09 August 2014

the coast of northern ireland

Northern Ireland is hands down one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the privilege of visiting. With breathtaking coastal views, the cutest little seaside towns, and such green bluffs and hills, it was the most incredible mix of what Ireland is best known for, but with a little bit of something unexpected thrown in there too.

We drove from Dublin up to Belfast bright and early one morning to go to the Belfast Titanic exhibit, to see how and where the famous Titanic was built. I was absolutely obsessed with Titanic when I was younger, so standing on the same grounds where the ship was built was pretty incredible. We did the guided tour of the drawing rooms and building, and it was such a good experience!

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After a few hours at Belfast Titanic, we got back in the car and drove another hour or two through the rolling green hills of Ireland's countryside, towards The Giant's Causeway, which we had planned to visit the next day. We drove along the coast for awhile, looking for a place to stay for the night and stopped to take pictures of a random castle on the side of the road. We ended up right outside the town of Portrush, where we stumbled upon the cutest little hotel with the most incredible views of the sea and cliffs from our hotel room's living room.

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We drove into town later that night for some water and snacks, and ended up on a little beach where we bought some 99's and lied in the grass for almost an hour, eating our ice cream and taking silhouette pictures in front of the setting sun.

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I fell asleep that night feeling more content than I have in a very, very long time, and feeling so grateful that I got to have this experience. I have no doubt that I'll be visiting the coast of Northern Ireland again someday. I think it may have pushed it's way to the top of my list of favourite places.

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