We arrived at the Saddlers House, the other location owned by Joan and Peter, and were greeted by Joan and her large English Bulldog. That was a bit disconcerting since both my husband and I have serious allergies, but she quickly informed us that we would be staying at the property around the block, Merchant's House. Whew.... We drive around the block and on each corner were police. Hmmm, wonder what's going on? Joan tells us that there is a parade and that sometimes there are disturbances. Hmmmm. We get checked in, shown to our room, which is lovely and decide to head out to dinner. Joan tells us it's probably best not to go near the Old Wall area of town. OK. Now we notice that the police are heavily armed, my husband inquired if there is anything to worry about and they assure him all is well. We walked to the closest restaurant, the guesthouse is very near the riverfront, had a so so dinner and decided to look for a pub. The town was basically closed and there is an unpleasant dark feeling as we walked the streets. We decided that Derry (Londonderry) is not ready for tourist. We left early the next day. We found out later that fire bombs had been exploded and were happy we left when we did. The Merchant's House was lovely, the breakfast was acceptable, the staff was not all that friendly and the shower was tricky. If we ever go back to Derry, doubtful, we would probably try another place or a hotel.
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