Winging It, Again
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Without having a properly thought out plan I was having to make it up as we went along,when the kids asked what we were going to do. Had drawn inspiration from doing the bus tour, and I had been facinated by the C.S.Lewis association. First though we had to check out of the hotel, but we were able to store the bag there,which was at least something.
Walked down through the town to the High Court,along to Thanksgiving Square and over the bridge here, more or less retracing the route the tour bus had come down. As you cross the bridge there is a metal sculpture here officially knwn as the Beacon Of Hope, but referred to locally as the Doll On The Ball,The Thing With The Ring or Nuala With The Hula :D
After a short walk over the bridge there is an area of vacant ground, that had been earmarked for a car park, I think, but when they started digging they discovered the remains of a 17th century settlement and work was stopped and it is now an archaeological site.
Walked further up holywod Road and decided if we carried on much further we were going to end up at Stormont or the airport, so were going to get a bus back into town.
Walked back down to the riverside and along the Laganside walkway. I was wanting to go to St geaorges market, the first covered market in Ireland, but kept getting distracted,as is my won't .
came back over the river at the Albert Bridge again, and my daughter was using the maps on her iPhone using current location and it had us in the middle of the river, but no bridge, as this footbridge is attached to the railway, so it just looked like we were walking on water :D. Found St Georges Market, but it is only open on a Friday and Saturday, so there was little to see.
though twe might try and find a few bits of the city centre we hadn't seen and went down and away from City Hall, and into a small side street, that then opened out into a square and there was a church there,St Mary's Chapel, that had a grotto attached to it. Walked along a bit and saw the Divis Tower up the road and decided to head for it and walk up the Falls Road. After a bit we turned left and went down to St Peters Cathedral, but never went in, instead turning back carries on up. Came to the IRA Garden Of Rememberance and then up to the Sinn Fein offices.
There is a memorial on one of the houses there to four guys that were killed while the bomb they were making detonated prematurely killing them all. Further up came to Clonard Cathedral and went in for a look about. Up further we came to Bombay Street which is where the first houses were burnt down at the start of The Troubles and went down to the Clonard Martyrs Memorial. this backs right onto the Peace Fence, and even with the fence that high the houses next to it have extra protection at the back of them.
Went round and through the security gate in Lanark Way and turne immediately right and followed the fence down the road.
Further down there was another gate, but this time on the Shankill side was a mural painted jsut beside the gate. Cut through the park in Dover Street and back up onto the main road, as it was about time we were collecting our bag. Arrived back at the hotel just after 4-30 and sat for a few minutes as there was a queue at reception before getting our stuff and ordering a taxi to take us to the airport.