Walking the Walled City
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I was up and out late in the morning, headed for Derry with my cousin. We arrived just before lunch and stopped at a nice restaurant called The Exchange. I ate a dish called Chicken Bang Bang which had a lovely sweet spicy sauce, and three different dipping sauces (creamy, sweet & spicy Thai, and satay). We shared some friend potatoes with grated parmesan as well as some really delicious onion strings they called Tobacco Onions. The flavouring on the latter reminded me of the seasoning on A&W onion rings.
After lunch we started our walking tour of the city walls, stopping from time to time to read up on something or look out at either the Bogside (aka the Catholic area) or the Waterside (aka the Protestant area).
Once we were done walking the wall, we went down into the town area and visited a few shops in the Craft Village, as well as up Shipquay Street toward The Diamond.
We then made our way to the Tower Museum. I would highly recommend a visit to it as it gives the history of Derry from first settlement to present day. The guide who was there was very friendly, helpful and informative, going beyond what was in the display text. Unfortunately by the time we finished in the museum, we didn't have time to go up in the actual tower, but we were told that you get a really good view of the city from it.
We headed off for a quick look inside the Guild Hall before stopping back at The Exchange for a yummy piece of Banoffee (cake with graham crust, a layer of bananas and then a big layer of toffee, with a dollop of cream on top).
After this lovely afternoon out, we made our way home to relax for the evening.