Last month I’m sure your remember me posting about our little holiday to Switzerland and Italy here. Well here is the follow-up in the form of part two. Belfast.
Last May bank holiday weekend myself and Freddie decided that we would take advantage of the May bank holiday weekend by paying a little visit to the north. Having never been to Belfast before and having heard all of the stories from there all my life, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. We have all heard the stories of both sides protesting, fighting and bombings. Thank fully the whole bombing thing is not as common these days, but there is still a threat there, only earlier in the week there was a viable bomb left in a car in the town centre. As I saw the pictures of the area on the T.V. I recognized the area, as I had only driven through it a few months earlier and been shopping in the adjacent shopping centre.
Still, Belfast has come a long way from where it was and was now a vibrant, cultural, inviting city that was on a list of must visits. Our first day there was spent looking around the shops and seeing some of the sights. Over the next two days we saw the Titanic museum, the O2 arena, the crumlin road goal, the peace walls and a trip to the Krumlin also, have do the gay when your away!! The thing with Belfast is the fact that it has such a recent dark history but has such a massive change has occurred in the last twenty to thirty years. Belfast has gone from being the most dangerous city in Europe to being the safest city in Europe. That is a massive change in such a short period of time that it is actually incredible.
We did the city tour bus, getting a 24 hour ticket thinking that we wouldn’t actually use it more than just the once, but we used the bus a number of times. We got off at the Titanic, Stormount, Falls road, Shankhill Road, the peacewalls and found that we didn’t have enough time to see all the rest of the sights we wanted to see before the last bus was gone, so we came back the next day with the same ticket and got to see other sights that we wanted to see.
So if your planning your next “Staycation” put Belfast on the list of possible places to go. You won’t regret it.
That’s it for now kids. Talk later and keep in touch.