Friday, 8 April 2016

Ireland

We crossed the Irish Sea to Belfast after three nights in Scotland. I hadn't been to Ireland for at least 15 years and it was the first visit for Hannah and Henry.

My outfit is another warm woolly jumper. It was quite blustery and we did get some heavy showers so warm clothes were essential. This jumper was a charity shop purchase a while ago and no doubt cost me about £3.50. I have not worn it that much but I do like the vibrant pattern. Maybe I should have worn green when in Ireland but I do not have any green jumpers!
In Belfast we went on a Titanic trail as Hannah has been studying the story of the ship at school. This is the original memorial to Belfast residents outside City Hall who lost their lives in 1912.
This memorial was added nearby to commemorate the centenary and contains the names of all those who perished. It was very moving looking at all the names.
We then visited the Titanic Experience - a state of the art museum dedicated to the Titanic built in the shape of the bows of the ship - adjacent to the dry dock which was used to construct the ship. It is on four floors with interactive displays and traces the story of the ship from construction to diving on the wreck. We spent about three hours in the museum - it was so fascinating! You could even feel the heat of the furnaces when going through the story of the ship building with the noise of hammering. There were cheering crowds during the launch and the disaster was tastefully portrayed with recordings of the survivors telling of their experiences.
The marker posts show the postion of the dry dock where the Titanic was built.
The launch of the ship - just like we were there!
 
 
A cabin with films of two passengers which gave the impression they were actually there - bringing the display to life!
After we left Belfast we took a coastal route south towards Dublin. The gorse bushes were just starting to flower giving a yellow glow.
 
The centre of Dublin was closed to traffic on Easter Sunday for large scale celebrations so we visited this castle at Malahide instead. It is in the process of being restored and is set in many acres of public grounds.
 
We caught the ferry from Dublin back to England bringing our adventures to an end.
 
I hope that you were not too bored looking at our photos!
 

19 comments:

  1. It sounds like a really interesting experience, the Titanic exhibition. Would have been great for your daughter too after learning about it at school.

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    1. Yes Mica - it was great - the story of the ship was told with the latest technology - very interactive - the children loved it!

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  2. This sounds really cool! Also I love your sweater. Great colours!

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    1. Thank you Aleczandra - we really enjoyed ourselves!

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  3. How amazing! My mom went to Ireland earlier this year, it seems like an amazing place!
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    1. Yes Darcy - it is well worth a visit!

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  4. These are gorgeous photos! Thank for sharing!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

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  5. Love that cool orange and blue sweater!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday and have a fab weekend!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  6. We visited Ireland for a month a few years back. Loved it. Especially the link to my Irish ancestors who emigrated to Canada in 1819. Felt a real connection to the land and the people when we were there.
    Stopping by from Rachel's link-up.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed your visit as well, Susan

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  7. I love seeing the travel photos along with the style!

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  8. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

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  9. Oh how awesome to see the Titanic experience!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  10. Rebecca, how awesome you are visiting Ireland and Scotland. I have heard great things and hope to visit them both one day! Such a pretty and colorful top, too. =)

    Don't forget to join my linkup every Thursday. The new linkup is currently live. This outfit is too good not to be shared. Thanks, Ada. =)

    http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2016/04/thursday-moda-8-and-festival-inspired.html

    Have a great Monday! =)

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  11. I truly enjoyed reading about your trip and seeing your photos. Your sweater is just gorgeous with its rich colors and abstract print!

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