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Northern Ireland

After a fun few days in Ireland Josh and I met up with our cousins Emily and Michaela to travel up to Northern Ireland. As you know, I absolutely fell in love with Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher a few days earlier. I didn’t think that anything could top it. But Northern Ireland isn’t one to give up easily, and offered incredibly stunning views as we drove along Coast Road to the Giant’s Causeway.

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Along the way we stopped at Carnlough for massive amounts of honeycomb ice cream. My boss had recommended this ice cream to me, and now I’m recommending it to you! It was so good!

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Josh liked it. I promise.

We then continued driving along the coast faced with the difficult task of deciding whether to look at the lush, rolling hills on the left:

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Or the gorgeous water on the right:

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At Carrick-a-Rede we stopped to cross the rope bridge to Carrick Island.

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The rope bridge is 30 meters (that’s about 100 feet, Americans!) above the sea and has been used by fishermen for over 350 years to cross to the island. I was picturing the bridge in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, so I was actually surprised at how “sturdy” the bridge is.

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I quickly found out that it isn’t necessarily the bridge that draws people here, but the views.

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Josh got to work taking National Geographic style pictures, and after people saw him doing this they began asking him to take their group shots!

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He’s not bad:

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Luckily Josh still found time to hang out with me and enjoy the scenery.

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It wasn’t long before we were joined by the whole gang!

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I was sad to leave (basically the theme of the trip), but since we had other places to see we eventually headed back over the bridge…

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And continued our journey to the Giant’s Causeway. The Giant’s Causeway is a crazy geological phenomenon and World Heritage Site that features hexagonal-shaped stones that are 65 million years old!

This may surprise you, but when we arrived it was (you guessed it) gorgeous! And that was before we even got to the cool rocks!

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Still not the cool rocks…

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There they are!

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It just blows my mind that this was created naturally.

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A few more pictures? Oh why not!

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We stayed until the park closed. Literally. Emily and I had to race along the rocks to catch the last bus up the hill… with Michaela and Josh laughing at us from their bus seats. Thanks guys!

On our way back to Belfast we went by Dunluce Castle and were surprised to hear that Van Morrison was performing there that night! We were even more surprised when later that night in a Belfast pub the Irish band was playing “Brown-Eyed Girl.” I guess the Irish are big Van Morrison fans!

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I didn’t have many expectations of Northern Ireland, but I ended up loving it! Half because I got to spend time with my brother and cousins, and half because of how absolutely gorgeous it is.

What a perfect day.

~A

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