Well, Allyson and I had a great vacation. We were very sad to see it end. I flew back to Washington today, while Allyson flew back to Bamako. I didn't have a chance to update the blog while we were in Ireland, but here are a few photos from the trip...
We really had a blast in Belfast (no pun intended). It's a great up-and-coming city with lots of interesting architecture and wonderful restaurants. Of course, it has great history, too. We hired a taxi to take a tour of the Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods at the heart of The Troubles. On the Falls Road in West Belfast, we stopped at the headquarters of Sinn Fein:
The windows are entirely bullet- and bomb-proof, which is not surprising. What was surprising, though, was the fact that there's a souvenir shop inside where you can buy all the Sinn Fein tchotchke your heart desires.
Travelling in the off season has its advantages: Here's Allyson waiting in line for a bus to one of the many - MANY - castles we visited:
Finally, for now, here's the wee cottage we rented in County Donegal:
That's all for now: I'm feeling pretty wiped out (and so request a special dispensation in case of any typos).