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  • Day10

    Belfast

    September 12, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    It didn't occur to us how Belfast in Northern Ireland was a city with such recent history that is still evident in everyday life. Northern Ireland which is its own country is full of modern day religious/political tension dividing the city of Belfast between the Protestants who support British rule and the Catholics who support the traditional Irish culture. We took a black cab taxi tour to the various parts of town and saw murals that depicted the history and even saw the gates that are still closed every night between the two parts of town. The craziest thing for us was to learn that not many people are religious anymore but still practice this hatred for each other. Almost 90% of schools there are still segregated in 2016!

    Our favorite quote from our taxi driver was "these Protestants are more British than the Brits!" He did a great job giving us insight into the traditions still held including the annual bonfires by the Protestants which are quite massive and held right in the center of town and showed us the steel walls put up to divide the two sides which now a days has messages of peace and love written on it from tourists, as well as dents from rocks and burn marks from molotov cocktails. We got to leave our little mark as well!
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  • Day22

    Day 20 Belfast, Ireland

    August 21 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Really interesting day today. We arrived in Belfast quite early and wanted to go to the Titanic Centre which is (unsurprisingly) in Belfast’s Titanic quarter and was back at the turn of the last century, the world centre of shipbuilding. The centre itself stands on the site of the slipway that launched many ships including the Titanic.

    It is a huge building and the number one tourist destination in Ireland (or Europe if you believe their publicity). We left the ship early to try and beat the masses arriving just after it opened at 8.30. That proved a good decision as when we left about 11 am it was getting pretty packed. It’s very well done and well worth a couple of hours of your time if you are ever here (see some of the photos). There is also a smaller White Star Line Ship, the Normadic, in one of the adjacent slipways that you can walk through, although we didn’t take up that part of the tour as we only had one day in Belfast and many things to do.

    We had been hoping to speak to one of the curators as we had been given copies of letters written by the Titanic’s Quartermaster in the aftermath of the sinking to have looked at with a view to donating the originals (owned by a friend of Christine’s who is his grand daughter). However they were all off site, so the best we could do was get the email address of one of the lead curators and put Dee in direct touch with her.

    After a quick trip back to the ship to drop off the enormous amount of shopping and souvenirs that had been purchased (Christine is mad for the Titanic) we took a couple of hour trip with the taxi driver that had dropped us back there into the Shankhill/Falls Road area of Belfast. Like many drivers in Belfast he specialises in providing independent tours of the area to see and learn about the areas and people that shaped this very divided city.

    He grew up and still lives in Shankhill but nevertheless gave us a rounded overview of both the Protestant (Shankhill) and Catholic (Falls Road) perspectives of the history and key events that still dominate the areas today. It is pretty confronting to see and learn about the atrocities that have been committed by both sides in pursuit of their particular view of how Ireland/Northern Ireland should exist.

    After that we were dropped into the centre of Belfast and that co-incided with the weather packing in. It had been mild and overcast to that point but from about 1 pm it started to rain and get colder and that got progressively worse as the day wore on. After a walk through through the centre of the city we went to the nearby Robinsons Pub for a drink and lunch. Reputationally it is the site of the most bombed pub (it’s actually two pubs joined together) in Belfast and that’s saying something considering the amount of trouble that city has seen over the years.

    We bumped into Dave and Lesley two friends from the ship at the pub (surprising as we were the only non locals there) and had lunch with them before walking to take a look at the Belfast City Hall which is a really impressive building with lots of stained glass marking various Belfast events and information about the many famous people that were born in or lived in the city. By now it was about 3.30, raining and pretty cold so we decided to call it a day and head back to the ship on the double decker buses they had put on to ferry us from the port to the ship and back.

    Photos show... The Titanic Slipway (with our ship in the background...); the main staircase of the ship as depicted in a virtual walk through; a replica Titanic lifeboat; the Titanic Centre; the Normadic; a Protestant memorial wall; our driver and me looking at the exterior of a Shankill house; one of the 47 walls that still separate the Protestant and Catholic areas; Robinsons Pub, downtown Belfast; Belfast city hall
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  • Day22

    Belfast Food Tour

    June 28 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Wir haben es wieder getan, wir haben eine Food tour gebucht. Treffpunkt war der St. Georges Market. Dort gab's schonmal reichlich zu Essen und Trinken. Danach ging's zu einigen kleinen Geschäften quer durch die Stadt, gleich verbunden mit einem kleinen Stadtrundgang.
    Mal sehen, ob ich noch zusammengekommen, was wir alles gegessen und getrunken haben:
    Im Markt gab es
    - Kaffee und Pancakes mit Apfel und Erdbeere
    - Aperitifessige und Fladenbrot mit Frischkäse und Gewürzmischung
    -Tee mit Toffees.
    Dann in der Stadt gab's
    - heiße Schokolade und Brownie
    - Lachsbrote, Baguette mit Ölen und Butter (Hochzeit Harry & Meghan) und Wein von Sawer
    - Blauschimmelkäse, Fladenbrot, Schinken, Salami und Bier
    - Pablos Burger und Belfast Mule (Jawbox Gin, Lime und Ginger beer)
    - Prosecco und drei verschiedene Teller mit Leckereien im The Bullitt Hotel
    Boa, das war eine Menge. Und alles mega lecker und handgemacht.
    Vor lauter Essen habe ich das Fotografieren fast vergessen... .
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  • Day22

    Belfast Stadtrundgang

    June 28 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Nach unserer Food Tour wollen wir die Stadt noch etwas erkunden. Wir schlendern durch die Straßen. Eine kleine Gasse erregt unsere Aufmerksamkeit und landen in einem Pub. Das Wetter ist schön und es gibt freie Plätze, bei zwei Damen, mit denen wir uns sehr nett unterhalten. Wir rappeln uns auf und gehen zur City Hall, ein Megabau. Wir schauen uns innen etwas um, aber das Wetter ist viel zu schön draußen.
    Unser nächstes Ziel ist Pablos Burger. Die waren so toll, da mussten wir noch einen probieren und dazu einen Belfast Mule - mega!
    Dann steuern wir den Commercial Court an und trauen unseren Augen und Ohren nicht: die gesamte Gasse ist voller Leute. Ein Musiker spielt und alle singen lautstark mit. Hardy holt uns einen Drink (alle in Plastikbechern) und wir setzen uns dazu und schauen uns den Spaß an.
    Danach machen wir uns auf den Weg zum Hotel und landen noch im My India.
    Uns hat Belfast sehr beeindruckt. Vielleicht lag es am Sonnenschein oder dem letzten Schultag, aber die Leute waren sehr nett und feierten ausgelassen.
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  • Day13

    The Dark Hedges & Titanic Belfast

    August 23 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Auf dem Weg nach Dublin gabs natürlich auch noch ein paar Sachen, die wir nicht verpassen wollten.

    Das erste war der Besuch der "Dark Hedges". Eigentlich handelt es sich hierbei nur um eine Straße, an der zu beiden Seiten Buchen gepflanzt worden sind. Die Bäume wurden im 18. Jahrhundert von der hiesigen Familie angelegt. Das wilde, düster erscheinende Ästedach der alten Bäume beeindruckte nicht nur damals die Besucher, sondern lockt auch heute noch viele Touristen an. Das liegt nicht weniger daran, dass das Naturschauspiel auch von Game Of Thrones als Drehort für die berühmte Kingsroad genutzt worden ist. Und das wird auch fest angepriesen und vermarktet. Es gibt ein Hotel dazu, einen gebührenpflichtigen Parkplatz und man kann sogar eine geführte Tour buchen - was auch immer der Typ da erzählt.

    Am Nachmittag besuchten wir das Titanic Museum in Belfast (Wahnsinn wie nah die ganzen Ortschaften zusammenliegen oder?). Hier, in der Werft von Harland & Wolff, wurde die RMS Titanic im März 1909 auf Kiel gelegt und im April 1912 fertiggestellt - das bis dahin größte Schiff der Welt. Und wer kennt die Geschichte des auf dem Meeresboden liegenden, aber vorher als unsinkbar geltendes Schiffes nicht?
    Das Museum ist nicht nur etwas für die Leonardo DiCapro oder Kate Winslet Fans, sondern ist definitiv eine sehr interessante Nachmittagsbeschäftigung für alle (Sabine hat den Film beispielsweise nie gesehen). Das Gebäude machte schon von Außen mit dem riesigen, verrosteten Titanic-Schriftzug einen tollen Eindruck und bot drinnen ein schönes, anschauliches Museum über die "Boomtown" Belfast, den Schiffsbau, die Geschichte des 269 Meter langen Schiffs und dessen Schwesterschiff Olympic. Über 4 Stockwerke ersteckt sich die Ausstellung und veranschaulicht jeden einzelnen Schritt der zum Bau des Riesendampfers benötigt wurde. Geschichten ausgewählter Persönlichkeiten konnten von Anfang bis Ende mitverfolgen werden - Passagiere aus 1er, 2er und 3er Klasse sowie Mitarbeiter auf dem Schiff und Arbeiter beim Bau. Einige Gesichter und Namen kamen uns tatsächlich sehr bekannt vor und wir merken erst jetzt, wie realitätsnah der Film produziert wurde.
    Interessanter Info am Rande: Harland & Wolff beschäftigte zeitweise über 30.000 Mitarbeiter. Auch nach dem Sinken der Titanic machte der Schiffsbauer große Gewinne. In den 60er und 70er Jahren begannen die wirtschaftlichen Probleme. Letztlich waren es noch 123 Mitarbeiter und gerade erst am 5. August dieses Jahres meldete der Schiffsbauer Insolvenz an.

    Der Nachmittag verging wie im Flug und schnell war es Zeit wieder loszudüsen, damit wir das Auto noch zur rechten Zeit am Dubliner Airport abgeben konnten. Ganze 2217 Kilometer haben wir in 13 Tagen geschafft, aber man sieht ja auf der Karte, wie weit wir gekommen sind :-)

    Nach einer längeren Reise mit dem Shuttle, dem Airlink Bus in die Stadt und einem kurzen Fußmarsch mit unseren Koffern, erreichten wir das zentral gelegene AirBnB. Genauer gesagt erst das Casino-Sportsbar-Keycafé mit zwei aufgeblasenen, glatzköpfigen Türstehern, wo unser Schlüssel hinterlegt war. Heute war nur noch auf dem Plan, sich mit ein paar dubliner Eindrücken berieseln zu lassen, etwas zu Essen zu finden (Buuurgeeeer :D) und dann ab ins Bett. Morgen wird dann Dublin genauer erkundet!
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  • Day28

    Belfast

    September 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Another cool day. Amazed at how different cities can be from one another. We were picked up by the black taxi and driver at 9 30 and headed off on the tour of Belfast (told from the point of view of a Catholic Taxi driver in his 60s) which lasted almost two hours. The first part of the tour took us to Shankill Rd, where he outlined the history of Belfast and the “troubles”. We visited the area and walked around the murals which have become a feature of the area. He also took us to the wall and like everyone else, we signed it. It was incredible to see it still standing at about 10 foot in each direction, separating the two parts of Belfast. He then took us to the Fall Road area on the other side of the wall where we visited a memorial garden for both civilians and IRA volunteers killed over the last 50 years. We were also shown the cages added to houses as a means of defence if they were close to the wall. He also clearly explained the meaning of the flags we see in many streets and on houses, marking the territory of each group. Turns out we are staying in the heart of Protestant Belfast! The tour ended and he dropped us in the centre of town. We spent a couple of hours looking in shops which were quite interesting. Of note was the burnt out shell of a huge shopping building which had only just gone on fire and was one of the biggest fires ever in Belfast. We wandered down to the Titanic Centre, following the river. It was an amazing building and the whole Titanic experience was excellent, particularly the fact that so much was interactive. The highlight was the ride through the building in a cable car, experiencing the boat building yard as it would have been back when the Titanic was being built. It was interesting that no relics of the actual trip are kept there as it is regarded as being tasteless yet there was a souvenir shop full of very tacky Titanic items! We grabbed a taxi ride back from town as both feeling very tired and heard yet another version of events this time from our Protestant driver! We rested up and enjoyed hot showers now that we had heard from the owner about the switch that needed to be on! We did some research and reserved dinner at a restaurant in the university quarter which was a 40 minute walk along the river and through some very interesting streets. The highlight was seeing a large flock of starlings flying in formation over the river. It really was spectacular as they grouped and re- grouped in a cloud- like formation led by one bird. We found the restaurant, Molly’s Yard easily and what a treat! It was an old stables and down stairs seated just 12 people. It was a very cute place and the staff were excellent as was the food- one of our best meals yet. We left there and walked down the road to House Belfast which was a beautiful hotel. After a lovely cocktail we caught a taxi back with one last version of “the troubles”, this time from a driver who didn’t side with either! Belfast is an intriguing place, full of history and emotion with a real edge to it.Read more

  • Day58

    Day trip to Belfast

    August 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌫 13 °C

    Today we hopped the train from Newry to Belfast. In Belfast we caught the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour around the city. It was rainy and wet, but we made the best of it. At one of our stops the boys signed the 'Peace Wall' which was erected in the mid-70s to segregate Protestants from Catholics. After the tour we visited White's Tavern, the oldest tavern in Belfast for some lunch. Back in Newry we visited Ashling and Stephen’s house for some evening fun.Read more

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