"she was alright when she left here..."
14.10.2012 - 14.10.2012
Titanic time! We walk to the Titanic museum nice and early, and get plenty of silly photos while waiting for it to open (I'm sure you're all very surprised by that). The friendliness of the Irish continues, and even the self-service machine is helpful AND efficient. Wow.
The museum is really interesting and well-presented, even has a cool little ride showing how they built it and then a video tour of the inside of the Titanic. It doesn't go into too much detail about the sinking part though, just has all the mayday calls that were made and the responses from other ships. Naturally, I finish up a bit quicker than Simon and Lollop so I have time to check out the gift shop and get a hot chocolate too...
Lunch is at Muriel's, a quirky cafe with underpants hanging from the ceiling. The food is divine, the customer service faultless. And the photos in the toilets are rather unexpected!
After being fed and watered, we go off on a quest for some souvenirs featuring the phrase "she was alright when she left here" (referring, of course, to the Titanic). We also found some shirts proudly proclaiming "Titanic - built by Irishmen, sunk by an Englishman". Really subtle!
The afternoon is taken up by a black cab tour with Paul, who gives us a really informative and unbiased tour of the murals, the peace wall, the cages over backyards, and the strongly Catholic and Protestant areas of Belfast. It seems very contradictory to have such violence and animosity in a town where the people are so very friendly and welcoming. Poor Lol is not dressed for the Irish weather, and Paul can't even look at her without laughing at the way she is shivering. He says it's the first time he's laughed so much during one of his tours...
After that we take Lol to the airport and farewell her. Dinner is at McHugh's - and gets washed down with a pint of Guinness, naturally. Ah Belfast... it's been fun.