After Ireland literally had blown me down during my first night, I drove on the next day to the Titanic's birthplace: Belfast!
It was just a short trip but it gave me some first impressions about the city's culture.
In addition I had the opportunity to spend the pounds there which I still had from my trip to Scotland in 2013 (to be honest, I found them again when I moved out from Muenster. I had no idea that I still had them...).
|Works in all weather: Sightseeing tour by bus
In this post I would like to share some interesting facts about Belfast with you. The most of them were actually new for me.
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"No matter what's the weather always bring your own sunshine" Antony J. D'Angelo
|Start from Dublin at O'Connell Street
But I don't want to complain. Ireland is not famous for its great weather and should I know that pretty well...
Ok, let's start the trip!
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So close and so far
The people I talked to told me all the same: "Belfast is more easy going than Dublin is! You have to come to here!". How could I reject such a nice invitation?
And again it proved how chatty the Irish people are. Good for me!
They also express themselves by their famous murals.
Mural of Bobby Sands. He was the leader of the 1981 hunger strike in prison and member of
He and 9 other prisoners starved themselves to dead during the strike. He died after 66 days.
By the way: The movie "Hunger" is based on his story and played by great and also handsome :-) Michael Fassbender.
|One more mural which reminds about the troubles
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Best from Belfast - »the beautiful boy with the beautiful game«I think a lot of people know the following quotation but not only who said that:
»I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered«
Well, it actually came from George Best a former football player who was born in Belfast. He was rejected from his local club Glentoran when he was young: »Well son, you're too skinny...«.
Probably they still regret their decision. George Best signed after this at Manchester United and became one of the first celebrity football players.
|Still in their hearts: George Best
His last message was: »Don't die like me.«.
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What about the Titanic?
Titanic Belfast -
From above it looks like a huge white star and should remind about the White Star Line
which was the owner of the Titanic
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How to hide a Parliament Building? Of course by painting!
|The Parliament Building - neither paint nor smell anymore...
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A bit smarter than before
Ah... I forget to mention it's also true the Belfaster are more easy going than the Dubliners.