Hello from a new place!
Today’s song of the day is “Wild Rover” by the Dubliners.
Today, I made my way to Northern Ireland. I went with the same tour company I used to do the Cliffs of Moher, and, interestingly enough, had the same tour guide, Peter! Ha!
I started my day with the Political Taxi Tour in Belfast. We had the choice on this trip to either do Titanic Belfast or the Political Taxi Tour. I, as I have already stated, went with the Political Taxi Tour. We took old school UK black taxis around the city. Our guide was an actual taxi driver from the North (named Joe) who grew up in the city and experienced first hand the violence that shook the city until very recently (Good Friday treaty wasn’t signed until the late 90’s and wasn’t fully implemented until 2000). It was an amazing experience. I loved having the first hand account from Joe (it took me a good second to get a handle on Joe’s Northern Irish accent. Much thicker than that of the Dubliners). Belfast is a beautiful place, but you can absolutely still feel the remnants of The Troubles.
Once we got all the information we could get from good ole Joe, we set off to Dunluce Castle. It’s a brilliant ruin on the coast of Northern Ireland. Sadly, we were only there for a photo opportunity, so we didn’t get to walk around the grounds at all. Still a worthy stop.
Next stop was the Giants Causeway! Also on my must-see list, I was not disappointed in the slightest. This natural wonder is completely breathtaking. Sadly, the mythical giant who is said to live on the causeway, Finn O’Coole, was not at home at the time. Well worth a solid visit.
Our final stop on the tour was the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. And, well, I didn’t die. This creaky bridge was used by fisherman in the good old days. Now, I’m afraid, it’s primarily a tourist attraction and a heritage site. Still super cool, and, it comes with some pretty amazing views, so win win all in all.
Tomorrow is my final day trip and my second to last day in the city. Le Booooo.