry to honour “Fighting Charlie,” the 3rd Marquess (his father). The tower can be seen from the lands on the opposite side of the Strangford Lough, and all around the family’s huge holdings nearby. The tower is 135 feet (41 m) tall and stands out even more being on the elevation of the Scrabo Hill. The monument is on the grounds of the Scrabo Country Park, and it is a long upwards drive to get to it. From the park there are some great views of the surrounding countryside and the lough. The tower itself is a bit of a walk (I have mobility issues) from the Country Park car park, but it is still a nice pitstop visit.



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A Mersey Moment

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My wife and I made a brief stop next to the Mersey Ferry. We were able to watch the waterfront touristy stuff going on and got a close up view of the Liver Birds and the Fab Four.

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Add in a few kings, a memorial to the Titanic and you have a great hop off mini tour.


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Great Beyond

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When wandering out into the great beyond

You will find wonders made as if by a wizard’s wand

People with different points of view

And many that might look different to you

This is all part of the magic of travel

For it makes your ‘centrisms begin to unravel

It’s not about the beaches and sun-kissed sands

It’s about learning new things in far-off lands


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Lavenham, Suffolk

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I had not been to historic Lavenham since before the pandemic. As my wife and I needed to run an errand in Sudbury, it seemed a great chance to take a peek.

The Church of St Peter and St Paul is majestic on one end of town and from there the road carries the visitor into the past.

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The Swan is a great hotel/watering hole and gives good views to other sights in the town as well. As is usual arriving later in the day in the holiday season, parking is a bit tight. Given a little patience, however, a spot can be found.

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While this was a flying visit I look forward to returning and taking in Long Melford as well.


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