Thursday, February 23, 2012

9 flights; 9 trains; 6 buses. part 5.

our flight leaving krakow was delayed two hours which pretty much sucked. we ended up getting in around 7 p.m., caught a bus to our hotel, changed into different clothes, and headed out for the night. 

we spent the night at the crown bar, a pretty famous pub in northern ireland. the exterior and interior of the building is covered in mosaic tiles and is lit by gas lamps. the coolest part of the pub? its booths. technically called snugs, these cozy and carved out booths are for customers who wish to be a bit more secluded from the rest of the bar. they include an antique bell inside as a way to alert waiters for your food/drink needs. 

we ate delicious pub food - i had my first ever beef and guinness pie, YUM! - and drank with the locals. we couldn't get enough of those irish accents. swoon.

the snugs!
beef and guinness pie - mmmmm.

since we had less than 24 hours to spend in the city we decided to do a hop-on hop-off bus tour the next day. i'm usually not one for this type of sightseeing but we thought it would be the most convenient for us. and it was! our tour guide was awesome. he was very knowledgeable and informative, especially involving the past and current political and religious conflicts, also known as 'the troubles' (sporadic violence has been ongoing since the agreement). the tour took us all over the city and we got to see a lot of the murals (there are around 2,000 all over the city), which depict the region's past and present political and religious divisions. the murals tend to represent one side's political point of view, or to commemorate an event or person(s) involved during the 'troubles'. we also saw the peace walls that were built to divide the protestants from the catholics. looking back, this trip was an incredible learning experience. 

as soon as we got on the bus, it started to rain. we couldn't have been happier with our bus tour decision. the rain only lasted about an hour, so we were able to enjoy the outdoors for the rest of the day. oh boy, and once that weather cleared, we got to see the most AMAZING landscapes!

one of the peace walls

on the bus!

sun starting to come out - look at that backdrop!

where the titanic was built!
stormont castle

from belfast we flew back to harrogate , where we spent our last two days in europe. i was thinking about doing one more post about our last few days in harrogate but remembered that i already posted a video about our friday night there, soooo i will leave you with that. 

it was fun.

if you missed the other parts of the trip, you can go here:
{part 2: seville, spain}
{part 4: krakow, poland}


i hope you all enjoyed my trip recap. i had so much fun looking back through my pictures! if you are planning a trip to any of these cities, feel free to email me at i'm happy to give you more information on restaurants we ate at, hotels we stayed at, and landmarks we visited. 



Holly said...

Waaaah I'm sad your trip is over now, I was enjoying all of your travel posts!!

whitney said...

im pretty jealous of your adventures.

i love that bus picture.

and i think it would be pretty awesome to see where the titanic was built.

see you tonight. no excuses.

Barbara said...

Good thing the rain cleared for you!!
(In response to your comment - yes I'm living in Australia now :) I'm actually heading over to Poland later this year for a quick holiday! Can't wait!!)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i am loving this series! you have all your posts so well-organized...i usually get around to posting trips like a month or so after they happen.

lyndsay senerchia said...

Looks like so much fun, Erica!

Lottie said...

I loved Belfast when I went there and we went on exactly the same tour bus.

I was overwhemed by the murals and the history--really opened my eyes!

Love your photos.

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