Our last big meal together was held on the top floor of the Europa hotel.
It’s a beautiful hotel – I couldn’t believe how lucky were were for the entirety of our trip with the hotels we stayed in.
Okay, so the first one in Galway was a bit rambunctious with the pub being right below my window, and then there was that wedding party that went past 2:30am – and the rowdies then beneath my window at 5:30 am yelling at each other.
It couldn’t be helped that it was HOT –and the hotel did not have air conditioning because that just never happens in Galway ---
but all in all it was a beautiful hotel!
The Europa…TOP NOTCH!
Except I heard from locals twice on that leg of the journey “Oh, the Europa? Don’t you know that is the most bombed hotel in all of Belfast?!”
It’s been quiet in Belfast for many years now….but it sure brought the reality of the whole Northern Ireland experience forefront in my mind.
Can you see everyone taking pictures of the rainbow outside the window? Here is a recap:
Left side--Yes, it’s a double!
It seemed to get brighter every second ---
Ireland is so far north that it was light til way past 10pm at night. It feels weird being back in the south where it is dark just past 9:30 or so. After dinner a few of us put on our running shoes, grabbed our cameras and went out walking…in Belfast, Northern Ireland – and were out past 10pm!
The sky was clearing after the rain storm –and the setting sun lit up the clouds.
Yes, this is a KFC!
Entrance to a pub…tile floors again!!
This street had lots of churches of every variety…they were beautiful in the fading light.
Tall square bell tower --
Towers, tall, round and pointy like a pencil.
Further down the road we came across Queen’s University
What a magnificent building!
Founded by Queen Victoria, the Queen's University in Ireland, was designed to be a non-denominational alternative to Trinity College Dublin which was controlled by the Anglican Church.
Just SO beautiful!
Doesn’t this look like something out of Harry Potter?
Statue in the front court yard --
Marker on the monument
Close up of awesome windows!
Angel on the door archway
Oh, those clouds!
It was a great evening walk in a fascinating city with some new traveling quilter-friends!