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... our way to the carrack-a-rede bridge! The carrack-a-rede bridge was built in the 1600's by salmon fisherman who used it to get from the Ireland mainland to a small island to check their fishing nets! Obviously it had been redone now to make sure it is safer but boy is it still scary! It's probably 30-40 metres above the crashing ocean waves with just a plank of wood over the ropes to make it easier to walk one! It was £5 to walk ...
We had coffee, then joined a brilliant guided tour, mainly outside, explaining all about the Harland and Wolff shipyard where Titanic was built, the current cranes Samson and Goliath, the memorial lawn, the magnificent building itself and much more. Outside is a great statue of "Titanica" by Rowan Gillespie.
Was "that" movie really 1997??????
Then, after lunch, we did the exhibition itself. ...
It was 7am and we were off to the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. Unbelievable coastline with some of the most entertaining tales as to how the coastline was formed, a giant named Finn is what I will leave you with. For those that watch Game of Thrones, much of the outside action footage is here and the studio is in Belfast. Going to have to start watching that show now. We walked across a 30 foot rope bridge ...
Cold does not even begin to describe the temperature of our room last night. I fell asleep in two pairs of pants, my slippers, my winter hat and my winter coat. I was not cold sleeping but I sure as heck didn't want to get out of bed in the morning. I think it was actually warmer outside the hostel then it was in our room. At least we had a quiet night.
We took the 8:10 am train up north to a town called Coleraine and from there a bus to a town ...
... or whether there is any evidence of McConnells there.
After looking for McConnells at Ballymacmary, Antrim, we headed north on the coastal road. Stopped to have an afternoon ale in Glenarm at the Bridge End Tavern. Dark wood, fire in the grate, publican and two locals. We mentioned looking for my ancestor and the publican asked the name, and when I told him he replied, "McConnells are a bad lot." When Cath ...