Category Archives: United Kingdom

S = St. Peter Port

A to Z Ports = St. Peter Port

St. Peter Port is the main port for the Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands. While this may be the main port, it is not large. In fact, it is easy to do a tour around the island while you are in port! This also means that you have to use the ship’s tenders to get to St. Peter Port. It also has it’s own currency and, while most stores will accept British pounds, you will receive your change will be the local currency.

St. Peter Port is a laid-back port and very easy to walk around. There is an interesting fort, Castle Coronet, that guards the port, nice walks and gardens to see throughout this town. This is a very relaxing port to enjoy.

Here is a past post about St. Peter Port.

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Q = Queensferry, Scotland

A to Z Ports: Queensferry, Scotland

If you are on a cruise around the UK, the closest port to Edinburgh is Queensferry. But don’t count on a pier! You will dock near the Forth Railway Bridge and have to take tenders to the small dock. From there, you have many choices to finding your way into Edinburgh. The ship will, of course, push for shore excursions, including one called “Edinburgh on your own” which is really just a shuttle into the city. There are alternative ways to get into Edinburgh and you can find out more and this list may be handy. This is what you will see at the port of Queensferry.

So really, most people will head to Edinburgh — and why not? It is beautiful and has a rich history. And I am looking forward to another trip there soon! Here are some of my favorite photos of my time wandering through the city.

If the pictures seem a little foggy, I can blame the day which was grey with a light mist. I thought I was dressed warm enough, but sadly, I was not and I had to find something hot to drink!

I hope you enjoyed my brief trip to Edinburgh. There will be more to come!

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K = Kirkwall

A to Z Ports: Kirkwall, Orkney Island

The main port for the Orkney Islands is at Kirkwall. You can easily walk off the ship and into the town of Kirkwall. But there s also so much to see on the island, including Skara Brae, a Neolithic village, The Ring of Brodgar, and Maeshowe, a chambered tomb.

In the morning, I took at tour to see sights of the island.

In the afternoon, I walked through the the town of Kirkwall, which includes the Cathedral of St. Magnus and the Bishop’s Castle.

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Sussex towns #AtoZChallenge

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Sussex has a number of charming towns and villages to visit. I spent a day in two neighboring towns — Rye and Winchelsea. It was also nice that it was a bright, Spring day and a great day for photography.

One of the things I enjoyed in Rye were all the names on the doors.

Across from the “Door Opposite” is the Mermaid Inn. This is considered one of the oldest pubs in England. I loved the signed that said it was “re-built in 1420”. Inside the pub were a number of small public rooms, low ceilings and slanting floors. In an area that was probably used as a stable yard now has and outside patio — a great place for a pint or two.

From here, we continued wandering the streets up to the highest part of the town – giving us both a view of nearby Winchelsea and a beautiful church.

Winchelsea is very different from Rye. The streets are not as twisted and the church is very different. It is in the centre of the town with a large area around it, including a graveyard.

 

 

 

 

 

Queen’s Palace Gardens #AtoZChallenge

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In summer months, Buckingham Palace is open for tours. While I heard there were long lines to get in, I must of gotten there at the right time and walked right in. The first part of the tour is through public rooms in the palace, including seeing the banquet room set to perfection. Then, it was on to the gardens in the back — and an outdoor cafe for tea and sweets.

As a kid this is the place I would love to play, finding lovely places to hide. It made me feel like a child.

Green Man #AtoZChallenge

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The Jack in the Green Festival in Hastings is a yearly event that celebrates May Day. Drumming groups and Morris sides are up early, gathering to greet Jack in the Green. They begin the parade Maritime Museum when the Jack of the Green is brought out to take his place. The parade winds its way through the streets of Hastings, finally ending up at Hastings Castle for more Morris dancing and, finally, the banishment of winter, with Jack’s death.

Here is more information on the Jack in the Green Festival.

Experiencing Camden #AtoZChallenge

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I love interesting markets, and Camden Town in London definitely met my expectations! There was just so much to see and do — I was overwhelmed by everything!

First, there are all the different storefronts!

The locks and canal give the area a great respite from the crowds — and there are lots of people!  But I loved the canal…

And of course there were some interesting people & all sorts of wonderful sights and experiences!