Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway

Stop #15:

Giants Causeway has over 40,000 basalt columns formed from ancient volcanic activity. Located on the northern coast of Northern Ireland, The causeway is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1986.

By legend, the stones are the remnants of a causeway built by a giant named Finn MacCool to connect giants destroyed the causeway (depending on which version of the story is told), leaving only the remnants of the causeway you see today.

Belfast

Stop #14:

I found Belfast to be the highlight city from our visit.  While the trip was focused primarily on landscapes and scenery, the cities definitely added to the experience.  And after long days of driving, Guinness was welcome in the many pubs each night.  Belfast seems to be one of the up-and-coming destination cities.  It has so much to offer.  I’ll definitely plan a longer visit at some point in the future.

If you love street art (not graffiti), then there is plenty to see (below is a panorama of one of the places I particularly found interesting).

And the pubs are incredibly interesting with some Irish themed whiskey or beer ads in just about every squire inch of the wall (and ceiling) space. Great photo opportunities!

A man I met at the front of the church pointed this out to me. Recognize these from playing cards? They are front and center on the Church of Ireland Cathedral…

Diamonds – Greed

Clubs – Conflict

Hearts – Love

Spades – Toil

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