Vacation 2019: Derry to Dublin

Tuesday August 13 involved a lot of driving. We started in Derry, visited the Giant’s Causeway in the far northeast, then the Titanic Museum in Belfast, then returned to Dublin.

The countryside in Derry and Antrim; I didn’t note when we crossed from one county to the other.

We passed a few wind farms during the trip. Our driver said that much of Ireland’s power generation is still coal and oil.
We stopped briefly for pictures at Castle Dunluce; it was apparently used as Castle Greyjoy in Game of thrones, which I’ve no plans to watch.

The major landmark of the day was the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, a world heritage site. According to myth it was built by Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool), an Irish giant who wanted to reach Scotland to fight Scottish giant Benandonner, who turned out to be much larger. Finn ran away, pursued by his enemy, but his quick-thinking wife disguised him as a baby. Benandonner thought if that`s the baby, how big must the daddy be?and ran away himself.
If you check this map of the whole site , you can see Portnaboe, the Stooken, Port Ganny, and Port Noffer; I walked from the visitors centre about halfway round Port Noffer. Portnaboe:
The Stooken:
The Onion Skin rocks; weathering has been peeling off layers like an onion, hence the name.
The start of the Causeway itself. I stayed on the path because after a shattered elbow three and a half years ago I’m no longer willing to risk a fall on slippery rocks.

The Giant’s Organ.
The Giant’s Boot, which Fionn lost while running away. It would be a size 93, indicating Fionn was over 50 feet tall, five stories. Which means the Scottish giant was even bigger!
The end of my walk. Continuing involved a steep climb, which I had neither the time nor the energy for. You may just be able to make out the path heading up the side of the cliff.
Afterwards we drive south through County Antrimand County Armagh to Belfast. On the way as we went through a roundabout we found our exit blocked; we had to go back in the general direction of the Causeway for many miles before the diversion took us back onto the main motorway to Belfast.
The main attraction in Belfast was the Titanic museum, sited where the ship and its sisters Oceanic and Brittanic were built. This view from the top floor shows where the Titanic was built, on the left, and where the other two were built, on the right. The rusted beams show the outline of the huge gantry used to move the gigantic beams and plates that comprised the ships.
We had dinner at a seaside restaurant about forty minutes north of Dublin. The tide was out, and the slope so gentle that the sea was barely visible across the flats.
Finally we reached our last tour hotel. Today (Wednesday) I moved to the Spencer hotel near the Conference Centre Dublin for Worldcon.

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