This was the first time I ever saw a warning sign for ducks.
I have never considered them to be very dangerous birds.
However, I have also never seen so many ducks and other waterbirds together this close to a street. So I suppose the danger comes from cars braking suddenly when the large group of ducks decides to walk across the street.
As these pictures show, the weather can get a bit windy and wet on the Isle of Man. While I was there we had a force 9 gale, which believe me is pretty windy!
Much of the obvious parking places tend to be right by the water in Peel and Douglas, so be conscious of where you park!
If you're used to visiting the Island during TT week you may be under the impression that the Douglas Ferry Terminal is open all night, so that if you arrive or are leaving in the early hours of the morning you can doss down in a corner for a few hours' kip. Regard that as a tip, if you will...
However, outside of the TT period it closes! I'm not sure about the week of the Manx Grand Prix, but a friend who was travelling for the Southern 100 races in July was planning to while away the hours between arrival late one night and check-in time at his hotel early the following morning, and was asked to leave the terminal because it was closing. Fortunately he was able to make alternative arrangements, but if not, he'd have been wandering the streets of Douglas for 4-5 hours!
I have to tell you something completely beyond my comprehension. Restaurants, bars, pubs - nobody serves food between 14.00 and 18.00!
If anyone would care to explain this to me, I'd be really grateful. Because this island is trying to attract tourists.
I was desperate, with four hungry kids, to find a decent place.
Just near Castletown railway station, there is a pub that looks like a nice place. The waiter gave us the menus at 14.30. After reading and realizing that I'm going to pay 11 GBP for a lamb skewer or 7 GBP for fish and chips, I was ready to order. Then he told me we could order only after 18.00. Must be those old gas fireplaces.
Then I stopped looking for decent, but even all those pubs that smell of beer burp and smoke had no food to offer until 18.00.
So we jumped on a train to Douglas, hoping that a large town would certainly have some restaurants open all day. My little host told me we could check at their favorite Italian restaurant, located at the main promenade. Closed. In July. So we had KFC and it was good.
I was so frustrated, I forgot to take a pic of KFC food for you. So I'll use the pic of King William's College Dining room instead.
On our way back from Snaefel Mountain, the Electric Tram stopped.
The driver went out. Everyone was patiently waiting, behaving properly and minding their manners. But I'm from another country, nosy tourist and a VT member, so I had to get out and check what's going on.
The driver was helping little ducklings to climb over railway tracks and catch up with their mom. Their little feet were too short to climb, so his help was necessary. I was wondering how he noticed them?!
Enlarge the picture and tell me - can you see that little duckling? And he stopped the train smoothly and just in time.
hmmm ... they have those Motorola things in their pockets, so I suspect drivers were informing each other about this extremely dangerous situation.
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