Ireland

BELFAST, IRELAND

In March 2018 we decided to visit Ireland on St. Patricks Day.  Went to Ireland for 5 weeks.  Travelled by bus all through Ireland but  blogs will start with Belfast.  St. Patricks Day in Belfast is very different from St. Patricks Day in Dublin as in Belfast there is a mixture of Catholics and Protestants and Dublin is a majority Catholic.  Some pubs celebrate it more than others but the parade was an amazing thing to see.

This is a short video of the parade.  Once you click on it it will turn the right way.

We  were picked up at the airport by a taxi driver, named John Williamson.  Turned out to be a really good Belfast friend.   Took us cruising around on his days off and gave  us the whole history of all the “troubles.” Belfast still has segregated areas, that they close off at 6:00 pm.  Catholics go to their own area as do the Protestants.  There are Peace Lanes everywhere in Belfast.  Some you cannot even notice.  They look like very high fences.  The Protestants  know which pubs to go to and which pubs you do not go into.  It is very interesting to see and learn.

He took  us to the very small little town house, where Van Morrison lived and all the areas where he grew up.   His songs were written about his neighbourhood and  the streets he used to hang out on.

We joined Pure Gym to keep our workouts going.  This is extremely important while travelling.  Keeping the pounds off in Ireland, with all the pubs and the great pints is a very difficult task.

One of the oldest pubs in Belfast is The Crown.  The detail inside is amazing.  This is where Prince Henry and Meghan came to have a pint while we were in Belfast.  Needless to say we had a few pints at The Crown.

The artwork on the walls of buildings in Belfast is just so incredible.   Most of them depict the history of the “troubles” in Belfast.

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Even if you aren’t, the tour is a great one to take.  It was a very cold, rainy day and thankfully we were prepared but many were not and ended up getting very wet by the end of the day.  We were taken to many incredible places and saw the beautiful landscapes where they filmed the series.

They were actually filming the next season while we were there, however, we did not see any of the actors walking around Belfast.

Pictures just do not do justice to the beauty of the landscapes.  We did the northern tour but you can also choose to do the South tour.

 

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BLACK HEDGES

 

Belfast is also the birthplace of the Titanic and you can do a tour of the building and see how the ship was built etc.

Never boring in Belfast.  So many things to do, from the Game of Thrones tour, to sampling all the pints at all the different pubs and just enjoying the friendly people and the atmosphere.  Such an education into history of Ireland as well.  

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