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                          Belfast, N-Ireland

   

 

Grand Opera House

 Whites Tavern, the oldest tavern in Belfast. Established in 1630.

The Crown Bar with its Victoria-era gas-fired lamps. I had a couple of pints of Guinness in that establishment.

 Inside The Crown Bar. Notice the ceiling... Beautiful!!!

Belfast Street scenes

                      



                    

Judy as a municipal councilor. What party is she representing?

The Comic Book party? :-)

 

Belfast was a village in the 17th century.

It has much in common with Liverpool and Manchester, those cities across the Irish Sea.

Belfast was the engine-room that drove the whirring wheels of the industrial revolution in Ulster. The development of industries like linen, rope-making and shipbuilding doubled the size of the town every ten years. The world's largest dry dock is here and the shipyard's giant cranes tower over the port. This tower, once you've twisted your head in the right direction, is leaning...

So Belfast also has its leaning tower of Pisa... . 

 

There are many Victorian and Edwardian buildings with elaborate sculptures over doors and windows. Stone-carved heads of gods and poets, scientists, kings and queens peer down from the high ledges of banks and old linen warehouses. This is one example.

Now it's a 5 star hotel.                

 

The Titanic

 

 A statue dedicated to the people who perished on the Titanic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Names of the victims on the Titanic.

  Carrick-A-Rede and the Giant's Causeway

Carrick-A-Rede (from the Scottish Gaelic Carraig-a-Rade) means the rock in the road. The road is the sea route for Atlantic salmon on their westward journey past Carrick Island. For over 350 year, fishermen have strung a rope bridge 30m above the sea to allow them to access the best places to catch the migrating salmon. For a few pounds you walk 1km to the rope bridge.

It was glorious day and our private tour got there before the morning bus tours so we were able to get there with ease. As we made our way back we noticed the line-ups along the path to get on the bridge.

 

The Giant's Causeway  is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about 4 km northeast of the town of Bushmills (the home of the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Single Malts anyone?)

 

 

 

 

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