passing through Belfast

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my first sight off the highway

I took a drive-by look at Ballygalley Castle, now a hotel, and carried on through Larne into Northern Ireland’s capital city.  I first drove through a rough-looking neighborhood on the outskirts of the city to see the murals and British flags.  Approaching downtown, the metropolitan streets of Belfast proved difficult to navigate, particularly for an American accustomed to driving on the right.  I was fortunate that another driver, of whom I asked directions while stopped in traffic, was willing to lead me to Queen’s University, for I surely would have been lost trying to find it otherwise.  Unsure why it was on my itinerary, I simply took a picture of the Lanyon Building, an imposing monument of higher education, and moved on.

 

I then drove around City Hall to Great Victoria Street in search of The Crown Liquor Saloon.  Great Victoria Street is home to some other notable Belfast landmarks such as the Grand Opera House and the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church.  The door attendant at the Europa Hotel took a photo of me affront famous public house, one of the oldest pubs in Ireland (established 1849) and renowned for its restored traditional styling.  Having seen what I had come to see, I took my leave of the starkly contrasting urban jungle.  With no obvious suburbia, the city ended as suddenly as the farms resumed.
paulkernan says:
Hi guys, a Belfast boy here. Enjoyed the blog. Check out some of mine and the reviews, they might raise a smile or two for you. Paul in Donegal :o)
Posted on: Mar 07, 2008
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my first sight off the highway
my first sight off the highway
PAF & YCV are Protestants militant…
PAF & YCV are Protestants militan…
mural of 3rd Battalion Mountvernon
mural of 3rd Battalion Mountvernon
Union Jack colors in Belfast
Union Jack colors in Belfast
Lanyon Building of Queens Univers…
Lanyon Building of Queen's Univer…
Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall
Grand Opera House on Great Victori…
Grand Opera House on Great Victor…
Presbyterian Church Headquarters o…
Presbyterian Church Headquarters …
The Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast…
The Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfas…
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