May 5, 2008
My first trip to Belfast was a day trip from Dublin by one of the tour buses. It was only 2 hours ride to Belfast. No immigration stop at the border. In Belfast, we walked around the city center and did the Black taxi tour, which took us to some of the must-see places in the city such as the Peace Line Walls and Shankill area. Perhaps, it was a good way to experience Belfast with a limited time, but not enough to really experience the town. For those that want to see Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland an option is to take the Dublin to Belfast train tour that leaves from Dublin to Belfast then on to Giants Causeway. (more…)
February 13, 2008
Whites Tavern is know as the oldest tavern in Belfast. The sign suggests that it was built in 1630. Outside the building has a simple and modern feel, but inside, the ceiling, the walls, the furnitures, everything tells the history of the place. I went there because it was listed as one of the “must-visit” pubs and bars in Belfast. The Guinness and apple cider were pretty good. While we were drinking and chatting, local musicians gathered up and started to play traditional Irish music at one of the tables in a corner. The best part was a peat (turf) burning fire place. It smells really nice. (more…)
February 13, 2008
Peace Lines (peace walls) of West Belfast are barriers separating Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods in the area. I took this photo when I visited there during the black taxi tour of Belfast. I leaned that Derry and other towns in Northern Ireland have similar peace lines, too.
There are more than 20 Peace Lines in Belfast, and many of them extend for miles. The wall was built to minimize the violence between the neighborhoods, and it also has gates, where military security guards used be posted. Now, the gates are left opened, but (more…)