Ireland – Belfast

– AUGUST 12, 2015

We have started heading south in Northern Ireland to arrive at Belfast.  One of the more recent identifying art pieces in Belfast is the public art spherical metal sculpture named Rise (also unofficially known as the Balls of the Falls, Belfast Ball, Westicle and Broadway Junction Art Piece).  Constructed in 2011, it is 37.5 metres high and 30 metres wide.  It is located in the center of the Broadway roundabout, which is a main gateway to the city.  Rise is visible for miles around the city as it is the largest public art sculpture in Belfast.

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Rise (also unofficially known as the Balls of the Falls, Belfast Ball, Westicle and Broadway Junction Art Piece)

The oldest pub in Ireland, named the Crown Liquor Saloon, is a place where Jill went with her mom & sister a few years back.  We decided to repeat history and have lunch there on this trip.

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The Crown Liquor Saloon

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The Crown Liquor Saloon – doors enclose little booths so you can eat and drink in some privacy.

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The Crown Liquor Saloon – here is the view from our booth, which was the exact same booth Jill and her Mom & Sister ate a few years back.

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The Crown Liquor Saloon

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The Crown Liquor Saloon – Here is our little intimate booth.

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The Crown Liquor Saloon – A Steak & Guinness pie for me, a veggie pie for Jill, and of course some Guinness.

The Titanic was built in Belfast, so they of course built a museum here to commemorate it.  This is a very interesting building design with some innovative use of curtain wall.

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast

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Titanic Belfast – a robot exhibit was coming in the future

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Titanic Belfast – a robot exhibit was coming in the future

We only had the day to visit Belfast, but it was a great visit.  On to Dublin!

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.

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