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Thu. 29 Apr. (’17). Northern Ireland. The Antrim Coast Road. Giant’s Causeway. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Brevity is soul, or something like that. I’ll do my best to limit the number of pictures but it won’t be easy. Ireland is a beautiful, beautiful country.
GoT signs are frequent in Northern Ireland. There are even small tour buses dedicated to showing them. In Carnlough we stumbled on one scene I remember:
The Giants Causeway, following, is a geological wonder. Per Wikipedia: “Around 50 to 60 million years ago, during the Paleocene Epoch, Antrim was subject to intense volcanic activity, when highly fluid molten basalt intruded through chalk beds to form an extensive lava plateau. As the lava cooled, contraction occurred. Horizontal contraction fractured in a similar way to drying mud, with the cracks propagating down as the mass cooled, leaving pillarlike structures, which are also fractured horizontally into “biscuits”.” Somehow I managed a few photos without those pesky tourists that were crawling everywhere like ants.
Dunluce Castle is yet another beautiful ruin that proliferates the countryside:
Derry, the name preferred by nationalists, officially Londonderry and the name preferred by unionists, “… is the only remaining completely intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe” per Wikipedia. Peace Walls abound also.
Per the church (pictured) sign “On this site of St. Augustine’s Church, St. Columba built his Abbey circa 543AD, and departed from Derry down the River Foyle with his supporters to the Island of Iona in 563AD.” How these early missionaries converted hardy tribal kings to Christianity is beyond me. At least they talked them into it.