Thursday, October 18, 2007

Isle of Man Holiday -- No. 01, Arrival at Douglas

We arrived at Isle of Man at about 1:30 in the afternoon. We caught a taxi to downtown Douglas where we had a nice hotel booked.

After we settled in our room a bit, we went for a stroll which turned into about a two mile walk. We walked from our hotel down the promenade to the Sea Terminal building.

[A note here, we are at Alexandria, Louisiana, today and I am posting this using the motel's WIFI.]

Merle, especially, the Fairy Bridge and the Fairy Garden are here. (link)

This is the Promenade. I thought you might like to see it lit up a little later in the evening also. My picture doesn't do it justice as it is very impressive all lighted up.

When we tired of the sidewalk, there would be this pretty flowering garden to walk in. We just didn't get as far as fast. But we could 'smell the roses' there. It was sunken so as to not interfere with the drivers line of sight.

We could see the "Tower of Refuge" out in the harbor. The plaque on the promenade explained why it was there. Life boats are a big deal in Isle of Man because of this fellow, Sir William Hillary. Google him, why don't you?

A typical teenager setting all around the world. Contemplating their world here, and hanging out.

Finally we got to the Sea Terminal. This was our primary destination as it housed the visitor center which was open until 7:00 p.m. Our taxi driver called it the world's largest orange juicer.

We picked up some maps and planned our BIG DAY, the next day. We decided to go from Douglas north as far as the Electric Railway would take us. And visit the island's highest mountain on the way. [Do you smell a future blog here?]

I asked one of the two ladies if she knew any Corkills. Corkill was my grandfather's family name, and it was my mom's maiden name.

The lady really surprised us when she said that her maiden name had been Corkill also. FOUND, A DISTANT COUSIN!! At the hotel, I looked in the phone book, there was a page of them in there, three whole columns and a smidgen more.

A marker in honor of Queen Victoria's visit during the 1887 Jubilee.

The phone worked but I never saw anyone use it. Cell phones have pretty well made these things obsolete.

What follows are a group of commercial ventures we passed on the way back. We took a different route, even visiting a grocery store.

In the front part of the store there was a Subway sandwich shop.

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The world is a rather small place. Keep the pictures and travel stories rolling along ... and say hi to the Mrs.
Thanks for the tour...I had a great time!
Sounds like you having a great time. The phone booth picture made me laugh - you are so right everyone has a cell phone in their ear.
Were there any women in that bar, or was it for 'men' only?
Seeker -- Mrs. Jim checked on that bar and decided that I shouldn't go in. She came right out.

So we will never know.

Cheyenne -- More will be coming, stay tuned.

Ralph -- It WAS a awonderful time. The pretty scenes are coming up.

MM -- We are working hard here in Alexandria, cleaning house, getting the yard presentable, etc.
Not much time for play or holiday stuff.
Now Jim, you know, as well as I do, that there are no mountains in Louisiana.....If you found one, I would like to know where it is....The only mountains we have here in Houston is Mt. Houston Road.

Looks like you had a great time.
Hi Jim ~~ Great photos from your trip. Thanks for the link to Fairy Bridge & garden. I had seen them the night before. Thanks for your comments. Olive is amazing for her age 108 is hard to imagine.
The lamb was delicious, John is OK, just hope they got it all. .I was a
week early talking Daylight saving - it starts next weekend and goes till 6th April 2008.
Keep the photos and stories coming as they are interesting. Take care.
Regards, Merle. How is your knee?

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