BEST WESTERN PLUS White Horse Hotel
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Here we were, halfway through. It was time to transition, to move forward in time, to leave the Easter Rising behind and begin considering the Troubles. To do that we had to cross borders; we had to leave the Republic and enter Northern Ireland. Before we departed Dublin, we said goodbye to the 1916 rebels in the only appropriate way; we visited …
Today started out again with breakfast at the B&B in Dublin. Sam got the traditional Irish breakfast, while Matt enjoyed the poached eggs that Sam got the day before. After packing up and stuffing the rental car with the luggage, we set off for the costal highway. Second attempt at driving in Ireland went very well. Matt caught on quickly even when trying to keep his cool with the iPhone and map issues trying to get ourselves out ...
The city has 2 names depending on who you talk to. It's original name was Derry, but when the British came and established a trading town & then a city here they called it Londonderry. So, the republicans still call it Derry, & are trying to have the name changed back to its original name. But, the English & the loyalist Irish call it Londonderry. We went on a walking tour of the city despite the rain because we both remember hearing about this city ...
... for me now that I’ve got a good idea of the history under my belt. And then to see Dervish Friday night at the Memorial Forum! Yesss, and well I might as well head to a pub afterwards for some more live trad music – I think that’d be the perfect trip to see the city, and wake up to another huge irish breakfast Saturday morning and maybe catch a bus 11am or so and back in Dublin Saturday afternoon. That’s my plan. And I DO know that anything can happen so ...
... have again next Saturday, that reaches 50 feet high. The bonfire is show of Protestant solidarity, a sign that the peace in this town is fragile. The couple seems offended when we tell them we're just passing through and will not be making next week's bonfire. The man says "I drive through McDonalds, but you Americans drive through towns."
We leave the city walls and walk back across the bridge to our inn and ready ourselves for bed. Hopefully the weather will be better ...