Friday, March 21, 2014

Dream Vacation - Day 7

Today is Robert's 30th Birthday... so happy that I'm able to celebrate it with him here in Ireland.

Woke up to a full Irish Breakfast being made for us.. courtesy of Thomas' mother Caroline. This was my first experience with a traditional Irish Breakfast and I have to say it's alot of food and if I ate like this every morning I'd be over 300lbs. But with that said it was so good and I did eat almost everything on my plate.

As we were packing up Thomas realized that he lost his Vlog camera. It's the camera he's been using to do daily video blogs. He thinks he left it at the restaurant last night but they aren't open this early so his parents are going to check for him later.

We continued our journey of Northern Ireland to the city of Derry, officially Londonderry, it's the second-largest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-largest city on the island of Ireland. The name Derry is an anglicisation of the Irish name Daire or Doire meaning "oak grove". In 1613, the city was granted a Royal Charter by King James I and the "London" prefix was added, changing the name of the city to Londonderry. While the city is more usually known as Derry, Londonderry is also commonly used and remains the legal name.

This was one of my favorite cities in Ireland to visit, as there is so much history surrounding it and alot of it is still standing. This is a "walled" city, or it once was a walled city as the city has grown so much that most of it is now outside the walls, but the inner city and walls still stand. You can actually walk around to the top of the wall, which we did. It's about a mile in length. Along the walkway there are cannons and various other defensive devices. There are also a lot of cool plaques explaining the history of the on going battles between the Protestants and Catholics.

While we were driving up to Derry Thomas' parents called and informed him that they did find his camera at the restaurant and because they are awesome they drove the hour long drive north to drop it off to him in Derry.

So when we finished our walk around the wall, they arrived in Derry and met up with us. After we got his camera we went over to the Peace Bridge. It's a very cool looking bridge that spans the River Foyle.

We left Derry and was heading to the Giant Causeway when it started to rain/pour. Along the way we came across another castle ruin that we just had to check out, Castle Dunluce. I really like things like this.. we had no plans to stop by this castle but I'm so glad we did as it's was one of my favorites ruins. It was on the cliff side but you were able to walk down to the beach and check it out from below. The rain did let up just enough time for us to take some pics but did start to heavily rain which cut our visit short.

Back in the car we made our way to the Giant Causeway but it was still was raining cats and dogs. So we opted to go to a local restaurant to grab some lunch and hope that the rain would subside. It was a nice lunch but the rain was still coming down so we opted to not go see the Giant Causeway. It was disappointing as this was one of the things on my "must see" list. But it was raining so bad that we would have gotten soaked.

Our next stop was a beach cove area where they shoot Game of Thrones. I don't watch the show but we have alot of friends who do so we grabbed a few pictures to share with them.

The next planned stop was Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. It was still raining but not as bad as it was at the Causeway and I wasn't going to do it at first but both Thomas and Robert planned to do it and kind of talked me into it and I'm glad they did. The rain actually stopped while we walked over to and across the bridge. You could see lots of beautiful coastline from across the bridge. Once on our way back the rain started to fall and it's a long walk from the bridge back to the parking area. It was a slow and steady trudge through the down pour. By the time we got back to the car I was drenched but it was well worth it.

We got back to Belfast and to Thomas' house and unloaded everything and rested for a bit before heading out to go pick up some food for dinner as well as Robert needing to pick up some clothes for this travels to England.

Back at Thomas' I made spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread in celebration of Robert's 30th's birthday today. We also got him a birthday cake.

While we ate dinner and cake we watched Buffy's Once More With Feeling to end our night.

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