Transport & Touring 3
The Galleries are made up of random Worldwide pictures.
This section will combine Touring (Holiday) with a
mix of Transport seen.
Cunard 175 Years of Service
Lusitania (Lucy) Memorial Cruise
On Board Queen Victoria
03 to 10 May 2015
Galleries 44 to 49
Southampton and the beginning of the175 years celebration and all
three of Cunard's Queens take part in a multiple departure.
Queen Mary - Queen Victoria - Queen Elizabeth
Your Host on board Queen Victoria.
Queen Mary is the only ship in the World built as a liner and cruise ship.
Three Queens depart Southampton for different destinations.
We visit St. Peter Port, Guernsey, CI and tour the town and see a local
car club gathering.
We also visit Victor Hugo's House.
Guernsey is also celebrating Liberation Day (WW2) and bunting is all
over the town with many shop windows dressed for the celebration.
Our next call is Le Havre, a very modern French city and port, that has
seen much restoration after WW2 damage.
The Hotel de Ville, with lovely gardens, is well worth seeing.
The local tram system runs straight through the gardens.
The church of St. Josephs is built of reinforced concrete and is in the
shape of a lighthouse with a bell tower reaching over 300 feet .
The interior is spectacular with very modern stained glass windows
and a striking alter in the centre of the building.
In complete contrast and in the old style is Notre-Dam Cathedral
and again it has wonderful stained glass windows.
In the city centre is a man made lake with a superb foot bridge
On one side of the lake are the WW1 and WW2 war memorials.
In all a vibrant city and commercial sea port.
We arrive at Cobh, Eire on a glorious day and take the local train to Cork.
Cork is a very friendly City with much to see especially the
We take a trip on an open top tour bus so as to see all the main attractions on our a short visit.
We return to Cobh to see the remembrance activities for the loss of Lusitania exactly 100 years ago to the day.
There were very many things to see and do in the town with a parade of local boats in the harbour that evening.
The parade remembers all the boats that went out to the Lusitania to help rescue survivors.
A remarkable day that your Host and Wife were very proud to play a small part in remembering Lusitania.
Dublin - If you translate Dublin from Gallic into English it is Blackpool.
Regrettably the weather let us down and it poured with rain all day on our city visit.
We opted for a city tour on a luxury coach and despite the rain on the windows I managed to get quite a lot of photographs of Dublin.
I must apologise for picture quality due to photographing through rain
splattered windows and some misting up
I think you still get a flavour of the city and on a fine day it would be a great place to see and be in.
Very much in evidence on the tour were the many Guinness factory sites creating the World famous brew.
The luxury coach was a real benefit being warm and with hot drinks available during the tour and very comfortable to ride in instead of the usual open top bus.
The rain did not let up the whole time we were in Dublin and we look forward to returning, hopefully, on a dry day.
We now have a final day at see returning to Southampton.
On our passage up the English Channel we pass Eddystone Lighthouse.
After arrival at Southampton we journey home to Poole, Dorset.
A look around Queen Victoria plus food and various other things to see on the ship.
Killarney and The Ring of Kerry
With Wayahead Travel and
Sea View Coaches
27 May to 02 June 2015
We travel from England into Wales and then cross the sea to Eire
We travel from Poole, Dorset along the A31 - M27 - A34 and M4.
A coffee stop at Leigh Delamara Services on the M4 provide some interesting trucks in the lorry park.
Lunch is taken at Pont Abraham Services near Swansea before proceeding to Fishguard for our ferry to Rosslare, Eire.
We travel on the car/truck ferry Stena Europe.
From Rosslare we make the short journey to Wexford for an overnight stay.
From Wexford we travel along the N25 to Dungarvan a lovely small
seaside town with a very impressive war memorial.
Our next stop is Blarney where we have lunch and tour the shopping
out let area.
Our route then takes us along the N25 and N22 to Killarney.
The following day is free time and we explore the town and especially the railway station of Iarnrod Eiereann or Irish Railways.
During the afternoon we visit St, Mary's Cathedral and happen to arrive as a wedding is about to take place.
I hope the bride did not mind me taking pictures of her and publishing them?
Today we take a horse drawn Jaunting Car ride through the town of Killarney and into the Killarney National Park (The first National
Park in Eire).
The park area does not allow vehicles except for Jaunting Cars and bicycles, subsequently the park is a very peaceful place with stunning mountain and lake views.
Our horse car delivers us to Lough Lein (One of three lakes in the park) where we take a boat ride around the lake.
After this we return to Killarney.
Our visit to Killarney happens to Coincide with Ireland BikeFest 2015 and the town is full of motorbikes of all description, bus especially Harley Davidsons.
I will let the pictures do the talking.
In the evening we stroll around and take in the Saturday evening atmosphere.
The Ring of Kerry
Today is the highlight of our tour and the weather is kind to us with mostly sunny periods and only a couple of short showers.
The Ring of Kerry is 112 miles in length and a must do if you are in Southern Eire.
Again I will let the pictures do the talking.
Monday, a bank holiday, we depart Killarney and retrace our route back to
After very good weather for our Ring of Kerry trip today it rains ALL day long.
In our coach we are warm and dry, but sadly most of the bikers from the BikeFest returning to Wexford for the Rosslare Ferry would get very wet.
We stop in Cobh and tour The Queenstown Experience that feature the Cunard liner Lusitania and the White Star liner Titanic.
From Cobh we travel to Waterford where we tour The Waterford Crystal visitors centre and factory where we see how the crystal glassware is made.
The next morning we take the early ferry, 0930, back the Fishguard again on the ferry Stena Europe.
Back in Wales we travel to The Outlet Centre near Bridgend for lunch.
As far as your Host is concerned there is only one shop worth visiting and that is the Cadbury Chocolate shop.
Much needed supplies were purchased.
We then continue along the M4 'till we reach the A34 junction at the
Chieveley Service area where your Host again visits the truck park for more lorry photographs.
Back along the A34 - M27 and A31 to Poole, Dorset where we arrive at 2100 in Sea View coaches yard.
we then return the short distance home by taxi.
A very good holiday well planned by Wayahead travel and
Sea View Coaches'
09 to 12 October 2015
Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool Trams, Blackpool Tower,
Blackpool Piers and all that goes to make Blackpool The Queen of the
Iberia & Morocco
Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 3
22 November to 04 December 2016
Southampton - At Sea - La Coruna
We travel from Poole, Dorset to the Southampton Cruise terminal where
we board Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 3.
A look around our ship before departure and then two full days at sea.
Our first call is La Coruna, Spain.
Weather not kind, but we manage to dodge most of the rain.
A lovely city well known for its glass fronted balconies.
At Sea - Tangier, Morocco - At Sea
A day at sea and plenty of on board activities to pass the time.
Tangier a vibrant city with a very animated life style.
A great place to get lost and find all sorts of attractions and markets.
Another day at sea and again many things to do on board.
you can do as much or as little as you like.
Despite an overcast day and rain later, the splendour of new and old buildings work well together.
The city has some amazing new construction that can be seen via open
top tour buses.
Valencia was subject to regular flooding and a few years ago the river, the main flooding problem, was diverted away from the city centre so as to relieve the flood problems.
In the city centre there is now an empty river bed with all the old bridges still in place and in use.
The river bed has been developed into a green area.
A lovely city with all the important buildings, streets and attractions within walking distance of our ship.
The Roman Theatre is in wonderful condition and commands good view over the city.
Close by is a modern theatre the same shape as the Roman one.
Nice to be back in Gibraltar with all the reminders of home such as : M&S,
policemen in the same uniform as GB, red pillar boxes, red telephone kiosks etc.
Again a damp day, but spirits not dampened with all the vibrant life going on around us.
Leaving Gibraltar and passing through the straits back into the North Atlantic is an excellent ship spotting area.
Always plenty to do in Lisbon.
Nice to ride on the trams although the full system is now truncated.
On our visit Lisbon was celebrating Independence day.
Across The Bay of Biscay to Southampton
A nice calm crossing of the bay.
Again plenty of on board activities, with a formal night, shows, entertainment, lectures and again doing as much or a little as you like.
The Baltic on board MV Celebrity Eclipse
18 June to 02 July 2017
The Gallery titles are self explanatory for location.
Poole - Southampton - North Sea.
Our ship. Gallery 109
Copenhagen, Denmark. Gallery 110
Inside Access tour. Gallery 111
Tallinn, Estonia. Gallery 112
St, Petersburg, Russia. Gallery 113
Helsinki, Finland. Gallery 114
Stockholm, Sweden. Gallery 115
Sea - Clouds - Sunsets. Gallery 116 Warnemunde, Germany. Gallery 117 Shipping. Gallery 118
FOOD. Gallery 119
North Sea - Southampton - Poole