If you are planning a trip to Ireland, set aside a few days for Belfast and Northern Ireland. My friend and I flew into Dublin in the middle of October. We had no itinerary...except to fly in and out of Dublin in a 10 day period. We visited Dublin, Cork, and Limerick. Several people we met along the way - from native Irish people to fellow tourists - said we shouldn't leave Ireland without visiting Belfast and Northern Ireland. And so we did...and those few days ended up being one of the highlights of our trip.
Surrounded by mountains, Belfast is pristine, clean, elegant. Gorgeous architecture, great shopping, friendly people. It offers opera, theater, restaurants, plus a great nightlife.
From Belfast we headed up the Northern Coastline to see the Giant's Causeway, which is considered the 8th natural wonder of the world. Spectacular scenery.
We skipped Galway to see Belfast. I hear Galway is worth seeing. However, I'm glad we ventured up to Belfast. And not seeing Galway on this trip is all the more reason to plan another trip to the Emerald Isle.
[This message was edited by Host Bonjour on 11-25-01 at 04:08 PM.]