Belfast

Over the weekend we went to Belfast for a few nights for a 30th birthday party.

While we were there we met a big fish…

and went to see where the Titanic was built.

We took a bus through the beautiful countryside (and had a minor bus accident. The American tourists behind us starting talking about compensation after about 5 minutes)

We crossed the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which was formerly used by fishermen. Laughed guiltily at a small child who refused to cross the bridge at the last minute, and was shown up by his younger brother. He later declared loudly that the ‘stupid bridge should never have been built!’

Don’t look down!

Dunluce Castle, thought to be the inspiration for Cair Paravel in the Narnia books.

We stopped off quickly for lunch at the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. Bit wasted on me but the soup was good.

And then it was off to the Giant’s Causeway which was beautiful and windswept.

The sea was pretty wild.

The next day, after an evening getting to know a few of the pubs, we spent a while trying to avoid the parades going on in the city. Around 30,000 people took part in the parades commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant. It was apparently the biggest policing operation the city had seen in twenty years.

Peace wall dividing nationalist and unionist communities.

We also ate a lot of yummy Mexican food, made friends with a cute French bulldog, visited a Coelacanth at the Ulster Museum, and walked a hell of a lot. I need new boots now as I seem to have worn them out!

 

 

 

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