We have the best part of a week here before the races begin, so plenty of time to play the tourist.
After a good sleep in on Tuesday morning, we were off to explore. We have seen lots of the touristy places here on our previous visits, but there is still so much to see.
We thought we might go in to the Information Centre and get some information, as you do, but on the way decided to take a detour to Port Soderick. This was once a little seaside resort, but is now derelict.
Still nice to have a wander on the “Beach”.
Low tide always looks unappealing.
Who would think that the seaweed would be so interesting up close.
I had a look for sea glass and found a couple of tiny pieces.
Back on track, until we pulled up to enjoy the view along the coast.
Anyway, back on our original mission……..until our next detour. This time to Douglas Head. We’ve passed the turn off on countless occasions, but never turned in. We went up a tiny lane, found a car park and went for a ramble. It looks steep, but so do most places here.
Up we go.
The Camera Obscura is a tourist attraction from Victorian Times which was restored and reopened about 10 years ago. Of course it was closed when we were up there.
Douglas Head light house was looking splendid.
Once you climb to the top of the headland there is a wonderful view back across the bay to Douglas.
We’re always intrigued by the lumps of concrete in the breakwater.
Here we are, two old fogeys looking out to sea.
We could sit here for ages soaking in this view.
It would be a tough life living in these apartments, with fantastic views.
Anyway, we’d better keep on our way to the Information Centre, but not before stopping to take a snap of the Life Boat Shed.
And the little light house.
Actually, after all that walking it would be rather nice to grab a coffee. Let’s park down on the Promenade. Watch out for the tram.
I think we’d better go up to Marks and Spencers. I’m hanging out for an Eccles Cake, or as Lou would say, a “Fly Cemetery”. Remember to ask for no cream on the skim mocha. A medium will be good. Oh my goodness! Look at the size of that. I must remember next time to ask for a small.
While we’re here, we might as well have a wander up the main street.
It’s always good to walk off morning tea along the Promenade.
Aren’t the gardens looking a picture.
There’s the refuge tower out in the bay.
Didn’t I see a lovely floral display around near the marina? Let’s go and have a look.
There’s a few dollars moored there.
Hey Mick, isn’t that one of your favourite cars parked over there?
OK, that’s the Sea Terminal just behind you, I suppose we’d better go over there and get some information brochures.
No photos. I forgot!