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25 januari 2017
Fun fact: The market hall was built somewhere between 1890 and 1896, which makes it one of the oldest markets in the United Kingdom.
Saturday mornings are all about food. Reason enough to go there and see what it has to offer. Walking into the hall of the market I was overwhelmed with rich scents and colourful view of all the spices sold in the first stalls. I walked around for a while and after having an amazing lunch it was time to leave.
It would be a shame to go straight back home on a lovely sunny Saturday as this one was. Instead we made a detour and took a look at the Big Fish. Which is, as the name says, a big statue of a fish…What I liked about this fish is that the tiles it was decorated with showed pictures of important people or events in the history of Belfast.
The main event this weekend was the trip we made to Derry, the second largest city in Northern Ireland. It took a two hour train ride to get there but it was well worth the travel. The city of Derry is a walled city that has a very turbulent history. It is the city where the Bloody Sunday shootings took place, back in 1972.
We went on a walking tour past a few of the most important parts of the wall and the rest of the city. Our tour guide spoke about what had happened almost 45 years ago and what an impact it left on the city and its people. For me the most impressive part of the story and the image of the city were the murals that were made in remembrance of the past. A number of beautiful paintings spread across the Bogside area of the city, the area where the shootings took place. It was a tour about a dark past told with a lot of Irish humour.
To conclude an educational and cultural day we decided to have dinner at a nice restaurant and have a beer at the local pub before leaving for the last train to Belfast. Which, by the way, left at 19:30…another something I am not used to.
Little side note, after hearing about the events from the past I could not get the U2 song, Sunday Bloody Sunday, out of my brain.
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24 maart 2017 15:56 | Door: Tessa Bremen
I can imagine that this was a very impressive visit. Unbelievable the things people do to each other, right?