Fondest memory: We come to Northern Ireland on a tour, which we have booked in advance...a tout company "Paddy Wagon" seems to have an economical price with a lot of sightseeing offered on the way with accommodation included
I have a lot of fun during visiting North Ireland, there were different nationalities in the tour group, and we have so much fun together, stick together for 3 days...too bad after that, walked everyone to their own way...We were staying in Dublin a few days before heading back home
Land of loneliness and history yet turning modern
Favorite thing: I have heard of Northern Ireland being a dangerous place since I was a young child and the media over here in Australia really did nothing to alter my view. Mind you when September 11 rolled around Northern Ireland seemed to take a back seat on news coverage on this side of the world. I really don't know enough to know if that was just a coincidence or what.
Anyway I though Belfast had a great feel about it - in our very short visit it probably appealed to me more than Dublin. The countryside however up on the Antrim Coast was what I expected had a wonderful feeling of history and lonliness. Great place I hope to return to one day.
Fondest memory: The stunning coastal scenery with its ruined castles and the weather! I asked a few people if it was normally as windy as it was that day and they all seemed surprised I had even noticed a breeze. Far out if we had wind like that back home we would be bracing for a cyclone! Amazing I love how different places deal and live with different conditions. No wonder the British settlers struggled when they first came to Australia.
From Giant's Causeway to Donegal
Favorite thing: The Giant's Causeway is near the town of Bushmills and then Ballycastle is not too far away as well. Ballycastle usually has good Irish music frequently in the pubs, sessions as they're called. There's a youth hostel nearby in Whitepark bay. The Bushmill's Inn has a lovely pub and meals but it's expensive. The Distillers Arms won some type of award recently for their food. You can also tour the Bushmills distillery. The drive from the Giant's Causeway to Portrush is incredibly scenic. Portrush usually has traditional music in its pubs as well. The Ramore Wine Bar is a great place to eat. Portstewart is a lovely town as well (I'm biased!)Irish music is Thursday nights at the Anchor.
The ferry at Magilligan which takes you to Greencastle in Donegal in a good way of crossing. The Point restaurant at Magilligan serves up a wonderful seafood chowder. Also, McGrory's in Culdaff County Donegal is famous for the musicians they bring in there and the food is good as well. Hope this helps!Related to:
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Roads in NI
Favorite thing: of course there are highways except we dont call them that and our roads are divided into different ways the "A" roads for example the "A26" is a Main primary route meaning that it is a main route between to places then there are "B" roads for example "B67" that means that they are secondary roads between two places and then of there is Motorways like for example the "M2" this is the case across the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland ,England,Scotland,Wales= The United Kingdom)
Belfast is beautiful
Favorite thing: If you've never been to belfast before, take the bus tour around the center of town, it will fill you in on all the history and current happenings in a safe, enjoyable environment. Belfast tends to get bad press within the media but form living here, I can tell you that it is not the war zone that it's made out to be. Yes, there are dangerous areas in Belfast but you get this in ALL cities. The transport within belfast is improving, there are trains travelling from Great Victoria Street station to various other parts of Ireland regularly (Dublin, Bangor, Carrickfergus,Londonderry etc etc) as well as this there are the 'Metro' buses which are cheap to travel on while being generally on time and comfortable. There's a great nightlife in belfast for all age groups. From the average teenage nightlife to sophisticated evenings for the adults.
Fondest memory: I'd say the best thing about belfast is the beautiful architecture and the wealth of culture. The city hall is a grand building which has regular tours operating throughout the day. There's also a tourist office in the street opposite the cityhall which can tell you current events within the city. Queen's university is worth a look also and is nearby some nice restaurants and bars which aren't all aimed at students. Once again the architecture here is lovely and isn't far form reasonably priced hotels and B & B's. If you want to know anymore then drop me a line and I'd be more than happy to help! (Photos to come soon!)Related to:
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Northern Irish humour
Favorite thing: The many years of sectarian strife has bred a deep rich and dark sense of humour in the province.
Two little stories may help to illustrate this :
A visitor to Northern Ireland is questioned in a pub,
"Are ye a protestant or a catholic ?"
Not wishing to enter into any form of debate or cause any offence or indeed receive any hassle, he replied :
"I'm a Buddhist"
To which the reply was :
"Ah yes, but are you a Protestant Buddhist or a Catholic Buddhist"
Some years back in November the Unionists got a banner strung across the City Hall in Belfast that read
"Ulster says No". Some wag noted that the city council could save some money during December by buying an 'E & L'
The cartoon opposite picks up on this old DUP slogan to show the political party trying to 're-package' itself with a more modern message
Getting a hold on the lingo
Favorite thing: It has to be said that the Northern Irish accent is not quite as easy on the ear as the lilting tones of someone from say Donegal or Galway.
The Belfast accent inparticular has quite a hard edge to it. The best approximation I can suggest is the following :
Clench your teeth creating a 10 millimeter gap between the upper and lower set and say with some gusto : 'NORN IRON' (Northern Ireland)
Fondest memory: Driving along the Antrim coast we took a detour to Torr Head, and we were rewarded with this view. The sunlight and the clouds were reflected by the sea and it looked like in a fairy tale.The coastline on the horizon is Scotland, and from the top of the hill it looks so close enough to swim over.
All alone on White Island
Fondest memory: Having White Island all for ourselves. White Island is a tiny slab of land in the middle of Lough Erne, and there is a wall with a row of probably pagan figures in a ruin there. For getting to White Island you need to go by ferry from the Castle Archdale Marina, and in spite of us arriving there about 30 min after the last boat had returned, they got us onto a boat and made one last trip to the island just for the two of us, and we had the place to ourselves and could soak up the atmosphere there.
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