Belfast

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View from the bus.
The bus from Dublin to Belfast was right outside the airport terminal.  It leaves on the hour every hour.  It cost me € 12.50 for a one way ticket.   The ride was comfy and only a hand full of people on board. There were a couple of short stops to pick up and drop off along the way.  I enjoyed the Irish countryside as I watched the rolling green pastures, a lot of sheep and old stone structures go past.  

I made it in to Belfast just before 10:30.  I got of one bus and onto another.  Knowing that I was not going to be in the city long, I took the sight seeing tour bus.  It was a good choice.  The tour was about 50 minutes long and hit most of the great sights.  I saw the shipping yard where the Titanic was made, the City Centre, Parliament Buildings.
Albert Clock. It has a slight lean to it.
  The bus also took me through the British Protestant and the Irish Catholic neighborhoods.  The guide gave a phenomenal tour and history of the city.    Belfast has had a violent past, but it seemed to be on its way to being a peaceful city.  The main changes that were pointed out and seen on the tour were the amount of foreign investment that was being poured into the city.  There were a lot of new constructions projects everywhere.   Still, segregation between the Catholics and the Protestants could still be blatantly seen.  However, it was assured that Belfast is one of the safest cities for tourist to travel to and I did not feel otherwise.   After the tour I did a lot of walking by foot.  I stopped in a few pubs, shopped for a few gifts to bring back and had some chatty conversations with some of the locals.
The biggest dry ship yard in the world. Home of where the Titanic was made.
  The time I spent if Belfast was a wonderful experience.  I found the city to be very interesting and I would love to come back again to discover more.     

I wanted to make it back to Dublin at a decent hour and decided to take the 4:10 train back.  I would recommend taking the train back because the bus back to Dublin was packed.  Also the sights on the train were a lot better.  If you do take the train either way, sit on the East side so you can see the Irish Coast as you get close to Dublin.  That was a good tip I read from another’s blog.  The train cost me about £24.50, twice as much as the bus, but it was worth it to do something new.  The 2 hour train ride put me into the heart of Dublin at just past 6 o’clock pm.  Plenty of time to have lots of fun…
paulkernan says:
great blog, and better pics... Maith thú Mr. B. Why not join up with the new Belfast group and share impressions, thoughts and ask questions of those who pretend to know!!!
Posted on: Feb 22, 2008
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View from the bus.
View from the bus.
Albert Clock.  It has a slight lea…
Albert Clock. It has a slight le…
The biggest dry ship yard in the w…
The biggest dry ship yard in the …
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Belfast City Centre.
Belfast City Centre.
i was told that there is no anti-A…
i was told that there is no anti-…
The Parliament Buildings.  There i…
The Parliament Buildings. There …
The new Court house made of glass.…
The new Court house made of glass…
The old Court house with a 20 foot…
The old Court house with a 20 foo…
This hotel has been bombed 37 time…
This hotel has been bombed 37 tim…
View of the coast on the train bac…
View of the coast on the train ba…
Belfast
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