Aug5

Written by:Driper
Thursday, August 05, 2010 

Troy and I are leaving Belfast on the train having had a brilliant time over the last few days. There isn't a great deal to do in Belfast but we were not here for long anyway. As the birthplace of the Titanic (and the two sister ships) it was something we had to go and see. Getting an understanding of the scale of the building and the difficulties in making something that large in those days was interesting. It was also interesting to see the dry docks that could empty 2 swimming pools worth of water every minute as well as learning that in fact there were two other sister ships identical to the titanic called Olympic and Gigantic.

Troy and I took a short 'boys weekend' break before he gets married and before I start the rest of my Europe tour. Troy and I are leaving Belfast on the train having had a brilliant time over the last few days. There isn't a great deal to do in Belfast but we were not here for long anyway. As the birthplace of the Titanic (and the two sister ships) it was something we had to go and see. Getting an understanding of the scale of the building and the difficulties in making something that large in those days was interesting. It was also interesting to see the dry docks that could empty 2 swimming pools worth of water every minute as well as learning that in fact there were two other sister ships identical to the titanic called Olympic and Gigantic. The tour guide was very enthusiastic and clearly loved the Titanic and everything related. We managed to get into and see the original drawing rooms which were used in the designing of the ships. They hadn't been restored at all so they looked and smelt old and run down but that just added to the feeling.

Drawing room in Belfast used for the Titanic, Olympic and Gigantic Dry docks used for the Titanic in Belfast

We went on a black taxi tour which is only a penny or two more than a standard tour of Belfast and its just you and your friends on the tour when your in a black taxi. The black taxi tour with Mick was fantastic, he drove us around for about 90 minutes showing us all the different areas, with varying political views and explained what had happened in days gone by, the wars between the different sides, the closure and monitoring of the gates that still goes on now and the places you ought not to go alone. We were both sure that there was a degree of exaggeration but probably not as much as we hoped. A visit to Robinson's pub was excellent with a live band playing till about midnight on a Monday night it was great, a few drinks and off to bed relatively early for Troy and I.

Black Taxi Tour Black Taxi Tour

The second night we found a whisky bar which meant I was introduced to drinking real whisky and drinking it neat. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience and began to realise that the only reason I hadn’t enjoyed whisky straight before was because it was the wrong whisky, it wasn’t old enough and it wasn't good enough. As we made our way from the whisky bay to the hotel for dinner I spotted Jimmy (Justin Prentice) from In Bruges (which I later find out wasn’t Jimmy at all, he was an actor though). Eventually deciding it must be him and second guessing ourselves at the last minute we interrupted his conversation and asked for a photo which he graciously agreed to have. We left Jimmy to his horse tranquilizer and war and went for a drink at the bar. The bar man at the hotel knew how to pour a drink and more importantly new how to over pour. This meant we could not possibly leave the bar which wouldn't close until the last patron staying at the hotel left. Belfast was great for a few days but I wouldn't want to be staying for much longer and I wouldn't want to be there at the wrong time.

Bitllers Bar in Belfast Jimmy Prentice (not) in Fitzgerald Hotel, Belfast

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