Page 14 of letyourspiritrunfree Travel Blog Posts

Today was dominated by the "Political and Mural" black taxi tour. It was just Jane and I and the guide, Norman Reilly, born and bred Belfast, and who spent 11 months in prison as a 17 year old during the Protestant - IRA "war". It was totally enlightening, bringing back many memories of incidents and names of major protagonists we had seen on television and read in the newspapers when younger. Jane and I walked through the streets where the violence had raged and had claimed the lives of 1200 people in one square mile. Since the ceasing of hostilities a "Peace Wall" has been built separating Shankill Road and Falls Road (Protestant and Catholic areas). Come 7pm the gates are shut. The captions for the photos add to the story. After the tour we walked ... read more
The truth.
Typical mural depicting a memorial to a fallen "hero".
Jane representing women of the world.

It cannot go unmentioned the true gentleman Rob Elliott is, as he took 2.5 hours out of his day, to drive us to Manchester Airport. We are very appreciative indeed. There we caught a Flybe flight to Belfast arriving ahead of timetabled time. Picking up our hire car the fun and games began ... "You can't go this way ... I'm not. I'm following the arrow ... we need the A2 ... stay left ... cross over now ... I'm crossing over ... careful someone's merging ... stay left ... go off here ... city centre ... A2 ... left I said. The A2. I'm on the A2. See the sign ... no, it'll take us back to the airport ... it's a different airport ... No! Left! ... I can't. I'm boxed in ... now ... read more
The Crown Bar
Grand Opera House
Street scene

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral April 22nd 2018

I began my walk at 6am. No one was about. It was cool but not overly so. Headed to the cliff walk to see that the tide was out and the yachts tilted to the side as they stuck fast to the mud. Rabbits galore scurrying from bush to bush, hole to hole. Squirrels too. Overhead numerous sea birds flying to their destination in perfect V formation. The sun was yet to rise but would do soon. Still no one about. Best time to be out. I headed to the sea wall in front of the small township of West Kirby. No breeze and witnessed the sun rise and come from behind a few clouds as I stood out on the sea wall. Reminded me of home in the early morning when I head out onto ... read more
On the sea wall looking towards West Kirby as the sun rises.
Walking the wall.
Tide is out. The yachts are stuck.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral April 21st 2018

The correct decision was made by flying in and spending relaxing, chilling out days with Rob and Mary. Conversation, laughs and quality food are in abundance. Surprisingly, I have been disciplined in the later! The walk up and through Caldy Hill was refreshing and gave us a superb view of the surrounds, looking down on the township of Caldy, the River Dee, across to northern Wales and the wind powered turbines scattered across the sea out from Liverpool. We are being blessed with beautiful weather. Naturally we are taking all the credit by bringing it with us from Western Australia. It must be said, that the icing on the cake was the West Coast Eagles win back home!... read more
Character entrance.
Through the foliage.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Wirral April 20th 2018

Caldy is a small, affluent village on the Wirral Peninsula, England, located to the south east of West Kirby and is situated on the eastern side of the Dee Estuary. The historic village is characterised by the following: Winding roads with sandstone walls • properties enclosed by high walls with private yards or gardens • well maintained public or semi-public spaces with shrubs and herbaceous plants with a mixture of winding and long straight roads overhung with mature trees • Relatively high density • Low building heights • ‘single material’ houses • use of natural stone, pale brown brick or ‘black and white’ • many houses have eaves dormers, mullioned windows and kneelers on gables • Vertical boarded timber front fences A very 'take-it-easy' day. A relaxing, if not cold, walk for an hour or so ... read more
View from our bedroom towards the River Dee.
Typical of the Caldy homes.

Asia April 20th 2018

Our overnight stay in Dubai is over, so it is, "Goodbye Dubai," until another time. The flight to our destination, Manchester Airport, was uneventful, just as we like it. To pass the time it was indulge in movie viewing ("Stratton", "24 Hours to Live" and "American Made") and listening to a little music (Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry - none which were/are conducive to sleep). It took an hour to pass through Border Control and baggage collection before being met by Rob and Mary (Jane's cousin). Approximately an hour later we arrived in the small township/village of "Caldy", closer to Liverpool than to Manchester. We thank them very much for their generosity in picking us up and for the subsequent accommodation too. Surprisingly, according to Mary and Rob, we were greeted by ... read more
A 'planned' Goodbye Dubai.

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth » Perth Airport April 18th 2018

Preparation over. Departure time arrived. Ready to Explore and Enjoy. Smiling BIG time. A little about Perth International Airport - There has been significant investment and planning for the future at the Perth Airport. It is envisaged that all commercial air services will operate from one precinct, Airport Central, offering a world-class airport experience. The International Departures has been transformed with expansion and refurbishment that has greatly improved the outbound international customer experience and now offers a far greater range of retail and dining choices, along with improved check-in, outbound immigration and security screening areas. The flight on EK425, Perth to Dubai (11hours), consisted of attempted sleep, eat (Scrambled Eggs), pee, movie (Death of Stalin), attempted sleep, pee, movie (Hostiles), pee, attempted sleep, pee, movie (Thank You For Your Service)... read more
Jane, happy as!

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