Thursday, 22 November 2012
Either that or we are getting better at hiding from water these days.
You may recognise the old soap dodger above,wandering round the Bogside in head to toe blue apparel. We are both that used to wearing our jackets every weekend on the hills it never struck us this colour might not be such a clever idea but no-one in the area seemed to mind as they are well used to tourists wandering around by now. I had my usual green one with me,an intentional choice on my part as the only other one I possess,as you know, is bright orange.I,m not that keen on it as I look like a numpty in it and it scares away any wildlife on the hills. This is now a free standing gable but at one point was probably part of a row of houses.
Derry/Londonderry has such a long interesting history there,s no way I can squash any of it into here so visit this link for a better understanding of the layout and complexity of this amazing city.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derry
We didn,t have a great deal of time here as we were staying somewhere else and didn't fancy driving around unfamiliar city streets at rush hour in the dark but we managed to pack a lot into the couple of hours we had available.
From an outsider tourist point of view however,although still obviously divided into two halves either side of the walls people are free to drive or walk back and forth as they please into the city.Like any large urban area there are dangers walking around at night in the outlying districts I,d imagine but the same is true of Glasgow, Manchester or London.I noticed from my visitor map that there is a national cycle route along the banks of the Foyle running right through the city,past several parks , the newly built peace bridge and Ebrington Square so there is plenty to see and do visitor wise with walking tours,cycle hire,and dozens of tourist attractions within a short distance.Everyone we met was helpful and good natured and seemed genuinely pleased we were exploring and learning about their city.
A great first day behind us we headed for Graeme's house and the mountains of Donegal.
The Blue Stack Mountains.The Sperrins, the Ox and the Iron mountains The Derry Veagh range.All new ,mysterious and wonderful to this first time vistor.Yippeee! Bring em on!
I tried to find something apt and different for this weeks video.As anyone who reads this post knows by now I,m not religious in any way,shape or form and cant be arsed with politicians 99 percent of the time.In my twenties I discovered folk music in the record collections of local libraries and it was a revelation to someone brought up with pop and rock.Here was music with great tunes, complex stories and history I knew nothing about. Scottish, English and Irish folk.I became a big fan of Christy Moore's early traditional stuff ,Dick Gaughan,The Dubliners,June Tabor, The bothy band and many many more.
I tried to find a Juicy version of the Rocky Road to Dublin as this was a song I tried to learn the words to myself on three different occasions... and failed.I do know all the words to 20 odd songs but this one beat me every time ! I always get the middle section mixed up.
Irish music has travelled the globe. Little did I dream the answer would be in Germany with a German band singing Irish folk tunes.I do hope they are not swearing in German thoughout as that is verboten on the blog.Looks a great gig though.