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Aug 31, 2005 - Northern Ireland - the races

Have just returned from 4 fabulous days in Northern Ireland. Looked after amazingly well by my friend Caroline's family - with a brilliant (but unsuccessful) day at the races at Downpatrick also part of the deal. Caroline's father picked us up from the airport at Belfast - and took us on a Tiki Tour of Belfast - managing to coincide our visit with a huge march (that Orange lot I understand). Very scary to see the father and sons walking in their uniforms down the street - boys as young as 4 - 5 all dolled up in the gear. Apparently the...

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Aug 12, 2005 - Goodbye Scotland, Hello Ireland

I had a rough morning getting going today (which I'm sure had nothing to do with the copious amounts of beer last night:) but I managed to make it to the bus station on time and onto my coach for Stranraer on the southwest coast of Scotland. We had a pretty long wait here before the next ferry took off so I tried to call ahead and book some accomodation in Ireland. I had already booked for Belfast, Derry, and Dublin, so I thought I was set for the next few nights. Then I opened up my notebook to find that I was supposed to call back the...

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Kristy's World Tour!

May 24, 2005 - Paddywagon 10 Day All Ireland Tour Day 9

On the road again. Dunluce Castle is in a beautiful place. The weather was nice, the scenery great and another good story. Giants causeway wasn't too far from the castle and is one of those amazing places that nature surprises us with. Really strange hexagonal rocks which stretch into the sea towards Scotland which is visible across the straight. Another nice spot was at Carrick-a-rede. The water looked fantastic and clear, many birds nesting on the small cliffs and a tranquillity which just set you at ease. Tonight's stop was Belfast, a...

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Apr 5, 2005 - Belfast

One of the most interesting places I have ever visited and one I was very keen to see. Run down and definitely not touristy at all, Belfast will be remembered for many reasons. The centre of the troubles during Northern Ireland's history, Belfast is still very much divided into Protestant and Catholic. A black cab tour with a man who lived through it all was a highlight as were the many murals on both the Falls and Shankill Roads. We will also remember this place for the movie we saw: Mickybo and Me. Of all the things this new movie could...

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WorldWideWarren

Mar 24, 2005 - The ball is rolling

Well the RTW is well and truly booked. After two and a half hours of assisting Aaron in STA Travel Belfast in losing the will to live we have a RTW route decided upon with money changing hands. Can't recommend STA Travel highly enough. If you're considering a RTW trip you should head straight for Botanic Avenue in Belfast and STA. June 8th 2005 is the kick off. So much to do before that. So much to find out yet. Currency! How much to take in cash. Traveller's cheques. Dollars or sterling? Local currencies? Plan to log on to Lonely Planet's...

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Gary On Tour 2005

Mar 19, 2005 - Belfast, Northern Ireland UPDATED

Incredibly interesting city. I left Berlin, a city that had torn down a wall, still trying to unite itself, and arrived in a city that was still building one up. There are still problems in Belfast. The city is starkly divided and now it seems is run by each neighborhood's own thug gang. There are murals everywhere letting you know whose territory you are in. The night I arrived, the street corner was covered in Loyalist flags. The next morning, they have been removed by the city government to try to bring more unity to the city. It was...

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Sep 22, 2004 - Belfast Northern Ireland

Traveled thru Belfast on the way to Giants Causeway. They say the city is safe now from all the violence. Didn't see any images like you always saw on tv. The city is going through a major rebuilding. With all the sky cranes, it looked like Las Vegas. The economy doesn't seem to be hurting like the rest of Europe.

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Sep 15, 2004 - Home to say goodbye

I've been home for 10 days and have had a great time, got to spend time with my nephews Jamie and Matthew who are a funny comedy duo. The packing has going slowing until the day before when I discovered the amount of stuff that I had set aside would have filled double the bags that I was taking. Two lots of cutting down has left me with bags filled to busting but I don't think there is much else I can ditch, packing for 15 months is pretty hard!! I'm sitting here on Sat 25 trying to think if I've forgotten anything, just remembered I need...

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Dave's Big Trip

Aug 23, 2004 - Belfast

After my flight that was an hour late and having to stand in the hallway for nearly an hour, the tourist information stand was closed so I had no idea how to get to my hostel. Then the ATM was refusing to give me any money and of course I had no Pounds, only Euro. Luckily the Change lady was open and I was able to exchange some Traveller's Checks. And people made fun of me for bringing them. Hah. I called the hostel and was able to get directions, only they started with getting on the bus. But that's all they said...the bus. So I'm thinking...

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Sarah's Sojourn

Jun 6, 2004 - Glasgow to Troon. Troon to Belfast.

I woke up and realized that D-Day was today 60 years ago. I had thought about taking a train through the Chunnel to France and then over to Normandy for the big events going on over there, but I really didn't have the time. I mean I don't have enough time over here in Britain... I really wanted to see York and now my only chance is to come back after Spain. Well we got up early for once and I even got down to eat the free breakfast. We got a taxi and told the guy we wanted to head out to Ibrox stadium. He asked us what we want to go there...

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Feb 1, 2004 - Unraveling the Past, one Age at a time

As fascinating as the last century has been for Ireland, how could it ever compare to the rich history and ancient stories about the land that go back to pre-medieval or even the early AD period? Between all of the stops at the many monasteries, circled stones, and ritual sites, we could only begin to understand the ways of the Celts, druids, Normans, Vikings, and later the Christians and their significant impacts on Irish culture. We'd love to repeat each of the legends and historical recounts here but perhaps just a few photographic...

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