My friend and I boarded a small plane in England and it took appropriately one hour to get to our port. We boarded the Ferry to Heysham which then took us to the Isle of Man.
The Isle of man is one of the British Isles located in the Irish Sea near the N.W. coast of England. Douglas is there capital. The pop. of the Isle of man is 83,314. It is self governing with British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The symbol for the Isle of Man is legs running which means you always land on your feet.
Food on the Isle of Man
We arrived in the evening at our Inn and the Chef prepared a wonderful meal for us. We had scallops cooked to perfection along with green beans and potatoes and a small chefs salad. On our first evening we saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky. There are many nice Pubs and restaurants to eat at on the Isle of Man.
We shopped in the local stores and enjoyed the scenery. We packed up all of the items that we had purchased and took them to the post office to be mailed back to the USA. We took a ride on the narrow gauge steam railway that runs from Douglas to Castletown, Port St. Mary and Port Erin.
Racing on the Isle of Man
The Isle of man is famous for racing cars and motor bikes. They close off 27 miles of HWY for the races. The motor bikes can reach speeds of up to 180 miles per hour.
Manx Cats on the Isle of Man
We were eating at our Inn and I asked about the Manx cats because they originated on the Isle of Man. Our waitress said there were two left on the Isle of Man now and they were located at the local pet shelter. She called a taxi driver for us. He picked us up and we raced down the road to get there since they would close very soon. He was a very nice Irish taxi driver. We arrived at the pet shelter in just the nick of time. The woman at the shelter told me the fawn colored male Manx cat would sell for 200 pounds and the gray stripped male would sell for 45 Us dollars and a top show cat could sell for 4500 Us dollars. I looked a the two cats and took pictures of them and then we rode back to our Inn.
The Manx cat originated on the Isle of man. It has a naturally occurring gene that shortens its tail. When the Vikings came years ago they had Norwegian Forest cats with them on their ships and some of them left the ship and commingled with the native cats which were short haired cats. The Manx cat was one of the original show cats of the CFA in 1906. Manx cats are both long haired and short haired. They are excellent hunters.
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