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 about 30 meters above the water. // 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
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
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
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
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