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Giant's Causeway

Belfast Day 2

We woke up extra early today (according to Matt haha) to join a Game of Thrones tour! Roughly 80% of the show's filming takes place in Belfast around the country and even their filming studios, so we were able to visit a lot of the filming locations. Our guide was a lot of fun and showed us clips of the show before we arrived to each location. We really enjoyed it, though I do believe our expectations were a little high- no cast members made a special appearance. Bummer.

Included in our tour was a visit to Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Giants Causeway sits on the Antrim coast and is a spectacular rock formation composed of endless hexagonal basalt columns. The prosaic scientific explanation is that the causeway rocks were formed over 60 million years ago when "a thick layer of molten basaltic lava flowed along a valley into the existing chalk beds." It's still weird to think that's the only place in the world where hexagonal rocks were formed. It was pretty cool to be able to climb about. Matt went on a little climbing excursion (as boys do) and luckily he didn't die. Yay!

Our final stop was at Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. It was originally rigged and used by local salmon fishermen, but now it's "a test of nerves" 30m above the rocks and sea. The height was nothing compared to what I've done in the past. One woman did need to be escorted across the bridge and we all cheered for her when she made it. We're so thankful we're not scared of heights!

Tomorrow, we depart for home. It is bittersweet especially because this trip was so short. However, we're re both excited for some space- me for some personal space and Matt for some physical space. Irish leprechauns are quite tiny! Lol. Until next year!

Posted by rniewiada 08:39 Archived in Northern Ireland

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