April 23rd, 2013

by Illsaysheis

Galloping Through Ireland! A Walking Tour Of Belfast

Pictures! I took lots of pictures while I was in Ireland. I'm only showing a selection of them here, because otherwise you'd all start to hate me after a while. But I really like these ones.

I started off the trip in Belfast, because that was where the conference was. I arrived in Belfast around 10 in the morning, having landed in Dublin at 5:15 and taken a train. I had some Pony Family Business to take care of right when I got to Belfast, but I arrived down in the University Quarter at 1:00, ready for the conference festivities to begin. The first thing they did was organize a walking tour of the city. It turned out to be a pretty political tour, although I suppose that was inevitable, given that the Titanic Quarter wasn't really within convenient walking distance of the conference.

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    Botanic Garden
by Illsaysheis

Galloping Through Ireland! Town And Gown.

The conference was at the lovely Queen's University Belfast. Here's an amusing thing to know about Belfast: The city has this amazing obsession with Queen Victoria. Almost every third item in the city is named after her. There's Queens University, Great Victoria Street, Queens Road, Victoria Park, Victoria Street, Victoria Road, Victoria College, even the Victoria Square Shopping Centre. All of this for a woman who spent a grand total of three hours of her life in the city.

But part of her legacy was Queens University . . .
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    Pipe and drums!
by Illsaysheis

Galloping Through Ireland! The Irish Tropics.

One last post about Belfast. Right next door to the University, so close that you can easily . . . er, get lost on your way to the vitally important and massively interesting conference business meeting, is the Botanic Garden. As one of the few attractions in the whole country that opens before 10 AM, it was clearly top on my list of Things To See.

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    Traveling On