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Belfast

A leisurely morning, packing up and leaving our Portballintrae home around 11am...I had gotten up earlier in the hope of going for a walk, but it was a bit wet AGAIN! Drove just over an hour, dropped our bags at our Belfast home, and headed to the Titanic Museum. This was fantastic...started with a history of Belfast in general, then how the Titanic was built, with lots of information about the workers and the conditions they worked in, through to the launch, and stories of the backgrounds of many of the passengers. Then of course, hitting the iceberg, the following enquiries, and accounts from survivors. All very well done.
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We drove to the city centre in search of another chemist for Jo...ended up parking too far away, so Janae and I went walking...what a cool vibe in the pedestrian area. Could easily have been very distracted, but kept reminding ourselves that we were on a mission! Success of sorts at the second chemist...wipes rather than a spray, but hopefully they'll be more effective than just using water to remove the tape!

Saturday night, and the reason we stopped off in Belfast...Donna Taggart's concert in Ulster Hall. I was so excited when I saw she was doing a UK tour while we were here, and the fact that it was at Ulster Hall made this the concert to aim for. We headed into town early to have dinner nearby before the show...alas, there were a whole lot of other people with the same idea. There was another concert on tonight that had 9,000 people going, so there were a lot of people about! No room for us at the first 5 restaurants we tried, but then found a fantastic one (The Allotment) and had a lovely meal.
The concert was just superb...the Ulster Hall was beautiful, and the sound excellent...as a bonus, Donna was presented with a double platinum award for her lovely song, Jealous of athe Angels. We were even groupies afterwards, and had a chat and a photo...she was amazed that we had come from NZ to see her!
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Belfast has certainly changed since my brief visit in the early 90's, during "The Troubles"...back then, there were checkpoints everywhere and a very strong police/military presence. Seems less now than everywhere else we've been! Kind of wishing we'd had longer here now, there's such a neat vibe to the place, but will definitely be back!

Posted by MaryMcKeowen 13:32

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