Photos: Ireland, Northern Ireland 2013

One often hears how green the grass is and how nice the people are in Ireland, wondering whether either can actually live up to the reputation.

That’s why it’s a pleasant surprise when such is the case (no, I wasn’t paid to say this by my Irish friends, though I wouldn’t mind a check in the mail!).

For the second straight year I visited the Emerald Isle, but this time I also got to visit Northern Ireland’s stunning Giant’s Causeway, which is a World Heritage Site.

Below are some of my favorite photos. The final blog entry for my Europe 2013 trip will include images from England.

Tourists walk across the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Tourists walk across the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland about 30 meters above the water. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A pair of cows sit on green grass along the Irish countryside. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A pair of cows sits on grass along the Irish countryside. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

 

Large waves crash against the rock formations of Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Large waves crash against the rock formations of Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland is known for its volcanic rock that appears in hexagons. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is known for its volcanic rock, which formed between 50 to 60 million years ago, and appears in hexagons. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

 

This might not seem like much, but this wall separates a Catholic and Protestant neighborhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A Republic of Ireland flag indicates a Catholic household. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Though it might not seem like much, this wall separates a Catholic and Protestant neighborhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A Republic of Ireland flag indicates a Catholic household. Union Jack would represent a Protestant one. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Belfast is proud to call itself home to where the Titanic was built. From the top of the Victoria Square mall stands a dome, which offers a view of the shipyard. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Belfast is proud to call itself home to where the Titanic was built. From the top of the Victoria Square mall stands a dome, which offers a view of the shipyard. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

 

The Spire of Dublin looms over a statue of Jim Larkin -- avec sneakers -- on O'Connell Street. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

The Spire of Dublin looms over a statue of Jim Larkin — avec sneakers — on O’Connell Street. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

If you look closely, you'll be able to spot a man fishing in the stream. He is surrounded by the beautiful nature of Kildare County. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

If you look closely, you’ll be able to spot a man fishing in the stream. He is surrounded by the beautiful nature of Kildare County. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

 

A Wexford player tackles a Meath player during the second half of a Gaelic football semifinal match at Croke Park. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A Wexford player tackles a Meath player during the second half of a Gaelic football semifinal match at Croke Park. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A Dublin fan cheers on as his team beats Kildare, 4-16 to 0-9, in a Gaelic football semifinal at Croke Park. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A Dublin fan cheers on as his team beats Kildare, 4-16 to 0-9, in a Gaelic football semifinal at Croke Park. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

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