Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Black Taxi Tour/Giant's Causeway, Belfast

Pictures of our Belfast tour and Giant's Causeway
These fancy black cars were used back in the day to disguise citizens as they travelled around the city, keeping them save.

From 1921 up until the the near present Belfast has been a place of turmoil. Religious distress made the city a frightening place to live. Until this day there is a wall dividing the city into two sides. One side for the Catholics, and the other side for the Protestants.  War between the two sides was devastating but has since been resolved. We noticed the catholic side was full of colorful murals inviting tourists to visit their city, while the Protestant side had photos praising the snipers and men who had killed. It was very evident that the turmoil affected the livelihood of all those living in Belfast.

Me Signing the Peace Wall. By signing this wall I am supporting the "take down the wall" initiative. Let there be peace.  There are many significant names on this wall, Justin Bieber being one of the names :)

Protestant side.

sightings of our first irish Castle

Giant's causeway

According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. The story goes that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool), from the Fenian Cycle of Gaelic mythology, was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet.

 In one version of the story, Fionn defeats Benandonner.In another, Fionn hides from Benandonner when he realises that his foe is much bigger than he. Fionn's wife, Oonagh, disguises Fionn as a baby and tucks him in a cradle. When Benandonner sees the size of the 'baby', he reckons that its father, Fionn, must be a giant among giants. He flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Fionn could not follow. Across the sea, there are identical basalt columns (a part of the same ancient lava flow) at Fingal's Cave on the Scottish isle of Staffa, and it is possible that the story was influenced by this.

**Didja know that St.Patty's Day is actually the day that was once recognized by the Catholics as it was the day that St.Patrick of Ireland died. Along with Christmas and Easter, St.Patricks was actually a very significant memorial date. St.Patrick did not drink. ... Ironic holiday isn't it?


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