Ireland and Northern Ireland

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Ireland & Northern Ireland, so close but so far away. Northern Ireland is part of United Kingdom and they use pounds, The Republic of Ireland is not part of UK, they prefer EU and euro.  

Our trip started it Dublin, where one of the most amazing libraries is situated. Trinity library, as part of Trinity Collage. For me, that’s the best thing in the city. All the life is there; students, tourists and universities. Have to mention exhibition about “Books of Kells” is part of the library entrance.  After university we headed to famous “Temple Bar” street, which if funny because Temple Bar is name of the whole street and now just one bar as tourists often confuse.

Things to do in Ireland

One of the most beautiful library in the world.

Things to do in Ireland

Did you know Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin? Same as Bram Stoker, Bono from U2, Collin Farrell and many more..

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Famous Temple Bar street with bunch of beautiful pubs

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

In the pub where you can dine with those fellows

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Molly Malone is a popular song which has become the unofficial anthem of Dublin. And this statue is known as a “boobs statue” where people hold breasts for good luck.

Things to do in Ireland

Statue? No really, the move 😀 You can even be part and take a picture with them

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Inside Cathedral St.Patrick

Things to do in Ireland

On our way to Belfast we visited Newgrange, which is 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley. Newgrange was built by Stone Age farmers and it is far older than pyramids of Egypt or Stonehenge.

Things to do in Ireland

Newgrange – megalithic tomb that provides a fascinating primer on how Ireland’s people lived – and died – more than 5,000 years old.

Things to do in Ireland

Newgrange – megalithic tomb that provides a fascinating primer on how Ireland’s people lived – and died – more than 5,000 years old.

As we arrived to Belfast quite late, we decided to visit the city last and head more to north. The next day we went to Dark Hedges, which became quite popular after Game of Thrones series. This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

Things to do in Ireland

Dark Hedges, famous from the GOT scene

Things to do in Ireland

After the Dark Hedges, we took “causeway coastal route” starting from  Castlerock and ending at Belfast. It is quite easy road, you’re just following the coast and enjoying the ride with beautiful landscapes.

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Things to do in Ireland

Giant’s Causeway. According to legend, the columns are built by a giant. The story goes that the Irish giant Fionn was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet. But when Fionn saw Benandonner, he realizes that he is bigger than him. Fionn’s wife then disguises Fionn as a baby and tucks him in a cradle., in order to hide him. When Benandonner sees the size of the ‘baby’, he reckons that its father, Fionn, must be a giant among giants. He flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Fionn could not follow. Across the sea, there are identical basalt columns (a part of the same ancient lava flow) at Fingal’s Cave on the Scottish isle of Staffa, and it is possible that the story was influenced by this.

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Things to do in Ireland

Recognize this? Game of Thrones maybe?

Things to do in Ireland

As we made up to the end (you can do this road in one day) we explored the city, which is nothing special. The most interest things to do in Belfast is Titanic museum and pub “The Crown Liquor Saloon”, one of the most beautiful pubs I have ever seen.

Things to do in Ireland

The starting point of Titanic ship and now museum.

Things to do in Ireland

The oldest pub in Belfast, in my opinion the most interesting place in Belfast

Things to do in Ireland

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