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Northern Ireland

Off to Belfast

Up early as today we fly from Stanstead Airport to Belfast. We arrived to a sunny day in Northern Ireland. After a bus ride from the airport we found our apartment hotel and left our luggage. As the sun continued to shine we walked around the city centre looking for a place for lunch and enjoying the nice architecture. We were surprised to see a “Tim Horton’s” on one street corner!

In the afternoon we toured the beautiful city hall which was built in 1906. City Hall has many connections with the famous ocean liner Titanic. Viscount William Pirrie, who was Lord Mayor in 1896-1897 just before the City Hall’s construction, was also managing director of Harland & Wolff Shipyard. He is the man credited as having the idea for both ambitious builds. He used many of his skilled workmen in the fit-out of City Hall which is why the interiors today are considered an incredible insight into the finish of Titanic’s lounges and suites.

In the evening we went out for delicious Irish meals of Lamb Stew and Seafood Chowder. Jim enjoyed his first Guinness of the trip and Pat enjoyed a gin from a local distillery.

Tim Horton’s in Belfast!
Pat’s Local Gin and Irish Lamb Stew

Jim’s delicious dinner
First Guinness in Northern Ireland

Posted by Jimpat 13:17

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