Head north fayre maidens
Last day before our return and the weather is sunny and bright! This is an unstructured day so decisions were being made around the breakfast tables as to what to do. I heard a lot of people saying shopping! Some were going to the Kilmainhaim Gaol (jail). We decided to take the train to Belfast and see the Titanic museum. Getting there on train is dead easy from this hotel. The Clydecourt is located in the tony section of Ballsbridge and the train station (Lansdowne) is a mere 5 minute walk. The cost here is the same as Calgary for a ride and we only are five stops from Connolly Station where you transfer for the North train. I was able to book last night and reserve our seats - thankfully we got the seats that faced in the same direction of our travels, both ways!
We had many plans on this free day of what we wanted to see, but not working with an experienced person we had over estimated what we could actually achieve. We had wanted to go to the Titanic Museum, take a black cab to the "peace wall" and see some of the street art and go to lunch. Originally we even had thought about getting to the Giants causeway as well, but Paddy Ryan basically laughed and said not by train you won't. 😂
So Titanic museum was the first stop. Getting off the train, we were approached by a fella offering to take us around in his cab. So I engaged him in some conversation regarding pricing and said I'll get back to him. We asked a train station person how to take the train to the Titanic quarter, again only one stop from Belfast Central station, when the fella came back to start regaling us with the times he was available and that he had a doctors appointment to see a specialist, blah blah blah. The train station person came back over and gave the fella the "fak off" stance and then he was gone. Charlatan? Who knows, but we took the train instead.
The dockyards/lands in Belfast are massive and there is some reclamation taking place. Mind you this reclamation could have started back in the Celtic Tiger years and has laid fallow since. The museum itself is gorgeous from the exterior and the inside is brilliant as well. They even have a gondola ride, a la Disney, inside to walk you thru the ship building process. The ides of the museum is to give some history as to the magnitude H&W and the Whitestar lines had on the city of Belfast. I just didn't realize its economic importance to Ireland and full impact it had on migration to North America. Www.titanicbelfast.com an unguided tour of the museum an easily take over 2 hours, we cut our visit short to 1.5 hours due to time restrictions.
We take a taxi from the museum for lunch at a place walking distance close to the train station. At 2 pm we go to Tedfords right on Lagan river by the Memorial statue and we are the only people in the place. I guess we missed the lunch rush. 3 course lunch for 20£ and it was stunning. It was nice to able to walk back before the 2 hr trip into Dublin.
Our last night together is at the Ha'penny comedy club, some of the comedians were awesome. The students brought white shirts for signing and the MC Connor had great fun laughing at us. Was a fun time and I think the rest of the gang will be raising us with Guinness "jokes" on the plane home. Thanks everyone, 'twas a fun trip!!