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Monday, 6 March 2017

When in Belfast


Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a nice weekend. I had a lot of questions over the weekend about my trip to Belfast so I thought it would be easier to do a blog post so I can refer back to here and share everything we done while there.

I love going on a little January trip, something to look forward to after Christmas. I had planned on just going to Belfast and doing the Titanic Experience and the Giants Causeway in the one day. They were both places I wanted to visit for a while now so it was good to get them both ticked off the list in the one weekend. Something I said I would do as part of my New years resolutions was to take more city breaks. I am 100% one of those book now and worry about how I'm going to get the money up for it later kinda people. Last minute.com I went online Thursday evening to price hotels so we could spend a night in Belfast. I got a deal for Jurys Inn so we booked there. Cheap and cheerful the room was basic but it grand as we didn't spend much time in the room.


What to do

The Titanic Experience...
 I always had an interest in the Titanic and the film is one of my all time favourites so I was dying to do the tour.  The only thing I was raging about was the fact that on a Sunday they do afternoon tea there & its set in the Titanic suite where they have a replica of the staircase from the ship. If I had of looked on the website before going I would have waited to go on a Sunday so I could have done that. I'll do my research next time.



Eat at  

Flame restaurant...
Upon checking into our hotel , the lovely receptionist asked if we had made dinner reservations. She told us of Flame which was only a 2 minute walk from our hotel. The restaurant and staff were amazing and the atmosphere was so nice, they had live music and I could have stayed there all night. Its definitely a must- eat spot. * Try the Pineapple Express cocktail, it tastes like Summer if there was such a thing!

Visit
The Giants Causeway...


I can't put into words how amazing it really is, you have to go and see it.  For anyone that doesn't know, the Giant's Causeway is basically a coastline consisting of basalt columns of rock ranging in size as you can see from my pictures. It is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. We have so many amazing landmarks in Ireland and this is definitely one you MUST see to believe how amazing our little country is.



The Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge...
When I said I was going to be visiting The Giants Causeway I got so many messages saying I had to visit the Rope Bridge too. It was only a 15 minute drive from the causeway. The scenery is amazing here and there are lots of vantage points to take in the views and get some lovely pictures. It is about a 10 minute coastal walk from the car park to the rope bridge. I think we went at peak time because we had to queue for about 45 mins to cross the rope bridge. This is most definitely not for the faint hearted. The weather bears a huge factor in whether you can cross the bridge or not. The story behind the bridge is that fisherman made it to link the mainland to a tiny island, Carrickarede during salmon season. The bridge is 20 metres wide and is 30 metres above the rocks below.


Don't forget..
To take a trip to the peace walls. You can take a black taxi tour for around 25 euro and will learn the history behind these walls.

All in all it was a great trip and I feel like we got a lot in in the two days we were there.


  Hope you enjoyed reading.


Dominique
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