Gates between two Peoples.

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Oct 13, 2012

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What I did
Titatnic Belfast Exhibit and Bullets,bombs & Peace tour

Flag of United Kingdom  , Northern Ireland,
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

We, as Canadians, and I think even more so as West Coasters, are so isolated from so much strife in the world - or perhaps it's just me.  In this modern city, still, every night at 6:30 p.m., gates with barbed wire on top, are slammed shut separating two groups of people, opening again each early morning.  What once started as a religious difference has gone over and beyond that basic difference.  Now it is the Northerners (mostly Protestants), those that support being governed by the British and those Irish who support Home Rule, the Sinn Fein - the IRA (Irish Republic Army), (Catholic).  Even today's paper highlighted pictures of the Protestants marching - rudely through Catholic areas on the weekend.  This "war" is calmer, but not over.   We took a Black Taxi tour called Bullets, Bombs and Peace with a driver who worked the famous Falls Road and Shankill Road during the "Troubles".  Wonderful to listen to the history this man knew, right back to William of Orange (therefore the orange on the flag of the Northerners) where the troubles probably initiated.  Basically, the Irish are a strong willed group, who have maintained their ideals and values for generations, even to the extent of starving themselves for their cause - the Sinn Fein 10 as seen on one of the many murals that colour this city.

 Fabulous tour - learned so much and now understand the Irish scene a lot better.  While a great deal of strife - it is so admirable that these people take phenomenal action for what they believe in - gives one much to ponder upon.

 Lunch at The Mourne - seafood bar - excellent seafood chowder etc right in city centre then walked the Titanic walkway.

 Afternoon at the Titanic Belfast - world's largest titanic exhibit - quite the place - even a shipyard 'ride' and Rich didn't even throw up! heh. Taxi back to B and B - no rain and even some lovely sun today.

 Will be an early night - missed our breakfast time (altho' Roger kindly served us anyway) as we slept like rocks for 12 hours! Off North in the morn - Bha driving eekk!!
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Debbie Fellows on

Thanks for the history update - fascinating and so sad. Just want everyone to get along :) Enjoy the travels and the drive with the stick shift tomorrow .. I love that you are doing the gear thing ... I love driving mine in summer!

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