Following dreams to Belfast

Albert Memorial Clock
It was ever since Titanic museum was opened in 2012 that Belfast made it to my list of destinations I certainly wanted to visit. I guess it kinda skipped my mind ever since, until the start of the year, when friend suggested to visit this town for her birthday celebration.

So about a week later I was once again stepping my feet on the Irish soil. But, not very surprisingly for me, at the wrong airport. If people were laughing at me when I said I almost went to the wrong airport when leaving Bucharest, because they ''only have one airport'', who would expect that a small town of 300.000 people have two. And I just happened to land at the more far away one.
Despite my sleep deprivation, I managed to successfully figur out how to get to the city, and was soon reunited with my friends for a well deserved breakfast.

After eating ourselves back to life, and braving up with few shots of tequila, we were all excited and ready to explore the town. The most efficient and comfortable way to do so was granting ourselves a ride on a touristic bus, that takes you pass all the main attractions in the center and also those a bit further out. So we were able to enjoy stories while seeing the most important historical landmarks, different neighbourhoods and even an amazing view over the city from the parliament hill.

The majestic town hall
One big change we've noticed pretty soon was that 9°C in the city by the sea, where wind is coming in from all the sides certainly doesn't feel as 9°C in the heart of London, so a bit frozen we finished with our tour and got ourselves a nice dinner in Italian restaurant, enriched with a fantastic plate of garlic bread as compliments from the chef (good connections get you places (or at least get you food)).

While trying to orient around the tiny streets of old town, we also crossed our way with  ''Wee toast tours'', funny pedaling 'chariot', where all of us were sited around the bar and we made it go around at our own phase, while the fun music was playing. Good atmosphere made us forget about the cold, and all in the mood, we continued our night by exploring some of the clubs around the center.

Wee tours ''van''


One of the places that caught a lot of our attention during the bus exploration was an old jail at Crumlin road, now turned into a museum. About an hour long tour will take you trough different parts, from underground tunnel that's connected to abandoned court house at the other side of the road; trough offices, different sectors, backyard and perhaps most powerful: execution room, with original hanging ropes, that will surely give you some chills.

Backyard of Crumlin road gaol 

Burdened with all the heavy stories, we decided to cheer ourselves up by visiting C. S. Lewis square, mostly to see statue of Aslan. Place is definitely amazing and magical, with all the different figures from Narnia being hidden between the bushes, but the severe cold wind didn't let us stay outside for to long, and soon we were finding ourselves in the cosy ride back to our hostel, as my friends were leaving soon.
Aslan

Left alone for my last day, it was finally time to fulfill my years long dreams, and first thing in the morning, I found myself in front of Titanic museum. Futuristically designed building of the same height as original Olympic class cruisers, offers an incredible interactive tour inside. You're taken on a journey from development of town, their shipbuilding history, the whole story of White Star Line and it's Olympic class, trough the details of designing Titanic (and it's sisters), her tragic journey and later explorations to find the remains of the lost ship. One of the more unexpected parts is surely cable car ride trough the workers day.


But an absolute cherry on the top was visit of the SS Nomadic. Now stationed in a dry dock, the last remaining White Star Liner holds a great history. Referred to also as Titanic's little sister, it's main job was taking 1st and 2nd class passengers from the dock to the greater ships.


And it was exactly on this boat that Astors started their journey from Cherbourg to Titanic. Once thrown this historical fact at you as such, you truly get a trill, realising you're walking in the footsteps of history. I guess that my 8 year old inner child was definitely screaming inside.









   

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  1. I would like to visit that city! :)

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  2. I'd love to visit Belfast! It looks like a beautiful city, maybe a bit chilly though!
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  4. Oh wow , how beautiful is this place and I love the video too. Belfast is amazing.
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  5. Thanks a lot :D

    super interesting post my dear

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  6. Sounds great! I'd love to visit Belfast!!!
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  7. Very cool. I have always wanted to go to Belfast. Loved your video.

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  8. I like the town hall most of all 😍
    maybe not as the building itself but because of the photo-beautiful 😍
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  9. I've always wanted to visit, it's such a lovely city xx

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  10. I've never been to Belfast but wow it looks amazing xx

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  11. This looks like a fantastic place i would love to visit someday...

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  12. On my must-visits list! Love the recap dear :)

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  13. The photos looks magical . Great post.

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  14. Lovely place.
    Love your video.
    And your coat is so chic.

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  15. I'm glad you met your friends after being in the wrong airport! it looks like you had such a fun time in Belfast! :)

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  16. How amazing a square that has the statue of Aslan!
    What a dream! I love the story of The Chronicles of Narnia.

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  17. Wrong airport....sounds like something I'd do - LOL! There's so much to do in Belfast besides just getting the local color! That statue of Aslan is fabulous and the Titanic museum - who wouldn't want to visit that? Thanks so much for sharing this trip with us!

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  18. What a fabulous trip. I love that you had such a great time and the weather was nice!
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  19. Belfast sounds amazing, and your photos are stunning !!


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  20. That sounds like such an interesting museum to go to! Your trip sound like a lot of fun!

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  21. Thanks a lot :D

    cool post my friend

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  22. Then for sure I would also have managed it to go to the wrong airport! I have never been to Belfast but now I want to visit it! Thanks for sharing!
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  23. I always wanted to visit Belfast. Amazing city and it sounds that you had great time there.

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  24. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

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  25. Wow it sounds like you had the most amazing time! Thanks for sharing all the photos, I've always wanted to visit Belfast!
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  26. Ah so many beautiful places to visit, but little money to do that with. Lol!! I've visited Belfast before, but that was over eight years ago.

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  27. thank you for sharing beautiful photos.
    have a great day

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