Sunday, June 9, 2013

UK Adventure: Day 12 London Derry, Northern Ireland

We were finally in Ireland but behind schedule. We had arrived about 4 pm and had set out along the Giants Causeway Coastal Route and needed to get to Belfast which was our next stop. But London Derry was so close, and it was only 7 pm and the sun had finally come out. My wife had read about the Bogside murals in the guide book and wanted to check them out.
The Bogside is a neighbourhood outside the city walls in Derry, Northern Ireland. The Bogside is a mainly Catholic area, and it shares a border with the mainly Protestant neighbourhood and this area is largely responsible for the Bogsides history of unrest.
The large murals painted on the walls are by a group called the Bogside Artists, and they depict events surrounding the sectarian violence and civil rights protests in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
This is supposed to be a popular tourist site, but at 8:30 at night, it kind of felt like we were intruding on peoples lives as we looked for a place to park.
We took a quick stroll around the neighbourhood, took some pictures and saw the art work on the row houses.
Very cool and powerful stuff.

The Bloody Sunday monument.

Then it was back in the car and onto Belfast for the night.
191 miles since we had got off the ferry at 4 pm and back on schedule.

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