Attracta and I picked up one of her friends, and made our way through the Attracta Sightseeing Tour of Belfast.
We started with a drive up the Falls Road, a predominately Republican street.
This was followed by a drive up the nearby Shankill Road, a predominately Loyalist street.
While I would loved to have walked up these roads, we were on a limited time budget.
You would expect these places of violent, recent history would be tense. But not so. People stood chatting, kids running around, lots of laughter and smiles… if you didn’t know the history, and these murals weren’t there, you would think that these areas were any working class suburbs in any city. I know that I need to come back here again and take more time here.
We then headed up to Belfast Castle. We had a quick tour of the information rooms, but since there was a wedding booked there that day, we couldn’t wander through it all. Instead, we headed out for a walk up the hill behind.
We headed back into the city to try and catch the tail end of the market, but it was already closing up. So, Camilla headed off and Attracta and I grabbed a late lunch. After that we met Joe and a friend at the pub, then hung out at home for the night. I have learnt all sorts of new Belfast sayings that slay me and I am bringing them home!