|Waiting for the beer to settle|
|It’s all set to be topped off|
|The Perfect Pint|
|My boyfriend and I, jet lagged but enjoying the perfect pint|
The next stop was to grab some food at a pub down the street from our hotel.
|Bullet hole on bottom right|
|The sword has been blown off|
Before leaving, we had to make sure to go kiss the fish! They say if you kiss the fish, you’re sure to return to Belfast.
|Close up of the dry dock|
Belfast is very proud of the Titanic, but many people always ask them why. Their response? “She was fine when she left here.” Hehe.
We then drove up the Northern Coast of North Ireland, which is absolutely beautiful.
In North Ireland, I had my first Ulster Fry! An Ulster Fry is the North Ireland version of an Irish breakfast. All that food below it for one person. A traditional Ulster Fry includes rashers (bacon), 1 egg, bangers (sausage), grilled tomato, potato bread (which is more like a hash brown to us Americans) and mushrooms.
|Imagine eating this every day. Whew.|
Continuing our touristy trip, we went to a rope bridge that used to lead to one of the best locations for salmon fishing. But it’s been over fished so there really aren’t any left.
This bridge used to be only a single handrail and large gaps between the slats. Eek.
|This seems much safer!|
It’s 23 meters above the water, and and 20 meters long.
|See how they look like stepping stones?|
We wanted to check it our from above, so we headed up.
|So. Many. Stairs.|
But the view was worth the effort!
Next stop: Dunluce Castle.
It is so close to the edge of the cliff that parts of the walls have fallen into the water below.
We stopped in Donegal and headed to the hat factory: Hanna Hats.
We picked up a few souvenirs.
We spent the night in Kinsale, what a gorgeous town!
We then ended up in Limerick to visit some family and visited Adare Manor while we were there.
We also visited the Cliffs of Moher. What wonderful views!
One of my cousins, Aisling, baked this beautiful cake for our arrival. She is ten, and bakes better than I can ever hope to! Just look how amazing this looks!
|View from the farm|
It is still in use today, and is primarily a dairy farm.
When I last visited (I was about 10), I was asked to go collect the eggs from the hen house with my cousin. She dropped an egg, but they blamed me, the American!
We also went to see my grandfather’s old school. Yes, that is a tree growing straight through it.