I've not seen these trees in Australia. Monkey Puzzle?
Mural of tv show Derry Girls. I don't believe it has been shown here and perhaps we should be grateful.
Londonderry has one of the most complete city walls in Europe. We didn't walk too far.
However, she did not explain the legend of why it was called Giant's Causeway, kindly but probably unintentionally leaving it to me. We heard it umpteen times from different sources with some variations, and it is quite amusing.
The legend has it the rock columns are the remains of a causeway between Ireland and Scotland and an Irish giant was challenged to a fight by a Scottish giant. The Scottish giant used the causeway to get to Ireland but the Irish giant's wife had dressed her husband as a baby. When the Scottish giant saw the size of the 'baby', he reckoned the baby's father must be a giant among giants and fled back to Scotland, destroying the causeway so the Irish giant could not follow him and only the columns of rock remain. (I don't want to here rumours that this legend was invented by the Northern Ireland Tourist Bureau)
My ability to have no people in photos of crowded areas is unmatched.
The hexagonal shapes were rather amazing.
While we stopped at the Belfast Titanic Museum, we barely had time to photograph, never mind seeing the museum. It had been highly recommended to us.
Quite stunning modern architecture. Better photo here.
It's a working port at the museum.
The very handsome Parliament building.
Closer to where the Stormont sits.
I felt a little uncomfortable in Belfast as we visited areas where 'the troubles' happened. The street names from the 70s and 80s where rioting, killings and house burning all came back to me as I heard them mentioned. If you think it is all peaceful now, it is not.
A bomb was found in the Creggan area of Londonderry after police searches in the area on Monday 9 September.
It looks like a sculpture of hope.
Never let religion get in the way of commercial advertising.
That was interesting reading as I 'researched' for this post.
Well, I agree with that.
Catholics one side of the wall and protestants the other. Pretty shocking to see really.
You can get some perspective as to how high the wall is, to stop things being thrown over. I think we were on the protestant side.
Nevertheless there are some very attractive buildings in Belfast.
Later edit: You may like to see more photos and some detail about Belfast at Marie's blog.