Friday, August 26, 2016

Historic Ships and Ancient Tombs

We checked out of our Belfast hotel today and drove to the Titanic Belfast exhibit in Belfast's Titanic Quarter. This is where the Titanic was built. The exhibit is a multi-level multimedia presentation and museum about the Titanic's construction and ultimate demise. In addition to the exhibit our tickets allowed us to tour on board the SS Nomadic which is the last surviving White Star Line vessel. 

When our tour was finished we began our drive to Dublin. Along the way we stopped at the Newgrange monument which is an Irish Passage Tomb that dates back 5000 years, making it older than the Giza Pyramids. We arrived late afternoon but were lucky to get 3 tickets on the last tour of the day. A bus takes you to the grounds where you can walk around the entire structure, and ultimately go inside the passage to the inner chamber. A knowledgeable guide explained it all and showed us how on the morning of the winter solstice the sun's light enters and illuminates the inner chamber.

When our tour was ended we got back in the car and drove to Dublin. Tomorrow we'll take in some Dublin sights.

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