S: Belfast, July 2011
BC: Love Always, Madeline & Mike
FC: Our Family's Adventures in Ireland
2: Atlanta to Dublin Dublin to Belfast | and riding the train. | Day 1 Spent flying across the pond
3: Day 2 Exploring Belfast with a walk from the hotel to City Hall. | Stopped in front of Ulster Hall to check out some neat lamp posts.
4: Part of the Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour. The Parliament Buildings in Stormont. | Samson and Goliath Huge cranes used at the docks.
5: Mural depicting "the troubles" | Mural from the Peace Wall | Sights around Belfast. | Peace Wall Mural | Mailbox
6: Weather Vane | Mural along the way | More Sights from Belfast | Wall mural from "the troubles" | The Crown Bar - so neat inside
7: Victoria Square Observation Platform | Yes, the Albert Clock really does lean.
8: Sightseeing is pretty thirsty business. After seeing City Hall.... | We had some pints at Katy Daly's.
9: Day 3 - Graduation Day Wednesday, July 6, 2011
10: Three generations of the Evans Family are represented here: Dad, Nina & Madeline, and Madeline Emma.
11: The Queen's University of Belfast Graduation Day July 6, 2011 Dr. Elizabeth Scarborough and Dr. David Falls
13: The Whitefield family waiting for the festivities to begin. | Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil seem to be having some fun.
14: More pictures of The Queen's University of Belfast. | This is a good looking family.
15: Making sure that everything is in place and stays in place.
16: David, Nina and Elizabeth | Proud Poppa | Beautiful ladies | Proud Momma
19: David, Stephen and Elizabeth after the graduation ceremony.
20: Strawberries and Cream at the Garden Party in the Quadrangle.
22: Day 4 Our tour took us through the Glens of Antrim on our way to the Giant's Causeway. | Carrickfergus Castle where William of Orange landed and changed Irish history for ever.
23: The tide is about 12 foot - right now it's out. | Halt or I'll shoot. | William of Orange | Carrickfergus Castle
24: Carnlough Heading out to the Irish Sea | This is a small fishing village with a beautiful limestone harbor.
25: These pictures say it all. Too bad we didn't have enough time to sample a "wee dram".
26: Dunluce Castle is sited dramatically close to the edge of a headland along the North Antrim coast. | It is surrounded by beautiful coastal scenery.
27: Heading down the path to the Giant's Causeway. For once, fact may be cooler than fiction. | Hmmmm - why does she have an umbrella in her bag? Does she know something we don't?
28: The Organ at the Giant's Causeway
29: About 60 million years ago volcanic eruptions occurred followed by lava cooling to form a hard rock called basalt. When able to cool slowly & evenly, this type of lava forms columns with regular sides. Or you might like the myth......
30: The giant was Finn MacCool | the Scottish giant, Benandonner. | The Legend of the Giant's Causeway | and he wanted to fight | They had never met, so Finn
31: built enormous stepping stones across the sea so the Scottish giant could accept the challenge. When Finn saw how huge Benandonner was, he ran home and asked his wife to hide him. She dressed him as a baby and placed him in a cradle. When Benandonner saw the size of the "infant", he was sure that Finn must be gigantic indeed. Benandonner fled home in terror, ripping up the Causeway in case he was followed.
32: There are similar columns at Fingal's Cave on the Scottish island of Staffa - the two surviving ends of the Causeway buiilt by Finn MacCool.
33: The Giant's Causeway
35: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Not for the faint of heart!
36: Nina and Phil crossing the rope bridge. | Do we really have to go back over the way we came?
38: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope suspension bridge near Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island. The site, owned and maintained by the National Trust, spans twenty meters and is thirty meters above the rocks below.
39: View from island to the mainland. | Looking down at the water below the bridge. Just a bit scary!
40: Best Trip with the Best Family! | Northern Ireland
41: Now that we walked the walk, we can talk the talk.