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Fun Photo Friday — Belfast Favorites 1

Northern Ireland’s Parliament Buildings on Stormont Estate

Today I present from Belfast Fun Photo Friday favorites, including this store, the name of which rather struck me for some strange reason that I’ve yet to figure out:

The Wicker Man

Now for a gallery of skyline shots:

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Northern Ireland — Belfast Hop-on/Hop-off Views

Great Eastern Bar

We’re on the Hop-on/Hop-off tour for today’s look at Belfast. So, let’s see the sights, beginning with “RISE“, a sculpture in west Belfast:

RISE sculpture

I always get a chill down my spine when I see commemorations of the old Soviet Union, and not in a good way. Here is the Kremlin Bar:

Kremlin Bar on Donegall Street near Union Street

Just days before we arrived in Belfast there had been a devastating fire that gutted the historic Bank Buildings. Here are the still smoldering remains:

Bank Buildings

And here is Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church on Carlisle Circle:

Carlisle Methodist Memorial Church

And just moments away is this stunning spire atop the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Donegall at Carrick Hill:

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, completed in 1877

Between these two churches is the Orange Hall (1899) on Clifton Street:

Orange Hall on Clifton Street

Now for a few more sights from our Hop-on/Hop-off that day:

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Putting “Memorial” into Memorial Day

Normandy American Cemetery, France

I have over the years and during my many travels paid respects to my fellow veterans who have fallen in service to our nation. As such I thought it appropriate today to remind people what the word “Memorial” in “Memorial Day” means by reposting images from past articles.

Gun turret No. 3, U.S.S. Arizona, Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i
National Cemetery of the Pacific “Punchbowl”, O’ahu, Hawai’i
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i
Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., Normandy, France

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