Our time in Ireland has come to an end. We have spent twelve days in Ireland. It is one of the most beautiful countries we have visited. We are not trying to compare it with what we have seen or experienced in Canada and Alaska. Each country is unique in its own way. Ireland has a very long history starting from prehistoric times. It has a unique culture very different from England. More than anything, the people are so friendly, hospitable and helpful. In the hotels, we tried the Full Irish Breakfast which was totally different from Full English breakfast. Their bacon served for breakfast is very salty and their black and white pudding needs getting used to. We ate dinners in their pubs and restaurants where they serve steaks with boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes and potato wedges. We never managed to get a medium rare steak. They take your order for a medium rare steak, but always serve a well done steak. We never tried or asked for a well done steak knowing we could end up with a totally burnt chunk of meat. We were leaving this beautiful and hospitable country and going back to UK. From Dublin, we were catching the Ferry and crossing over to Holyhead. In the morning we had a Full Irish Breakfast in the hotel for the last time and drove to the ferry terminal. The terminal was only about twenty minutes from our hotel. This time there was no delay at all. The Ferry came at the right time and we boarded it sharp on time. The sea was rough unlike the previous occasion, so we did not order any food.
From Holyhead, we still had to drive another 150 kilometres to our hotel in Liverpool.
We drove slowly taking our time. Our hotel was in an area similar to a business park outside the city. We did not have time to visit the city. Liverpool is an industrial city and we had little time to explore the city. We were using this hotel merely as a stop over. There were not many restaurants in the area. I am sure we could find many good restaurants in the city centre. We wanted to have a quick dinner and take a rest. There was an Indian restaurant on the same building as our hotel. We went there for dinner and found the food to be different from normal Indian food. They serve over sized pappadams bigger than the plate. They serve a huge Naan hanging from a hook of a hanger on wheels which the waiter pushes along to your table. One is enough for a table of six or eight people.
We left Liverpool in the morning after breakfast in the hotel restaurant and headed towards Glasgow. While travelling to Glasgow, we have crossed the boreder and come to Scotland. Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. It is well known for the University of Glasgow which was established in the 15th century. It is also one of the largest seaports in UK.
We had only one night in Glasgow. We have booked a Premier Inn hotel which was outside the main city. The hotel was in a quiet area. We drove to the city centre and did some shopping. Mala did not have a chance to do any shopping while in Ireland. Glasgow had several shopping centres and the hotel reception gave us directions to go to one of the biggest shopping centres in the city. We spent the whole afternoon in the shops and Mala managed to buy a few items. I was not interested in buying anything for myself. We decided to have dinner in one of the restaurants in the shopping centre. There was a big restaurant made in American style. It was surprisingly full of people. We had to give our names and wait for more than thirty minutes to get a table. We tried their steaks and they were quite soft, juicy and tasty. We understood why the place was always full.
Our hotel, had a Costas restaurant attached to it. Costas is a well known chain restaurant in UK. The hotel has arranged for us to have breakfast in this restaurant.
There was no set menu, you can select whatever you want and serve yourself or order what you want.
In both Ireland and England, we drove through miles and miles of farmland. We found cattle and lamb to be the main animals in the farms. We did not see many other animals in the parks or even national parks. In some areas, they have Deer signs to alert drivers, but we did not see any of them while driving. Normally the lamb is white in colour. We saw a few black lamb and some white ones with black heads. I am not sure whether these colours are common in Australia.
We left the hotel after breakfast and headed towards Inverness which is in Scotland. We will write about it in our next topic.