Travel Blogs from Belfast
East Belfast and Van Morrison ...
'Oh, I travelled far
The nearest star
And Mount Palomar
And we don't care just who you know
It's who you are
And when they all
All go home
Down the cobblestones
You will double back
To a cul de sac' ('Cul De sac')
Places we visited on the Van Morrison tour of Belfast
1 Hyndford Street
'Take me back, take me way, way, way back
On Hyndford Street
... for lunch from the cafe.
We boarded the bus and
headed west for a short ways to the highlight of the tour, The Giant’s
Causeway. Matthew dropped us off and would pick us back up near the
restaurant. Strangely, it is free to visit the Giant’s Causeway, but
there is a fee for parking and to enter the visitor center. We started
walking along the Blue Trail and soon made it to the causeway. By the
time we got ...
... a great book shop near the main gate (!!!). Our cab driver for the day, Colin, picked us up again after our visit and we went to retrieve our bags from the hotel then headed for the bus station and grabbed a ride to Derry. We walked through the Walled City and ate at the Diamond. -- Magaly P.S. iPod can't locate Titanic Belfast Ltd. in Places Visited, can't figure out ...
... flag is flown everywhere. And most staggering, there are huge murals painted on the sides of houses. All of them represent people who have fought and died for their cause in some way. One in particular portrayed a guy who was called the Topgun, named such because he "won" the race to kill as many Catholics as possible. All 25 that he killed before he was murdered, were innocent people. It's insane. (Photo attached) He then took us to the Peace Wall. It's really scary to think ...
The hottest time period of the conflict was the 1970's. In 1971, hoping to crack down on the conflict, the British government introduced detention without trial, and thousands of prisoners were held in massive prison facilities. The prisoners advocated fiercely for their rights, staging protests and hunger strikes within the prison in hopes of being recognized as political prisoners.
In 1972 alone 323 civilians, 41 police officers and 103 soldiers ...