A new country
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After leaving Drogheda, we headed north toward Derry, our destination for the day. On the way, we made a stop at a rather random cemetary. This, however, turned out to be a really neat place! The graves were hundreds of years old and there were celtic crosses that dated back over 1000 years. There were also monk towers designed to keep the monks safe from invaders. The particular tower in the pictures was never conquered!
After the cemetary we took a drive along the strait that separates Ireland and Scotland. The scenery was breathtaking! We actually pulled into Derry at about 4PM, and the streets were completely empty. No cars, no people...like a ghost town. It was explained to us that, because of the animosity between the Catholics and the Prodestants in the area, people went straight home after work and stayed indoors.
We checked into our hostel and then went for a walking tour around the city with our guide. Derry is one of the few completely walled in cities remaining in the world, although the town has outgrown it's old shell and now spills down the hillside. Our tour took us past some murals on the side of buildings telling of some of the bloodshed that had happened here in years past. We could see in the distance a rather large cemetary where some of those people now lie. We then took a walk on the wall itself, offering great views of the city. We then saw the Catholic section of the city...it was a completely walled in community, with incredibly high fences and an aura that screamed "Keep Out".
After the tour ended, a group of us got some British Pounds and went to the supermarket to buy dinner (budget minded, remember?). We all took whatever we bought back to the hostel and cooked it up learning about each other and sharing experiences and stories. When dinner was over, we headed out into the town to find a place to hang out for the evening. Once we had found a popular local pub, we settled in for the evening and chatted amongst ourselves. It was the perfect way to end the day!
In the morning we set out for the Giant's Causeway and Belfast. Along the way to Giant's Causeway we passed the ruins of Dunluce Castle, right on the coast. It must have been amazing in it's prime, but it still looks neat! Check out the pics!