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  • Day3

    Dublin III

    March 14 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Nach dem morgendlichen Tee stärkten wir uns mit einem Omlett im 'The Bakehouse'. Jeder, der das Café betrat, wurde freundlich darauf hingewiesen, seine Hände zu desinfizieren und in einen anderen Raum zu gehen, wenn er sich die Nase putzen wollte...
    Danach schlenderten wir durch den St. Stephen's Green und genossen die neuen Eindrücke. Wir beobachteten einen Taubenbändiger und wurden kurzerhand selbst zu Diesen.
    Nach einem kurzen Aufenthalt in unserer Unterkunft, machten wir uns mit gepackten Taschen auf zum Bahnhof.
    Die Zugfahrt verlief reibungslos und auch der Ticketkauf in Belfast machte keine Probleme. Lediglich die überheizten Zugabteile machten uns ein wenig fertig.
    Nach 4,5 Stunden kamen wir glücklich, aber erschöpft in unserer neuen Bleibe an, welche einige Quadratmeter mehr als unsere Zuvorige zu bieten hatte. Der erste Eindruck der Stadt verspricht vieles für die nächsten Tage.
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  • Day4

    Portrush I

    March 15 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 7 °C

    Nachdem wir nachts von einer kleinen Party geweckt worden waren, starteten wir umso besser in den Morgen, als wir bemerkten, dass wir aus unserem Zimmer einen perfekten Blick auf das Meer erhaschen können.
    Einen Einkauf später fanden wir uns mit einem selbstgemachten Porridge am Küchentisch wieder.
    Dick eingepackt brachen wir auf zum Dunluce Castle, wo wir feststellten, dass doch vielmehr der Weg als das Schloss das Ziel war. Wir genossen 6km Natur und einen atemberaubenden Blick auf das Meer. Der Wind lag uns ständig im Nacken und pustete uns ordentlich durch.
    Der Rückweg gestaltete sich mit weniger Sonne etwas kühler und führte uns an Landstraßen entlang zu einem kleinen Café, welches leider geschlossen hatte.
    Wieder in Portrush angekommen, wärmten wir uns an einer Tasse Kaffee auf, legten die Füße hoch und bereiteten später Wraps für das Abendessen zu.
    Den Abend ließen wir mit Spielen und Tee ausklingen.
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  • Day5

    Portrush II

    March 16 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    An diesem Tag kauften wir uns ein Tagesticket für den Bus. Unsere erste Station hieß: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Der Busfahrer legte für uns einen unplanmäßigen Halt ein und ließ uns direkt an der Zufahrt aussteigen.
    Dort wurden wir durch den äußerst starken Wind überrascht, sodass die ein oder andere Regenhose zur Windhose wurde.
    Auf den Klippen wanderten wir mit einem atemberaubenden Ausblick zu der Hängebrücke.
    Die Brücke überquerten wir mit Bravour und wir beobachteten auf der anderen Seite für eine Weile die Vögel, die in der Felswand hausten.
    Danach nahmen wir den Bus zum Giant's Causeway. Dort setzte uns der Wind ordentlich zu und wir sahen unsere Mützen schon fast davon segeln. Die Sicht war allerdings ebenfalls wieder atemberaubend.
    Mit einem Irish Coffee und einem hausgemachten Scone, wärmten wir uns in einem süßen Restaurant, mit einem Tisch Abstand zu den anderen Gästen, auf und warteten auf den Bus zurück nach Portrush.
    Da sich die Ereignisse des Tages zu überschlagen schienen, kümmerten wir uns darum, die Unterkünfte und Züge für die kommenden Tage zu stornieren. Vor allem kostete uns jedoch der Flug viele Nerven. Am Ende des Tages buchten wir nun einen Flug für den 19. März. Unser Nervenkostüm festigte sich nach einer viel zu späten Mahlzeit in einem Diner ein wenig.
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  • Oct6

    Northern Ireland

    October 6, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Happy Birthday Bruce ..celebrated by a ferry ride to Ireland!
    We had a 2 hr crossing from Cairnryan to Larne taking our motorhomes with us. The narrow windy roads with hedges each side made it a slow pace but it was so worthwhile when we arrived on the northcoast.
    Bruce, Matt, Olivia and Sam crossed the rope bridge at Carrick-a-rede while Kath and I chose not to spend 9 pound each to feel terrified!
    The original rope bridge was built in 1755 by the Atlantic salmon fishermen to help them reach the small steep island
    Matt and Kath went on to the Giant causeway while Bruce and I headed into Ballymoney to spend time with Iris and Roy McGavigan. Its 25 years since I had seen Iris. She was nursing in Australia for 2 years pre marriage and kids. Roy, Iris and boys Greg and Ryan and their gorgeous dog Shelley made us very welcome. Matt Kath and kids arrived with a cake for Bruce's birthday and we had a lovely night of music.
    Monday morning we headed south again through the narrow roads with overhead canopies of trees. We stayed overnight at Lake Ennell.
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  • Day5

    Northern Ireland drives

    November 11, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 7 °C

    Yesterday we hit the open road! Driving out of Dublin up to Belfast. Igor did great driving stick on the other side of the road and car (so weird!). We got some snacks on the way - a classic northern Ireland delight, a Whopper... :)

    When we got to Belfast we took it easy, enjoying the Hilton Lounge and played cards and chess.

    Today we started our adventure visiting the building site of the Titanic!

    Now we're about to see the Giants causeway, we're sitting in a little cafe at the causeway hotel waiting out the storm (so that it's only slightly raining and not hailing!)

    On our way here we got to drive by a filming location of game of thrones - the dark hedges, pretty awesome trees, I get why so many things are filmed in Ireland! Very picturesque and unique.

    Alright wish us luck venturing out into the rain!
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  • Day20

    Beautiful Northern Ireland.

    August 17, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    I was not prepared for the constant and often very quick weather changes in Northern Ireland. Not only did I get completely drenched twice during the Giant's Causeway day trip, I also caught a cold. So you better value these pictures here after all I've been through... But in all seriousness, the Giant's Causeway was amazing! The other stops of the tour, e.g. Dunluce Castle or the Old Bushmills Distillery, did not find much attention due to my clothes' undesirable state of wetness. The next day, my guest family took me to see Castle Coole as well as the Marble Arch Caves in the southern parts of the country.Read more

  • Day10

    Belfast

    September 12, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    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, 2019 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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  • Day21

    Day 19 Derry, Ireland

    August 20, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We arrived in Northern Ireland today. Well sort of, the port we used for Derry (Londonderry to some - depends on which side of the religious divide you sit) is actually in Greensgate which is across the inlet in Donegal, Republic of Ireland, about a 40 minute drive from Derry itself.

    We had decided to take one of the ship’s tours today to Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway which is a UNESCO world heritage site of uniquely shaped hexagonal rocks. On the way to the causeway you pass through both the seaside towns of Portrush, site of the recent British Open Golf tournament and Bushmills, home of Ireland’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. It is a fascinating part of Ireland and also in the area is a famous rope bridge and the dark hedges, although due to time constraints we didn’t get to see those....

    As we didn’t arrive in Greensgate until midday (its a long way there from Iceland) this was an afternoon/evening tour and we got to the causeway about 4 pm after a two hour drive and had a couple of hours to look around. That was after a stop at Dunluce which is a castle ruin on the cliffs overlooking Portrush Bay (see photos).

    You could take the bus down to the causeway but we chose to walk (down at least) to the rocks. It is one of the most popular spots in Northern Ireland and there were hundreds of other visitors on the day we were there. You can clamber all over the rocks and there are unsurprisingly a lot of accidents as people slip or fall on the uneven terrain. During the time we were there and although we didn’t see it, a lady (who was not part of our group) fell from her wheelchair badly injuring herself.

    We had two hours there which was enough time for us to see and walk around the causeway and have enough time left over for a drink at the local pub.

    After the trip back to Greensgate we decided to visit another local hostelry for a drink before returning to the ship about 8.45pm before an 11 pm departure.

    Photos attached show... light and dark hexagonal rocks; Dunluce Castle ruins; causeway rocks; the organ pipes (cliffside rock formation); me in front of rock face; the Nook, a local pub we visited; another bar in Greensgate we went to; Portrush Police station and it’s surrounding perimeter fence, a reminder of the sometimes troubled circumstances prevalent in this part of the world.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Northern Ireland, Nordirland, Irlanda del Nord, Irlanda del Norte, Irlande du Nord, Šiaurės Airija, Noord Ierland, Северная Ирландия

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