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Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon

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  • Day43

    Oxford Island

    August 16 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Vendredi, 16 août 2019
    Comme nous avons un peu d'avance ce matin, nous allons voir le Saint Georg Market, vielle halle en briques rouges, où un beau mélange de stands de nourriture du monde entier, côtoie des antiquaires et autres marchands de souvenirs. Ouvert en 2012 pour le 100ème anniversaire du lancement du célèbre paquebot, le Titanic Belfast, l'attraction la plus visitée de la capitale, nous attend ensuite. Ce centre raconte toute l'histoire du navire, construit chez Harland & Wolff, grand pourvoyeur d'emplois à l'époque, et le met en perspective avec le contexte socioéconomique du début du siècle dernier. Avec des technologies récentes (tour en nacelles pivotantes, montée en ascenseur à la même hauteur que le Titanic, bruits etc.), on suit la planification, la construction, l'aménagement des différentes classes, le lancement et jusqu'au naufrage et on termine avec l'exploration de l'épave. De nombreux témoignages, soit d’ouvriers, soit du personnel employé sur le bateau et aussi des passagers, ajoutent encore de l'émotion. Le bâtiment, habillé de 3000 plaques d'aluminium, est censée d'évoquer la proue du Titanic et les Belfastois le surnomme “The Iceberg". On peut voir depuis le centre la cale sèche, Titanic's Dock & Pump-House, où le Titanic a reçu ses hélices avant son premier et dernier voyage. Le Nomadic Belfast, dernier bateau encore existant de la White Star (compagnie qui a commandé le Titanic), a définitivement jeté l'ancre ici. Il avait acheminé à Cherbourg les passagers au grands paquebots, qui ne pouvaient pas accoster au port même. Après la visite de deux heures, nous retournons au centre-ville et nous essayons une autre adresse du Routard: Home Restaurant, excellent. Nous allons encore une fois tenter de trouver qqn qui veut remplir notre bt de gas: une adresse affichée au camping. Elle se trouve tout à l'autre bout de la ville, mais ça valait la peine. Le camping le plus proche de cet endroit, ne se trouve plus en bord de mer, mais au bord du Lough Neagh. Nous arrivons à Oxford Island, près de Lurgan, où un port de plaisance accueille (dès dimanche prochain!) à merveille des cc. Pas de soucis, le gérant du port, nous installe et on se croirait au port d'Yvonand, trop bien!Read more

  • Day39

    Autumn Roads

    October 12, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    I left Belfast today to head back to Southern Ireland. That’s what those in Belfast were calling the Republic of Ireland. I was able to pick out some of the Belfast sayings. One of the displays at City Hall yesterday was on language and how the language and accent of Belfast has devolved from the English and Scots who were planted there as well at Gaelic. I somehow managed to chose Ulster Scots as the language on the audio guide and I couldn’t switch it back to English. I did try to listen for a while but had to give up. Apparently if you leave the audio unit off for a while it jumps to Ulster Scots. They had to give me another one.

    Anyway I digress. It was a lovely day to start, surprising as Storm Callum was meant to hit Belfast in the early hours of the morning but I woke to a cloudless sky. By the time I left the hotel it had clouded over. I realised that across the road was a unionist section of the city - Sandy Row. A mural there was of King William/Billy. It replaced a more militant mural saying “You are now entering Loyalist Sandy Row Heartland of South Belfast Freedom Fighters”and had a painting of a masked gunman. The replacement is much more mild.

    Yesterday the tour guide had said that the mountains surrounding Belfast were wonderful and gave a great view of the city. I set out for Black Mountain. The GPS wouldn’t recognise it so I put in Black Mountain primary school. I ended up in suburbia opposite a heavily fortified police station.
    Divis gave a better result but when I got there I couldn’t see the city.

    I made my way south along Lough Neath towards Armagh. The main reason for visiting Armagh was that my Creasy ancestors settled in Armagh in South Australia. That’s probably where the similarities end. I did find a lovely park with Priory ruins.

    This time I new the exact moment I crossed the border, mainly as there was a grey line on the GPS. Before I crossed that line I saw signs for Customs and Excise and also money exchange. There was no signs saying you are now leaving NI or entering Ireland and I was on a major road. Just a sign welcoming me to County Louth. A lot of the talk in Belfast on the news is how Brexit will effect the Northern Ireland/Ireland Border as there are so many crossing and some woman near Londonderry has her house in one country and her veggie patch in the other. No one seems to have come up with a solution yet.

    As I headed further south it got wetter and wetter. The scenery is still stunning though with all the autumn colours. One area I came across was full of apple orchards, it’s obviously picking time.

    I’m in Navan tonight so I can explore the ancient sites in the area tomorrow. Tomorrow’s my last day, I fly out on Sunday.
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  • Day11

    Lough Neath

    June 11, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Der größte See Nordirlands. Nettes Stück Natur durch das man wandern kann. Die Temperatur zum Baden hat er nicht, aber dort wo ich war durfte man sowieso nicht baden. Wird sicher irgendwann mal eine Möglichkeit zum Planschen geben.

  • Day10

    Cheap and cheaper

    June 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Sitze gerade in einer Bar in Portadown. Das Bier ist echt preiswert hier. 3 Pfund für ein Pint ist für irische Verhältnisse echt günstig. Morgen fahre ich zur Oxford Island ans Lough Neath. Wenn ich schon nicht von Ort zu Ort zu boarde, dann boarde ich halt für das Sightseeing.

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