Had a fantastic two day tour with a long standing ICA group which I have been working with for approximately nine years. Every tour brings its own excitement and laughs - we certainly did a good deal of laughing! The sun shone on us as we walked the historical 17th century walls of Derry and explored the amazing architecture of the Guild hall. A trip inside revealed the motto and purpose of the 12 Guilds assigned to the City. Time to reflect on the Peace Bridge was good. Our accommodation at the Cavan Cristal Hotel was the best I have known in all my guiding years. The food was just too good to leave anything on your plate!
I think the highlight of the tour was the day trip to the Ulster American Folk Park at Omagh, County Tyrone. The trail around the grounds is pretty compact and the story line is amazing. You travel through the history of how many people from Ulster left and settled all over the USA. To see the immigrants first steps on American soil and witness the different variety of foods, experience the skills of working with timber and hunting for food was so interesting. My mind was on the fact that they were free from landlords, rent, taxes etc but surrounded by wild animals!
These tours are memories etched in my mind for life. Thanks ladies for your company, chat, wise cracks, laughter and music.