With the sun shining and the wind, an attentive waiter, serving us whiffs of the divine foods cooking on each of the European Stalls, Derry could have easily been mistaken for bustling Barcelona or some other Mediterranean gem. However, with the Maritime Festival well under way in anticipation of the return of the Clipper, my little city, lying dormant since the Fleadh, surprised me once again and pulled off the sleepy covers, rose up its little arms and gave a stretching welcome to those coming to visit.
My Mama and I decided to take full advantage of this.
Inspired by the Maritime Festival, I decided to go a little nautical.
Of course this worked well for me as I've a lot of stripes in my wardrobe.
I sprayed on my last spritz of coconut perfume, put on my shoes and the sound of my rhythmic descending footsteps on the stairs served as my own little contribution to our music city...
|Highly esteemed local band, John Deery & the heads|
Of course I made time for a little retail therapy...
I'm an old soul, so once I discovered a new antique shop called 'Memories' on Waterloo street I had to go explore.
This old Gramophone would be ideal in my imaginary home.
The man at the shop was so kind to turn it on for me, and that crackling sound that's made as the needle secures it's place, is a sound that feels infinite as it reverberates through me, making me feel that for a few seconds that I'm that person in the 1900s. That sound has been heard by someone in the 1900s (which this gramophone was dated) and heard today by me, in 2014.
|Hip flask? Book? Gramophone? Of course I got a photo...|
|Tea for one?|
Of course my Mama and I decided to stop for tea, and where else than 'The Cake Shop' which is a gorgeous little bakery/cafe that I did a post on a while back. Click here for that post.
|Choir outside Richmond centre singing 'Bridge over troubled water'|
|Entrance to The Craft Village|
And a few more photos of the happenings...
I also couldn't resist stopping by Marks and Spencers for dinner and I couldn't pass these beautiful juices.
I'll definitely be back up amongst the crowds, see you there!
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