Today we had our first full coach day and headed north to Belfast, where the Titanic was built. Our group is a nice size – 24, plus tour host (Paul) and coach driver (Gary). Most people on the tour are in their 50’s, with one couple being 40’s, and another perhaps early 60’s. We have a quite large bus, so each person can have their own seat, if desired.
We visited Downpatrick and St Patrick’s grave, Titanic Museum (a must for those interested in ship building or Titanic), and enjoyed an interesting city tour.
In Belfast, a nearby pub, The Crown Pub, was recommended and its ambiance did not disappoint. Little “snugs” held 6+ people for private dining and 4 of us enjoyed our lunch and an assortment of hard cider or Guinness.
The scenery is beautiful – rolling hills, sheep with colored markings to identify who they belong to, crocus blooms popping up in the grass. It is quite cold and locals say a cold front is coming through this weekend. Tonight we are at the Jury’s Inn in downtown Belfast. Although it is considered budget, it is newly refurbished, modern, clean, comfortable, and a perfect location. Around the corner is The Europa and I was able to have a spur of the moment site inspection and check out a few rooms. Very nice and I look forward to sending clients there in the coming months!