At the end of February we took a trip to Northern Ireland. For those who don't know, Northern Ireland is actually a different country. It is under control of the United Kingdom, and therefore the currency is different. They use pounds as opposed to euros.
One of the most heart-wrenching stops on the trip was to the city of Belfast. This beautiful city is torn apart by the Troubles. The Peace Walls were especially saddening. I am happy that they keep the residents safe, but it sad that they are necessary.
Murals are also very common in Belfast. Most are political, discussing issues common to the Troubles. Others are different, like this tourist one.
This is a Memorial Garden. Almost every neighborhood in Belfast has one. It is to commemorate the people who have died because of the Troubles. The wall in the pictures is part of the Peace Walls separating the Protestant and Catholic communities.
Pictures of those who died on the Peace Wall.
This mural was in the Protestant side of Belfast. It is neat because it starts out black and white then slowly becomes color. It was a cool mural to see, I wish I had a panorama of it...
This is the shipyard where the Titanic was built. There are two of these big yellow cranes, they are called Samson and Goliath. In fact, they are now a historical sight and cannot be torn down, so they will be there forever. It was neat to see this location on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic.