- A farmhouse near Belfast for the weekend - to visit a guy, Garvin, I’d been chatting to online. One of my madder adventures. Needless to say it didn’t have a happy ending.
- He took me on a whistle-stop tour of Belfast – past Stormont, perched scenically up a rise, (like the Long Walk at Windsor) and the copper dome of City Hall, the leaning tower of the Albert Memorial Clock. The Falls and Shankill roads, so often referred to in a violent context on the news, were eerily (and thankfully) quiet. Murals now document the complex history of the Irish ‘Troubles’. We went to a play, Golden Boy (beautiful violin playing), in the ‘bohemian’ Cathedral Quarter, with its cobblestone streets and elegant restaurants.
- The countryside was pleasantly pastoral, but not stunning. The highlight was undoubtedly a visit to the Giant’s Causeway. Chilly, but magnificent.