Day 8 - Belfast
Trip Start Sep 09, 2012
31Trip End Nov 24, 2012
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Day to day life continues to involve segregation with distinct Protestant and Catholic areas (although the city centre is neutral territory). They still only drink in their own pubs, go to their own schools, socialize with their own, their buses only go to their own areas and they only barrack for their own football teams. All claimed in the name of religion but no one goes to church either
At one stage on our tour, mum saw an Irish dancing costume shop and made a beeline for it. As Chloe adores Irish dancing, gran had promised her a Dum Dum dress. To gran's horror the one she liked was 800 dollars so she settled on a second hand one!
We then visited the Titanic museum, which only opened 6 months ago. The Titanic was built in Belfast. It was quite interesting and well done, with some artifacts and costumes from the movie too.
We then visited the Belfast Town council building, bombed and destroyed in World War II but rebuilt exactly the same. It was a beautiful building both inside and out. And was recently renovated and repainted.
We then went for a wander around Belfast, stopping via Victoria Square, St Anne’s and the Albert Memorial Clock. At one point I almost walked into Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones fans will know him as the legendary Tywin Lannister). He was with his wife and child though so I didn’t approach. We had a meal at the oldest pub in Belfast, The Crown. It was yummy! Then we headed back to Maranatha for a good rest!