Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

Ireland 2019: From Belfast to Galway

They say that it’s a rocky road to Dublin Town but we experienced nothing but smooth sailing as soon as boarded our train in Belfast. We began our Ireland vacation on Monday, June 17th, when we landed at Dublin Airport … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Banksy’s Street Art at the Culloden

Can you think of a better anti-establishment symbol than Banksy, the anonymous street artist who has spread his satirical message on walls throughout the world? How about a better pro-establishment symbol in Northern Ireland than the splendid but stuffy Culloden … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: The Culloden Estate and Spa in Cultra

The tiny community of Cultra is a wealthy suburb located just east of Holywood and is about five miles from central Belfast. As you drive along the tree-lined roads you will sometimes get a glimpse of the stately mansions set … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Dinner in the Holywood Hills

On Sunday evening we were invited to attend a gathering of the clan at the Holywood Golf Club high up in the Holywood Hills about seven miles southeast of Belfast. It was a reunion of sorts since most of us … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Views of Belfast from the Grand Central Hotel

Here’s all you need to know about the Grand Central: A 23-story office building called Windsor House was built on Bedford Street in 1974 and at the time it was the tallest building in Belfast but it has since been … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Botanic Gardens Belfast

The day after our Game of Thrones Tour we decided to walk to the city’s Queen’s Quarter and visit the Ulster Museum and the Botanic Gardens. Botanic Gardens Belfast is a popular park located in the Queen’s Quarter of Belfast … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: The Rest of the Ulster Museum

Believe it or not, we actually saw other things in the Ulster Museum that had nothing to do with the Game of Thrones. Unless, that is, these dinosaurs are considered cousins of dragons:

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Ireland 2019: Game of Thrones and the Ulster Museum

On our fourth day in Northern Ireland my son-in-law Brian and I spent ten hours on a bus tour driving around County Down and checking out various Game of Thrones filming sites. We saw some beautiful scenery during those ten … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Our Game of Thrones Tour, Part Five — Tollymore

After packing up our cloaks and swords we left Inch Abbey and drove through the town of Downpatrick until we reached the A25 road and then we headed westward past the village of Clough until we reached the town of … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Our Game of Thrones Tour, Part Four — Direwolves and Monks

Well, we didn’t see any monks on our GoT tour because King Henry VIII either evicted or executed all of the monks in the British Isles between 1536 and 1542 and dissolved all of their abbeys. We did tour one … Continue reading

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