walking the city wall of Derry (officially Londonderry), Northern Ireland
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The Cross of Saint George waved from the lampposts leading into Derry. The name of the town was actually changed to Londonderry back in 1613 during the Plantation of Ulster, but the Irish and most Northern Irish, particularly nationalists who resent the insertion of the “London” prefix and what it represents, will strictly use the original name of “Derry” when speaking of the town. Maps, however, use the long form.
I parked by the city wall (erected in 1618) and found an “(i),” the trusted marking of an official Tourist Information Office. The woman working in the info centre was very knowledgeable about the history of “The Troubles” and was more than willing to answer all of my questions, inevitably giving me a half-hour history lesson. Armed with this new appreciation for the struggles this city has faced and remaining political unrest, I walked the length of the wall. On one section of the wall, I found a row of cannons aimed ominously toward the Guildhall. On the street below, I could British colors again on the curbs, and building side murals illustrating the ongoing strife.