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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Monday was a day of relaxation before heading over to Northern Ireland.

Tuesday morning I flew to Belfast, which only takes an hour, where my friend Donnach picked me up, once he worked out which airport I was at :-) We travelled to his home town of Ballintoy which is about an hours drive north to the coast, where his lovely family welcomed me into their home for a few days. They were forecasting rain for the whole time I was going to be in beautiful Ireland but I had fabulous weather. Couple of light showers nothing to stop us from getting out and about.
As you will see from the photos this place is just gorgeous it is breathtakingly beautiful and I felt very calm and peaceful here. Will definitely be venturing back this way. Wednesday I went for a huge walk in the morning and in the afternoon we met up with a couple of Donnachs friends and visited The Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
The rope bridge links the mainland with the tiny island of Carrickarede.  It spans 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks. Although no one has fallen off the bridge, there have been many instances where visitors, unable to face the walk back across the bridge, have had to be taken off the island by boat. I wasn't one of them!!! The rope bridge beats a boat trip any day. 
The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The causeway coastal route is rated one of the top 5 road trips worldwide. Not surprising. Thursday we went for a great drive to Ballintoy then on to Cushendun. 
 Friday I had to arise at 4.20am to head to the airport as Donnach had to catch a 7am flight. Not my preferred wake up time but had such a great few days it was a price I was happy to pay. Six American choppers arrived whilst I was waiting at the airport, all to do with G8 and caused several flights to be delayed, luckily mine was not one of them. Returned to Bonnie Scotland mid afternoon ready to pack and head to Aberdeen on Saturday. 

 It is not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and make happiness your priority it is an absolute necessity! 
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Helen Hamilton on

Thanks for the Birthday wishes, have thoroughly enjoyed so far reading what you have been up to. Ireland was one of my favorites, the scenery is just beautiful. Keep having a great adventure. Love Helen x

Fiona on

Hey beautiful.... So glad you are having a fabby time....!! Cant wait to see you in Sept.....Miss you.. xxxx

janetanne on

Hello sis yes having lovely time. Will send you an email or skype once get to Edinburgh. Missed u on Skype on Sunday. How is our mummy doing? Give them both a big hug for me please. Janet xx

Jaye on

Thinking of you. The scenery is so amazingly breath taking. Have a great day.

Christine on

Wow beautiful scenery indeed! definitely putting Ireland on our list when we finally get to Glad you are having an amazing time ...yeah those 'fat pics' just appear don't they? Do you think there are 'fat' goblins out there interfering with our photography lately?....if so I've come across a few of them
Miss you, but keep having fun!!!

janetanne on

Haha yes put Ireland on your list its a shame it's a country struggling. As for the "fat goblins" they are nasty wee things are they not? Must be an international problem. Miss you guys xx

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