Sunday, July 24, 2011

Drivey McDriverson

With a couple of sunny days (for a change) headed our way here, Barry and I decided to take a little road trip down to Newcastle.  It's a small seaside town, but it was crammed full of tourists.  We arrived after a two hours car ride where I got to drive for the first time here since we rented an automatic car for the journey.  Trying to find an automatic here to rent is a challenge to say the least, but we did it.

Barry was a mean wee driving teacher.  After yelling at me several times, he calmed down.  But, he was still scared shitless, so he looked like this most of the time ( Dunno why...I was quite good.):

Since our trip was so last minute, we didn't have a wonderful choice of hotels to stay at. Plus we wanted something cheapy cheap...which we definitely got.  Here is our hotel...Hotel de Shit Hole (that's not really the name of it):

Even though it wasn't the Four Seasons, it had a phenomenal view (these were taken from our window).:

Here is where we took in the view.:

To get to our room with a view, we had to navigate the old hotel's maze of a layout where we had to go through a section directly above the kitchen where they "cooked" the "food."   I use the quotations because we're still not convinced what they were cooking was food.  It smelled like hot garbage as you can see from my delightful expression.:

Then, we took a walk where we spotted things like this:

Then, we watched this little fella (a Black Guillemot):

That is all.


  1. I don't think people realize how lovely some of the beaches are in Ireland! Congratulations on driving. My husband always drives when we go to Ireland, as I would be scared to drift naturally to the right.....and forget trying to shift with my left hand!


  2. Beautiful!! I love it all. And I would be scared shiz-less driving on the other side of the road. You are a brave lady :)

  3. @Tales--Very pretty beaches...just a little better weather and it'd be rocking!
    @Texa--It's tricky especially in the city..