What You Cannot Miss in Belfast Northern Ireland - Lucy Williams Global

Last year I cruised around the British Isles. As you saw from my last blog I went to Edinburgh for the first time. This was also my first time to Belfast in Northern Ireland.

We were meant to stop in Galway, Ireland, but it was changed to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Which worked out much better as we had an overnight in Belfast, so we went to the pub, as you do in Ireland!

Pubs

First, we stopped for a drink in The Crown, which is a very old traditional pub with lovely little booths with even a door you can close for privacy! Then we went all the way next door to Robinson’s, not as old, but traditional, most pubs have been changed into ‘trendy pubs’. If you are from the UK, you will understand what I mean by that!

It was nice to see the city in the evening as if you cruise you will know that most of the time the ship will sail before 6 pm. We went for walk around the city after we had some food in the pub. Between us, we had very traditional dishes; steak and Guinness pie, fish and chips, sausages and mash and Irish stew.

Titanic Museum

The next day I went to the Titanic museum, if you are going to Belfast in the future make sure you go there, it was fascinating. It took 3 hours to get around, there was so much to see from the shipbuilding right through to the shipwreck.

There was even a ride that took you through the building of the Titanic. There were examples of the cabins from first to third class and the cabins were surprising.

Titanic Museum

The first class cabins were very plush, in the style of a country hotel with four poster beds with access to a private bathroom. The second class cabins were a lot smaller, not as grand, but still room for a small sofa and a wash basin.

The third class cabins were the first of its type as passenger ships would just have dormitories at this class of ticket. The cabin was small, with bunk beds, still had a small wash basin.

Starline Posters

The only thing with being in third class the toilets were three decks up and there were only two baths for all of the third class passengers! Imagine that now!

There were life-size replica lifeboat and voices of the survivors telling their stories, these were just some of the highlights of the exhibition.

Last Starline Ship

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Titanic Museum Outside

Also, your ticket includes going onboard the ‘Nomadic’ which is the only White Star Line ship left. This was a passenger ship that was mainly for first and second class passengers, a lot smaller than the Titanic was, but interesting to look around.

It was funny coming back to a cruise ship after looking at the early passenger ships, things really have come a long way, but did you know that the Titanic had Turkish baths onboard for the first class passengers and a gym. The gym was very different to nowadays but they had one with an instructor!

Essential Info

  • Weather in summer: 13*C – 22*C
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Wear layers
  • Bring an umbrella, as it does rain a lot! Like this compact one, so you can carry it in your bag.

  • Bring a light rain jacket, like this one in summer colour!

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What You Cannot Miss in Belfast Northern Ireland - Lucy Williams

 

The Sights to See in Edinburgh Scotland in One Day - Lucy Williams Global

I am from the UK, but I had never been to Edinburgh in Scotland before until last year. It took me to be on a cruise to get there.

I have been to Scotland but not to Edinburgh so, I went on a tour to see the sights of the city. My tour included Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia and Princes Street.

As it was the beginning of August the city was packed, the fringe festival was on so there were people everywhere.

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Edinburgh Castle

I visited Edinburgh Castle where Mary Queen of Scots lived. The castle is set on a rock that lies at the top of the city, unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo to capture how dramatic it looked. The castle is called the castle in the air, as it is so high up.

Edinburgh Castle View

I saw the Scottish crown jewels and walked around the part of the castle was where Mary Queen of Scots lived and gave birth to her son James. What I really enjoyed was the view of the city from the castle as you could see right out to sea.

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After the castle tour, we went for lunch, but that was nothing to write home about! Then we went to Princes Street (the main high street) and went to a large souvenir shop and I had to buy something! So I bought myself and my husband beautiful cashmere tartan scarves (not matching!).

Edinburgh

The Royal Yacht Britannia

My favourite part of the day was going on board The Royal Yacht Britannia. It was fascinating.

I love looking at ships and this yacht was more like a ship than a yacht! This yacht had a laundry like a cruise ship would, on a smaller scale.

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Different mess rooms and bars for the different ranks of crew and officers working onboard, several galleys, a medical centre and then the royal quarters and cabins and a Rolls Royce!

It was interesting to see the Royal rooms the cabins were up high so no one could walk past and see them. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh slept in separate bedrooms in single beds.

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There was one Royal cabin that had a double bed that was put in when Charles and Diana went on their honeymoon. The style of the yacht was based on a country home (a high-end one!).

The entertaining dining room was a huge room with a dining table that sat around 20. This room was used as a cinema room and a ballroom.

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The Queen and Prince had separate studies. The living room was a large and only room that looked like a country home.

The only part of the ship that is still in use is the galley as you can have lunch or afternoon tea in the café onboard. If you are going to Edinburgh add this to your list.

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If you are staying in Edinburgh, you may also like to see the Scottish Highlands which is the perfect day trip from the city.

Essential Info

  • Weather is the summer months: 14*C – 20*C
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Wear layers
  • Bring an umbrella as it may rain!

  • Also, I recommend you bring a lightweight packable rain jacket so you can pop it in your bag just in case!

 

You may also enjoy reading:

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ON TOP OF THE WORLD IN THE NORTH POLE LONGYEARBYEN NORWAY

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Last year when there was a heatwave in the UK and I was on top of the world in Longyearbyen in Norway aka the North Pole. I did not have my bikini on! I was freezing!

Why was I in the North Pole in Summer? Of course, I was on a cruise! Cruising the Norwegian Fjords.

Norway North Pole

Longyearbyen is 78 degrees north of the top of the world. It has the most northern population of 2642 people and 3500 polar bears.

So there are more polar bears than people! Also, there are more snow bikes than cars as the snow is there 67% of the time.

The hottest it gets is 10*C in the summer and they see the sun 30% of the year and it only rains 3% of the year. There are no trees, the ground is grass and black sand, it is a strange place!

You cannot be born there or die there. Due to their customs. You wouldn’t want to be buried there as the frost brings the bodies back up! So there are no graveyards there anymore.

I went to the North Pole, but I didn’t see Santa Claus. But I did see the giant post box for all the Christmas lists though. It was huge!

Santa Post Box

 

The day we were there it was 6*C and dry. But I had to go and buy a woolly hat and gloves as it was bitterly cold!

North Pole Lucy

I bought a Barts woolly hat with fleece lining inside as I don’t like itchy hats! It is so warm

 

I bought some gloves by The North Face and these are fantastic as you can still use them on the touchscreen of your phone, so you do not have to take off your gloves to take photos. Excellent idea! They clip together when you take them off too, so you can’t lose a glove! 

So there are your fun facts about Longyearbyen and if you like the cold this is the place for you!

Essential Info

  • Weather in Summer:  0*C – 10*C
  • Bring warm clothes
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Currency: Norwegian krone

 

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On Top of the World in the North Pole - Longyearbyen Norway - Lucy Williams

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Korcula A Must See in Croatia - Lucy Williams Global

Korcula is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea. It is a must see in Croatia, it is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. I discovered this little town while cruising around the Mediterranean last year.

I was sailing in late September to the beginning of November. This is a really nice time to travel as it is a little quieter and the temperature has cooled a few degrees. So, you are not sweating while taking in the amazing scenery and sights!

I wanted to share with you all about my cruises from last summer as I went to some amazing places. The Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic region and the Mediterranean and discovered some new ports of call that I loved.

Korcula in Croatia is a little gem, a small town surrounded by a city wall with tiny streets. Only, big enough for people to walk down. With small churches, shops, restaurants and wine shops. It is like a mini Dubrovnik without the crowds!

The ocean was aquamarine with the mountains in the distance, picture perfect. It was not busy there either which made it quite charming after visiting some ports with thousands of people milling around.

The streets were tiny with sandstone bricks with little churches, that were gorgeous. Korcula had lots of little jewellery shops and wine shops with wine tasting.

Korcula is the birthplace of Marco Polo the famous explorer. I went to visit the Marco Polo museum that showed his life. If you are interested in his travels it is worth a visit.

At the time it cost 8 Euros entrance. They give you an iPod to listen to the story of his travels through Asia to his imprisonment and back to Venice as you walk through the museum.

While I was in Korcula I had to sample the local cuisine so I enjoyed a glass of the local white wine and a carpaccio of octopus while enjoying a view of the crystal clear water.

Essential Info

  • Weather September – October: 16*C – 25*C
  • Currency: Kuna (Some places take Euros)
  • Language: Croatian, but most people speak English
  • Take your camera or phone as there are many photo opportunities. I used my iPhone or point and shoot camera like the these below.


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Camogli A Hidden Gem in Liguria Italy - Lucy Williams Global

Camogli is a hidden gem in Liguria as most people go to Portofino. Portofino is beautiful, just be ready to get your wallet out and pay a little more! There is a reason why Pucci and Paul & Shark are there!

This hidden gem is in the north-west of Italy on the Ligurian coast, near Genoa about 45 minutes by the train or car and approx 2 hours 45 minutes from Milan.

Camogli is on the other side of the Portofino Hill and is slightly bigger, it has a larger selection of restaurants and has the normal price tags of local restaurants.

Camogli means housewife; as it was the village of the fishermen and it was where the women lived, waiting for their husbands to return.

It is a beautiful seaside fishing town with a beach and a little harbour with a small ferry boat that goes to neighbouring towns on the Riviera. They stop in San Fruttuoso, Punta Chiappa, Recco, Cinque Terra or even to Genoa.

The buildings are painted with pretty patterns and even have painted on the walls window shutters and some with a cat sitting on the window ledge. All the buildings are colours of yellow, terracotta, green and pink.

There are lovely little shops with handmade shoes and clothes, artwork, quirky souvenirs and jewellery. So you can find something different and not pay a fortune for it.

Most of the restaurants are all on the waterfront with a fantastic view of the ocean, Portofino Hill and the church. They mainly serve fish and seafood and of course the local dishes.

Pasta with pesto, pansotti (walnut sauce with spinach and ricotta filled pasta), focaccia del formaggio (very thin cheese pie the size and depth of a pizza) and farinata (thin bread, the size of a pizza made of chickpea flour), great for the gluten-free gang! There are a lot of gluten-free dishes in most of the restaurants in Camogli.

Here, you should try anchovies and clams with spaghetti, they are the best! There is a gelato shop under the arch that is a must to go to if you visit. This my favourite gelato shop and there are lots of flavours to choose from.

If you fancy a beach day, you can sit on the small public beach, but get there early! Or use one of the private beaches and pay for a sun lounger for the day.

In Liguria and most parts of Italy, the beaches are private and they provide sun loungers, deck chairs, umbrella, changing room, showers, toilets and a beach bar/restaurant for a charge.

Other blogs you may enjoy in Italy: An Inside Guide to Medieval Genoa

Essential Info

  • Camogli is very photogenic from every angle so pack your camera or phone. I take all my photos with my iPhone.

  • If you are driving to Camogli, get there early as the car park is not big.
  • The shops close between 1 pm – 3/4 pm, so if you want to shop go early.
  • Weather in the summer months: 20*C – 30*C
  • Wear sunscreen and insect repellent. I like sunscreen by Neutrogena as it is a fine spray and very easy to apply and I use Jungle Formula insect repellent as it does the job.

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