The Strand – Derry/Londonderry

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The Strand bar seen from The Ice Wharf – Pen and watercolours

My sketchbook, together with this blog, is like my personal room when I feel lost or I don’t know what to do, where to go or how the future will be. It’s very good when, randomly, I look at the pages and I find my drawings or my notes and it’s like I am back in the past, at that exact moment I drew or wrote about.
Yesterday, as I was looking at my sketchbook, I found this drawing I never published. It’s “The Strand” bar seen from a table of the “Ice Wharf”, in Derry/Londonderry – Northern Ireland. As it’s written on the page, it was the 8th of January 2014 and we spent the night (well, what was left of it after Sandinos) at the Travel Lodge right beside the Ice Wharf. At 12 we had to leave the room, so we went at the bar to have something to eat; I had a wonderful (and very cheap!) Ulster Fry for breakfast/lunch and then we waited some time for our train. That’s when I did this drawing of the bar in front. We even lost the train that day and Stevie, who is very precise on times, was pretty annoyed at it, and it made me laugh as usual (I live constantly in late). 😀

I love Derry, it’s always great to go there ♥

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Derry/Londonderry Saint Patrick’s Parade 2014

This is the video I took at St. Patrick’s Parade in Derry/Londonderry; unluckily it’s not the complete parade since it started to rain so hard (and we were without umbrella) that I had to put my camera back. Anyway it’s a big part of it, enjoy!

Questo è il video che ho girato alla Parata di San Patrizio a Derry/Londonderry; sfortunatamente non è completa poiché nel bel mezzo ha iniziato a piovere così tanto (e non avevamo un ombrello) che ho dovuto metter via la macchina fotografica. Ad ogni modo nel video c’è un bel pezzo di parata, enjoy!

Irish food drawings – Day 7 (Saint Patrick’s!)

Day 7
(17th March 2014)

Lunch:

We passed Saint Patrick’s in Derry/Londonderry and, in addition to the beautiful parade, there was the Food Festival; it was composed of a lot of stands with different typical irish foods. To chose what to eat was really not easy, but at the end I went for this:

Abbiamo passato San Patrizio a Derry e, oltre alla bellissima parata, c’era anche la fiera culinaria, composta da tanti stand con diversi cibi tipici irlandesi. Scegliere cosa mangiare non è stato facile, ma alla fine mi son buttata su questo: 

  • Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw, BBQ sauce and beetroot cream (delicious!)

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Tea break, dinner, after dinner…whatever:

  • Guinness (yes, I know it’s strange after almost three years of Ireland, but this was the first time we went out and had Guinness!)
  • Harp

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Irish food drawings – Day 4

Day 4
(14th March 2014)

Yesterday seemed that my italian taste won for a day 😉

Breakfast:

  • (Italian) Coffee

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Lunch:

  • Chickpeas Soup with extra virgin oil (Zuppa di Ceci con olio extra vergine)

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Irish food drawings – Day 3

Day 3
(13th March 2014)

Breakfast:

  • (Italian) Coffee
  • Double Chocolate Mini Muffin

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Lunch:

  • (English) Muffin
  • (Italian) Salame Felino ♥ (here they don’t have salame sigh!)

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Tea Break:

  • A tea (me…yes, I did, I had a tea instead of a coffee!)
  • Cappuccino (Stevie)

We went to a Coffee House in Lurgan called ICONS; it’s very nice and comfortable, I think I’ll be back there other times, maybe to have a coffee or tea while I draw! 😉

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Dinner:

  • Rustic chicken with vegetables (potatoes, long green beans, carrots)

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Irish food drawings – Day 2

Day 2
(12th March 2014)

Breakfast:

  • Italian coffee (yes, I have my italian coffee machine too! Or better, I have two, just in case one is not working anymore :P)
  • Muffin (the English one) —> in Italy we don’t know there are even these muffins I find here, I knew just only the sweet american muffins. If you, like me, didn’t know, read the difference here.

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Dinner:

  • Gammon (Bistecca di prosciutto)
  • Sweetcorn (Mais)
  • Potato Wedges with chili

I had a wonderful dinner, cooked by Stevie; it was the first time I had gammon, it’s delicious! I added a bit of extra virgin oil on it and on the sweetcorn, as usual 😉

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Sun in Northern Ireland

I’m back to Northern Ireland! I arrived yesterday in the afternoon and the weather was amazing: with the sun Ireland is even more green than usual. I don’t know yet how much time I’ll stay, for now I’m just happy to be back 😉

These are some photos I took from the car while traveling: nothing special since they have been taken with the phone, but they’ll give you the mood ♥