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Apr 15, 2018 12:00 AM Cork in the rain - Ireland

Cork in the rain - Ireland The sea was very rough in the night. But at 10 am we entered the bay and soon docked in the port of Cobh where thousands of Irish emingants once boarded the ships going to America. Then suburban train took me for 10 euro RT to much bigger city of Cork. Cork is the second largest town in Irish Republic. From the Cork Kent station I was walking to the Catholic Cathedral of St Mary and Anna - beautiful interior there! Then I walked in the rain down to the river enjoying the views of many cozy, narrow streets. In the centre which is located on the other side of the river there are many pedestrian zones with colorful pubs and shops. More gray churches in this part of the city, fountain in the Parade and... closed tourist office. Shame - they are closed on Sunday. So I returned to the station just to recognize that abord the train they offer free internet! That's why I am able to send this message... Long live Irish Rail! :)

Apr 14, 2018 12:00 AM Belfast -we are in the Ulster!

Belfast -we are in the Ulster! The dock is far away from the city center so they offer free shuttle bus to the main square of Belfast. Gret city hall stands here and info office i in front of it. Free wi-fi, tons of brochures. I took a walk to the cathedral - they charge 5 pounds entry fee! Then Just in front f the tourist office I found the guy offering for 25 pounds an excursion to Giants Causeway. Let's go, on the ship they offer the same for 70 pounds!
The 6- hours excursion was great - mostly because the good weather on the coast. We visited on the way Bushmill wiskey destillery, but the highlight wad Griant's Causeway - the UNESCO World Heritage Site -see the pictures in my gallery...

Apr 13, 2018 12:00 AM Glasgow - Scotland

Glasgow - Scotland It is because it is Friday 13th... It was cloudy in the morning when we docked in The port of Greenock - close to Glasgow. When we get ashore it was already raining. Greenrock on the Clyde river mouth is famous for the convoys formed herd during WW2. Not much to do, so I went to the bus station in the city center to jump on the bus 906 departing to Glasgow - return off-peak ticket cost just 5,75 pounds ant the trip takes 45 minutes.
Glasgow is a huge town and, I am sorry to say that -it is not nice. But it is definitely worth to visit here gotic St Mungo's cathedral. It consists in fact of 3 churches: back, fotward and lower one where the tomb of the saint is located. You will see there great glass works in the windows. Entry is free. I took also the walk to Clyde River and then I crossed the centre of the city to George Square. The rain stopped! A lot of traffic in the center, but they have nice pedestrian zones in Buchanan and Argyle streets. In the afternoon I returned to the ship. Tomorrow we shoul be in the Northern Ireland...

Apr 12, 2018 12:00 AM Tobermory - from the fairy tale...

Tobermory - from the fairy tale... We are in the North of Scotland. Imagine hilly island Mull partly covered by forests and a little town in the bay with a line of colorful houses, churches (one of them is converted into cafe) and small fishing boats. This is Tobermory... where the pictures to the children movieswere taken. The sun is shining and spirng flowers are already in blossom. Great place! I took a long walk by the coastal path to the distant, picturesque lighthouse. On the way back we climbed the hill for the better views of the sound. Then lunch in the town and another long walk to the waterfalls. Great place, great day!

Apr 11, 2018 12:00 AM Shetlands - northernmost British Islands

Shetlands - northernmost British Islands It was swinging in the night, but the weather was nice when we reached Lerwick - the capital of Shetland Islands in the morning. Do you remember? Years ago I landed on the South Shetland islands in Antarctica! But here I am for the first time. Lerwick is little (7,500 people) town, but is is very atmospheric with its narrow streets and stone houses, There is Fort Charlotte with old cannons to visit and some small churches. Shetlands are famous for the wool products - they have plenty of black sheeps here. Many small fishing boats in the port, nice people - I took a long walk around. In the middle of the day lovely sun appeared. It the tourist office very few visitors - this place is far from the beaten track! In the night we are turning south -to the Atlantic - it will be warmer and warmer each day, I believe. Greetings from the norther tip of Britain!

Apr 10, 2018 12:00 AM The Orkney Islands

The Orkney Islands Cloudy morning, only 6 deg Celsius. We dock in Kirkwall - the capital of the Orkney Islands. Strange place. Islands are flat, without any forest...
It is 4 kms ftom the cruise dock tp the little town. Local authorities offer free shuttle bus... The ship offers island excursions for around 50 pounds. Let's you know that you can see the same for 12 pounds using the bus T11 starting at 10 am from the city bus station. That's what I did!
Tha main attraction on the island is Skara Brae - the stone settlement 4500 years old. Impressive stone Ring of Brodgar - ceremonial site is also worth to see. In the afternoon I visited the capital of the island with huge cathedral of St Magnus and Ruins of Bishop's palace...
The Scapa Flow - big bay, once the huge base of the British fleet is completely empty now - only 2 oil platforms and one tanker there....

Apr 09, 2018 12:00 AM Surprise: We are Sailing north

Surprise: We are Sailing north It was sunny afternoon yesterday when our captain announced that due to the stormy weather in the English Channel we do not go west - to the La Manche, but north - to the top of the UK... not clockwise but anticlockwise around British Islands.... So today we have a day at sea... I have a time to go around the ship, to attend the party for solo travellers (My team won a quiz and we get the vouchers for two drinks :) ). In the crew there are many Ukrainians and Romanians... I like especially the musicians. We experience the swinging of the ship... In the evaning Abba show in the theater and welcome meeting with cpt. Zhukov - he is Russian...

Apr 08, 2018 12:00 AM Early flight to Amsterdam

Early flight to Amsterdam 4 am wake-up to be at 5.15 at the Gdansk airport. KLM plane was already waiting. Ittook us 1,5 hours to get to Amsterdam. I was impressed by the good service - they offer two sandwiches, juice, tea or cooffe and even a beer for those who like it! Nice and warm weather in Amsterdam Airport but... in the tourust office they do not have free city maps. If you want one you have to pay 2,50 euro...
The train from the airport to the central stationcosts already 5,30 euro!
Once in the center I took the walk to the Cruise Passenger Terminal. It is like 20 min walk only, but use the "ferry" exit from the station and walk along the canal, otherwise you will make a big loop. Thousands of bikes parked on the bank of the canals.
At 11 am I checked in and they allowed me to board the ship. It is old "Magellan", built in 1985 for Carnival Cruises. Not so nice, with dirty carpeting and dark inside cabins. So why I am here? Because low price and interesting route - nobody else do it...
After boat drill at 2.30 pm I had a time to go outside and take a walk. We are departing at 6 p.m.

Apr 07, 2018 12:00 AM New Maritime Voyage!

New Maritime Voyage! Two weeks after return from Central America I am setting off on a sea voyage! But this will be not an expedition ...:) A small ship leaving Amsterdam will take me on a cruise around the British Isles. It consisted that until now, busy with world-wide traveling, so far I had no opportunity to explore smaller and larger islands scattered around England. It will be a relaxing journey, and if only the weather will be good I hope to bring from it interesting photos. So please keep your fingers crossed for the good weather!

Mar 31, 2018 12:00 AM Easter Island for Easter

Easter Island for Easter Ooops! I reached maximum number of pictures I can upload to Globosapiens collection in March... Well, tomorrow will be April and new voyage is ahead of me.

Today, just one day before Easter Sunday Radio Gdansk invited me for the live talk on the air about my two stays on Easter Island (do you remember - last time I spent Easter there?). The journalist asking the questions - Beata Szewczyk - is a charming person. She was very kind to me, emphasizing my great traveller's output. Can you imagine that 2 hours on the air was not enough to talk about all interesting subjects?

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