Update 2: Exploring Fordmouth, Part One
It's a quarter past five at the Jeweled Crown, and we're getting ready to start exploring the Fordmouth Old Town.
As the tropical sun begins to rise over the Sushili Sea in the east, we make our way down to the old stone quays built by the Posilliponians in the late eighteenth century. Armed with 42 cannon, it was designed to be able to resist assault by even the most advanced capital ships of the day. Restored to its former appearance in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it is now one of the most well-known locations in the city, appearing in numerous stamps, postcards, works of art, and annoying chain emails.
The old harbormaster's house used to overlook a thriving market square, but with the decline of local agriculture in the 1970s, and the collapse of the salmon industry (triggering protests by the Fordmouth chapter of the Feline Friends Association) after the Tokhate Dam was completed in 1985, the market is now much, much smaller.
Fort Isabella: the heart of the city. Built in the early seventeenth century, and named after an early Queen of Grand, this stone enceinte and the palace at its heart have gone through many different appearances and owners since their construction. At different times, it has played host to Grandian Kings, Posilliponian governors, Belluterran looters, and Trentannian generals - from 1902 to 1949, it was even the site of a power plant(!), with the lower level being used as a stable, and later as a parking garage.
The King Francis Bell Tower was the tallest building in the country for centuries, and even today can still be seen for kilometers around, forming a distinct part of the Fordmouth skyline. It was from here that the Grandian national flag was first flown again in 1951, near the end of the Great Adonian War, after the country was liberated from Trentannian occupiers by Posilliponian forces.
As we exit the Old Town proper through the West Gate, how about we go and grab a quick bite to eat at the Waffle House conveniently situated just outside the walls?
Outside the walled city, many historic buildings are privately owned, and thus are not afforded the same level of protection as those in the central Old Town. Unfortunately, this means that modern development is beginning to eat away at many of the old buildings.
Fancy a beer? Why not join Viscount-Mayor Willam Pike at the local pub, the Dog and Duck. Or, if you have more refined tastes, the pub also serves Monte Xanic wine, imported all the way from Ruteria. Guaranteed to be a unique experience, no matter your choice!
Aren't interested in eating at Waffle House? Why not try this quaint restaurant at the top of the tower? Serving ethnic Khwint cuisine, this delightful little place has foods like:
And what local-style meal would be complete without some blend of the national alcoholic drink, Opeimien (date wine):
One of the most famous restaurants in the city, it is rumored that even King-Emperor Charles himself used to eat here while studying at the University of Fordmouth nearby. Although there is nothing to substantiate these rumors, the owners vehemently insist that they're true - bolstered by the fact that Charles' brother, the Prince Imperial, has been seen visiting every so often.
The oldest remaining house of worship in Grand and Belluterra, St. George's is a popular spot for weddings, with an average of 70 a month. The early seventeenth-century bell tower is due for a restoration soon...
This intersection has more than a few houses dating from the Trentannian era, as well as a modern apartment designed to try and fit in with the rest of the architecture just outside the walls.
It's starting to get dark. Shall we head back to the hotel?
Entering the Old City through the East Gate, and we're back where we started.
Coming up next: Exploring Fordmouth, Part Two