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Fun Photo Friday — Belfast Favorites 2

Life Aboard the Hop-on/Hop-off

Today’s Fun Photo Friday Favorites of Belfast:


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Saying ‘Goodbye’ to Belfast; Returning to Dublin for dinner

Belfast Psychedelic Taxi

Another tour destination on our Hop-on/Hop-off tour of Belfast was the Titanic Museum:

Titanic Museum

Time was running low however, so we did not disembark for entrance into the museum. I did manage to snag a shot of one of a nearby display, HMS Caroline (1914):

Museum ship HMS Caroline

Of course, no visit to Belfast is quite complete without a journey to the historic Belfast Harland and Wolff Shipyard. Harland and Wolff began building ships in 1861, and is most famous for constructing ships for the White Star Line, including RMS Titanic, Olympic, and Britannic.

Harland and Wolff Shipyard
Harland and Wolff Shipyard

The hour grew late, and we had to catch a bus back to Dublin before we got stranded. So, back to Dublin it was for Ursula and me. Here we have the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin:

Samuel Beckett Bridge

This bridge is noted for an appearance reminiscent of a harp lying on its side; the harp being a national symbol of Ireland.

The Samuel Beckett “Harp”

The sun was setting, giving Dublin a nice, warm glow that I took advantage of:

Golden Hues of Sunset in Dublin
Golden Hues of Sunset in Dublin

Finally, after a long day, it was time for dinner at a place we went back repeatedly during our stay in Dublin. That would be Quays Irish Restaurant. But today I was feeling more inclined toward some American fare, so I went with the chicken wings and a Smithwick’s Red Irish Ale:

Smithwick’s Red Irish Ale

Ursula opted to stay local with steamed mussels and a bowl of chowder:

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Northern Ireland — Belfast Architecture

Montague Burton Buildings

Today we’ll just sit back and watch the architecture go by while we sit atop that Hop-on/Hop-off, beginning with the image above of the 1929 Montague Burton Buildings on High Street and Corn Market. This structure currently houses a Dunnes Stores, but also once hosted a Woolworth’s:

Woolworth’s relief on the Montague Burton Buildings

Just northeast of Montague Burton is the Albert Memorial Clock at Queen’s Square and Victoria Street which you can see in the distance as we head toward it on High Street:

High Street looking toward Albert Memorial Clock

Now let’s get a closer look at the Albert Memorial Clock, which was completed in 1869:

Albert Memorial Clock at Queen’s Square

One of the places we visited this day aboard our Hop-on/Hop-off was Northern Ireland’s Parliament Buildings. These structures are located east of Belfast on the Stormont Estate:

Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate
Parliament Building

Now let’s head back to Belfast City Hall for a glimpse at the Titanic Memorial:

Titanic Memorial at Belfast City Hall

Other structures displayed in today’s article I’ve described before. But today I’m going to show them in compositions different from past depictions:

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