Holyhead, Wales

Holyhead, Wales

This morning we arrived in Holyhead, Wales with a lot of much-appreciated sunshine.  Before I start, however, I want to share a photo from last night at 9:30pm which demonstrates the beauty and drama of the skies at sea. 

Night Skies

Holyhead is a small port city in Wales that serves as a major ferry transfer point between the United Kingdom and Ireland.  It dates back to Roman times and has a lot of quaint sights.  

St. Cybi’s Church

It’s also very interesting to see the emphasis on the Welsh language.  Most of the major street signs were in Welsh and English.  

Welsh – English

Although this town was fairly small, it was really very charming…. and of course, the sunny day had nothing to do with it.  But here are a couple of photos as we walked along the narrow streets of Holyhead.  I loved the colorful houses within the center of the town and then also the large homes that had vistas onto the colorful bay.

Cute, colorful homes
Large homes with vistas onto the sea
Our ship, the SS Explorer

We took the shuttle to the town and then walked to the Maritime Museum – so tiny we didn’t spend any time there.  We did, however, have a couple of drinks at the Bistro on the seaside.  It was funny because the server who was very friendly was shocked when I asked for a beer and wine at 10:30 in the morning.  She asked her boss whether they had a license to sell that early.  He was puzzled but I said that the law must be 10am – he agreed and we sat down with our drinks.  

Drinks at the bistro

We ventured down the way and saw some panoramic shots of our ship.  The weather and clouds were perfect.

Seaside view

We really liked this view of the ship and the beautiful little park in the foreground.  I was going to Photoshop the gardener out but he makes it even more realistic.  

Park and sea

One final shot of our view from our balcony.  I love the lighthouse in the distance.


Back to the ship and a light lunch and we’re ready for the afternoon…. well I am.  I had a 3pm appointment at the Culinary Arts Kitchen onboard the ship.  OMG – it was wonderful.  Here’s a photo of the facility where the the sessions occur.

Culinary Arts Kitchen


Culinary Arts Kitchen

The lesson today was about pasta.  The facility is phenomenal with all of the greatest kitchen appliances and tools.  Our instructor was amazing and so much fun.  And of course, as you’ll see in the following pictures, we had a classic Italian white wine throughout the lesson.  

We made fresh pasta from scratch and then made fettuccini with two types of sauces – a butter, sage, walnut sauce and a classic Italian Alfredo sauce – yum, yum, yum – and they were so simple.  Here are a few shots.

Master Chef Marc – wine glass in the foreground
Fettuccini with sage, butter and walnuts
The master at work

Ha ha – it was so much fun and very educational.  I bought the apron and am prepared to make fresh pasta every night when we get home – yeah, right!

That’s it for this evening.  It was so nice today to get some sunshine and not have to deal with the rain.  I was very impressed with Wales and their history and culture – very different from the rest of the United Kingdom.  

We’re off to Dublin tonight and should arrive fairly early.  Dublin has been one of my key focuses on this cruise so I’m very anxious to see and photograph this great city.  

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  1. Hi:

    How wonderful to have some sunshine, as always your pictures tell a great story. Looks like a total blast in the Culinary Arts Kitchen and your food looked marvelous. Hope you two enjoy Dublin, will look forward to your blog.


  2. Master Chef Marc,
    You are totally in your element at the Culinary Arts Kitchen!! What a treat for you. What was Rich doing while you made fresh pasta, drank white wine and had the time of your life? The fettuccine with sage, butter and walnuts looked good. Hint hint 🙂 It’s amazing how the ship has the capability to host so many guests for a cooking class. The kitchen looks state of the art in your very cool fotos! Nice to see you’re having fun. Your smile says it all.

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