I was so thrilled to visit Ireland and see my Aunt, Cousin and her husband, and niece. They live in Dublin temporarily, so I went over! The first day I was there, was so jet lagged so I didn’t take any photos. We walked around Dublin and enjoyed a pub and then dinner. The next morning, we took a tour bus to Northern Ireland where we would stop in Belfast for a taxicab tour, where we would learn about the history of the invasion of the British, and the current segregation of the city. Northern Ireland is still a British colony, uses sterling pounds. The republic of Ireland is it’s own, and uses Euros. I won’t get too wordy, because everyone needs to experience this in person. So let’s begin.

Belfast Ireland

This is the gate that closes every night to separate the British Protestant and Irish Catholic neighborhoods.

Belfast Ireland

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Belfast wall

Still just a little animosity between the two in the name of religion….errr…..I mean, politics.

Belfast

And this is the Irish side.

Belfast

The next leg of the journey, we went to the coast, for some of the finest Northern Ireland scenery. Specifically the giant’s causeway. This is probably the most amazing view I’ve ever seen. I had my trusty Fujifilm XT-1 and 23mm 1.4, and 56mm 1.2 lenses, traveled light. We got to hike up the trails on the cliffs, those hills were amazing….also the volcano rock by the ocean, was like center Earth. Sheep that got down by the sea would need to be carried back up those steep hills in the days before the handmade stairs up the cliffs.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

 

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Next stop, the rope bridge! Eek me no like heights.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

And I think what we’re seeing across the sea is Scotland!

Northern Ireland

Tour provided by Wild Rover Tours, I highly recommend them. Good history and great stops. Stay tuned for street photography in Dublin!