The Gateway Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Kids activities or Babysitting
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The city has 2 names depending on who you talk to. It's original name was Derry, but when the British came and established a trading town & then a city here they called it Londonderry. So, the republicans still call it Derry, & are trying to have the name changed back to its original name. But, the English & the loyalist Irish call it Londonderry. We went on a walking tour of the city despite the rain because we both remember hearing about this city ...
... radiant bride and groom. The reception was in a hotel near to our B and B and on the edge of a small lake with stunning scenery. The wedding breakfast was like I had never seen before and even the wait service was spectacular. The dinner and speeches gave way to a live band playing dancing music and I believe a DJ was to follow into the small hours but we came home with Sarah and Blake at 10.30 ...
... it the very apt name "blanket bog") proves it isn't. I've just been extremely lucky.
I get to Londonderry at about 9.45am after crossing the border. This time there's a sign saying "Welcome to Northern Ireland" but nothing else. Isn't this potentially an easy way into the country for illegal immigrants? Are the Irish Republic's border controls as strict as the UK's?
The first thing to see in Londonderry is the Peace Bridge. ...
... We the crossed into Northern Ireland briefly to visit the Beleek fine china factory where we were taken on a tour by our guide, Tracey, who had a very strong Irish accent. We also looked over the shop and museum. Upon leaving Beleek, we crossed the border a couple of times before we finally ended up in Northern Ireland at the City of Derry / ...
... off to go to check out a pub. We walked down to the city centre and went to an Irish pub called Paedar O'Donells, where they had some traditional music playing which was pretty cool, but hard to see as the place was so packed. We got a beer and had a chat with a girl from Dublin, Sorcha, and her father, before they headed off. We met a bunch of people Darren knew through couchsurfing, then we met a whole heap of Aussies, including a guy ...