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  • Day10


    September 12, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    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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  • Day58

    Day trip to Belfast

    August 26 in the United Kingdom

    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 wall erected in mid-70s segregating Protestants from Catholics. After the tour we visited the oldest tavern in Belfast for some lunch. Back in Newry we visited Ashling and Stephen’s house for some evening fun.Read more

  • Day13

    from North to South

    July 1 in the United Kingdom

    Nachdem wir ja jede Menge Zeit an den Hotspots verbracht haben, war es an der Zeit ein B&B oder Hotel zu suchen. Booking.com hat uns mit günstigen Angeboten hängen lassen. Also weiterfahren und später nochmal suchen. Wieder nichts! Sind dabei durch ein denkmalgeschütztes Dorf gekommen. ‚Cushendun‘. Very, very Nice. Aber kein Zimmer. In ‚Cushendall‘ ein paar Km weiter sind wir dann auf eigenes Suchen fündig geworden. Das nette daran war, daß die Leute bei den wir gefragt haben, selbst weiter herum telefoniert haben. Wir wurden sogar auf der Straße vom Auto aus angesprochen, ob wir schon etwas gefunden haben. Einfach nette und hilfsbereite Leute die wir hier getroffen haben.

    Die Hotspots im Norden Irlands, die wir sehen wollten sind alle abgefahren. Jetzt geht in den Süden zurück mit Ziel Dublin.

    Erst wieder die Küstenstraßen entlang. Die letzten ~ 100 km haben wir uns etwas links der Küstenline gehalten um auch die Hügelige Landschaft Nordirland zu sehen. Hier sind wir nur Nebenstraßen gefahren. Landschaft und Grün pur...

    Die Umfahrung Belfast‘s war nicht so toll. Aber ein paar nette Impressionen bei der Durchfahrt von ‚East Belfast‘.

    ... vom 🏍 aus Fotografiert 😅
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  • Day13

    Belfast, Northern Ireland

    September 1, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Today we went on the Hop On Hop off Bus tour of Belfast, it was wonderful to hear the Northern Irish Brogue and their craic about Belfast. Things like their famous 24 hour Tesco store that advertises it's open 24 hours a day but shuts at 9.00pm every night.

    An important part of Belfast is the Queen's Island area that has the twin yellow shipbuilding gantry cranes, Samson and Goliath, which are prominent on the city skyline. This shipyard is where Titanic was built. Although ships are no longer built here the yards are still used for the maintenance of ships and the building of the giant wind turbines that are dotted throughout the country. Also situated on Queen's Island is the studio for Game of Thrones.

    We continued onto Stormont Parliament Building which is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly. To camouflage the building during World War II, the building's stone was painted with supposedly removable "paint" made of bitumen and cow manure. However, after the war, removing the paint proved an enormous difficulty and still stains the stone. Now they say there is shit both inside and outside the building. Some more Irish craic.

    We toured both the Unionist and the Republican sides of the city. Belfast you have come a long way in working towards peace but still to see the physical divide of a Peace Wall that is closed off at night and on weekends is saddening. The Peace Wall is used to minimise inter-communal violence between Catholics (most of whom are nationalists who self-identify as Irish) and Protestants (most of whom are unionists who self-identify as British). One mural in particular speaks of what, I hope, will be the future. The mural is based on the poem No More and is designed to send a message to those who wish to continue violence that the next generation wants no part of it.
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  • Day33

    Belfast, Ireland

    July 11 in the United Kingdom

    Got up early this morning to get off with Jackson because he starts work at 12. We headed into Belfast with the only plan to be to get some brunch. We got a map that listed Victoria Square and it said it had restaurants so we headed there. We had a hard time finding an open restaurant but we eventually found Frankie & Benny’s. We had the entire restaurant to ourselves and our pancakes and waffles were good. After we ate we made the mistake of taking the stairs up to the viewing platform at the top of the mall in the dome. It’s a nice 360 degree view of the city where we could even see the ship but the stairs was a mistake. Now we are slowly headed back towards the shuttle to go back to the ship.Read more

  • Day133

    Day 133: Across the Sea

    June 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Exciting times - leaving the mainland UK for the first time on our trip (aside from Anglesey and Orkney I guess). Packed up and left our flat at the usual time, and started driving south. We actually didn't have much to do today either other than drive about two hours south of Glasgow to Cairnryan, where the ferry stop was.

    We basically just drove in one hit, minus a brief stop to pick up a couple of takeaway sandwiches for lunch which we ate in the car. Arrived at the ferry wharf well in advance of our sailing (departure time was 3:30pm, last call at 3pm, we arrived at 1pm). Took up our spot in the queue and then just sat around waiting outside the terminal building as Schnitzel wasn't allowed in.

    Finally we boarded, found our car space and headed upstairs. Schnitzel came too but had to stay in his carrier, thankfully he's fairly happy doing that. Boat was very large, carrying probably 50-60 trucks as well as lots of cars, caravans and foot traffic. Passenger decks very comfortable, with armchairs, tables, a restaurant, cafes, TVs, a couple of Playstations and of course a spa centre! We just grabbed a table near the window and settled in.

    The crossing was mercifully brief and uneventful - about 2.5 hours and you'd barely even notice the boat was moving. No rolling or pitching up and down thankfully! Arrived right on time into Belfast at 6pm, where we fumbled our way across the city (confusing maze of streets!!) to our accommodation. We're staying in a large terraced house along with the owner and a couple of other people. They weren't home so we let ourselves in with the keys from a lockbox nearby. Even though we've done it a bunch of times now, it still feels really strange to let yourself into a total stranger's house!

    Went out to grab some dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant. We're staying just near the uni so there's loads of cheap and tasty places nearby. Lots of food fairly cheap, especially considering it's a city, though the medium-heat sauce was pretty mild by my reckoning. Back home to bed for an early night, as I think it's going to be a busy one tomorrow!
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  • Day134

    Day 134: Exploring Belfast

    June 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Time to check out the city! We had a full day available, and planned to use it! After breakfast, our first stop was to hop in the car and drive around the peace walls district. This area is where most of the trouble is/was, as it's a border area between Unionists and Loyalists and many clashes have taken place in this area.

    The large walls erected (larger than the Berlin Wall, incidentally) are mostly still standing, though big sections of them are covered in peaceful slogans. Visitors are encouraged to bring a marker and add their own message of peace, though we didn't do that. Still a lot of sharply pro-Union and pro-UK murals though! And we drove around the two opposing neighbourhoods with all their flags and bunting. It all seemed a bit provocative, and even though a peace agreement was signed in 1998, things still feel a bit tense.

    It started to rain so we drove into the centre of town to one of the best museums in the UK - the Titanic Belfast museum. This huge new museum is dedicated to the Titanic and although it was pricey, it was actually really well done. It started with the context of the time period, the background of Belfast in the late 19th century converting from agriculture and linen production to shipbuilding, the reasons for building huge liners like Titanic and her sisters Olympic and Britannic, the maiden voyage, the sinking, the aftermath, and then sections on the wreck's discovery too.

    The whole thing was huge and took several hours to go around, and was really well done. Not stuffy and boring like museums can sometimes be, but very well-presented and thoughtful. Good recreations of things like the shipyards, cabins on board, the lifeboats and so on. The museum is built on the site where Titanic was constructed, and the slipway is actually still there. Good view from the point where she was slid down into the sea, and you could see into the adjacent Titanic Studios, where all of the indoor scenes for Game of Thrones are filmed!

    We grabbed some lunch here as well, but it was mid-afternoon by the time we'd finished. Briefly headed across the road to look at the SS Majestic, a small tender that was the only White Star Line ship still afloat. Its claim to fame is that it was one of the tenders used to ferry passengers and cargo from Cherbourg port to Titanic before she departed (I'd forgotten Titanic called at Cherbourg and Queenstown in Ireland before heading off into the Atlantic).

    From here we drove down into the middle of the city, parked up and went exploring. The Victorian-era City Hall was very impressive, and beautiful on the inside. A couple had just gotten married in the registry office and were a little bemused by all the Chinese tourists taking their photograph! Also wandered around outside checking out the street art - one area in particular outside a famous pub had 20-30 murals of famous (northern) Irish like U2, George Best, Liam Neeson and others, plus some political commentary as well. Very interesting.

    Feeling fairly exhausted, we drove back home and dropped into a Thai restaurant around the corner from our house. Hadn't had Thai food for a long time so this felt like a slight taste of home. Food was decent enough, though not the same quality you get in Sydney. Back home where we whiled away the evening on laptops and smartphones as usual!
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  • Day52

    Ships and Walls, Prisons and Castles

    August 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Where - Belfast, Capital of Northern Ireland
    Weather - fine
    Steps - 12700 or 8km and 11 floors

    We did not know very much about Belfast but after our visit we found out some rather surprising things. We knew the Titanic was built in Belfast and consequently they built a whole exhibition around it which really draws in the crowds. It is a rather impressive building and the display was quite good.

    We took a Black Taxi tour around the Belfast murals. We were aware of the "troubles " that existed in Northern Ireland and particularly Belfast in the past but did not realise that there still exists a wall that separates the Loyalists (those that support the British flag - Protestant), from the Catholics , and the gates are locked every day at 7.30pm (3.30pm on Sunday). It is this wall that has murals on it that are ever changing depending on what they want to emphasise at the time. For example there is a mural depicting Civil Rights leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King.
    The troubles still exist, although not in the sense of the IRA (Catholics) killing Loyalists (Protestants) and vice versa; but more in gangs and drug related problems.

    The next day we visited Crumlin Road Gaol which was still in operation up until about 20 years ago and it was a very interesting tour about what it would have been like to be imprisoned here. When it went out of service as a prison, it was reopened as a tourist attraction by some former inmates (one of whom was the First Minister - like a Premier).

    We had time to look around the gardens of Belfast Castle before catching the ferry back to Scotland and onto the southern area of the UK.
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  • Day36

    Belfast & Dublin day 36 Mon 28 May 2018

    May 28 in the United Kingdom

    Another beautiful day. Breakfast at the All Seasons Hotel and the manager gave us a Atlantic Way brochure with a large fold out road map of Ireland. Drove to Belfast Titanic Quarter and visited the Titanic Experience. The experience started with a historical look at Belfast before and during the period Titanic was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard. The city was the worlds largest manufacturer of linen yarn from flax as well as woven linen goods. The experience then detailed the construction of the Titanic White Star liner including a “ride” inside a recreation of the construction environment inside the Titanic’s hull. There were displays and information about the double skin of the lowest sections of hill filled with water for the engine boilers and as ballast as well as the steel rib framing about three feet apart for the hull structure. The passenger decks lacked watertight doors and bulkheads that may have saved the ship. There were displays of the fit out of various passenger classes and a theatre with a film of the actual wreck found in 1985 12,000 feet down using remote robotic vehicles. We also visited a tender “Nomadic” commissioned for use in Cherbourg France. We then drove one hundred or so miles to Dublin. The GPS guided us to three separate motorways called the M1, very confusing. Arrived at the Guinness Storehouse car park early and took a carriage tour of Dublin city before visiting the Guinness Storehouse. An informative and fun experience including a display of Irish dancing and the opportunity to pull a Guinness pint behind a bar. Overnight at the IMI Residence (Irish Management Institute) a huge conference centre.Read more

  • Day8

    Enough of this for now

    June 8 in the United Kingdom

    4 Strecken und zu 60% bis 70% laufen, aufgrund von beschissenen und unmöglichen Straßenverhältnissen und das auf teilweise sehr gefährlichen Straßen, haben mich zu dem Schluß gebracht, dass ich vorübergehend mit den Öffentlichen weiterfahre bis die Straßen wieder besser werden, wann immer das sein mag. Die Sehenswürdigkeiten hier in Belfast sind teilweise mit übelsten Preisen verbunden. Ich habe mir das angeschaut was für Lau war, da ich diese Preise nicht bezahlen will. Titanic Experience für 18 Pfund ist etwas übertrieben. Ein Blick auf den Hafen und das Palm House. Morgen werde ich zum Belfast Castle hinaufsteigen.Read more

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City of Belfast, Belfast, BFS

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