Goldring Travel's 2016 Culinary & Cultural (Food & Wine) Cruise on the Seabourn Quest - Part VII (Belfast, Liverpool - And Another Seabourn Moment!) - Travels Blogs

Goldring Travel's 2016 Culinary & Cultural (Food & Wine) Cruise on the Seabourn Quest - Part VII (Belfast, Liverpool - And Another Seabourn Moment!)



The 2016 Goldring Travel Culinary & Cultural (Food & Wine) Cruise spent a second day in Belfast, Northern Ireland, so we headed out to St. George?s Market for a wander around and to buy some souvenirs.  
St. George's Market - Belfast, Northern Ireland

It is packed with both culinary and cultural items ranging for local cheeses to more exotic fare to t-shirts with a truly Irish flare.  If you can?t wear a smile while wandering here there is something wrong.
We then headed upstairs for a drink.  But when I saw what was coming out of the open kitchen in Georges at the Market, my pint of Guinness became a pint with a full Irish breakfast (which most certainly beat out the full English and full Scottish breakfasts I previously sampled).
A beautifully prepared and delicious full Irish Breakfast
George's at the MarketIt is all it is supposed to beIt was then time to head off and wander about Belfast and wander we did.  The politics of the past are very much the politics of the present.  As we walked we saw many people milling about in various dress and most without smiles.   We didn't know what was happening as we walked, but we would eventually find out.
Hundreds of people in prior dress were seen as we wandered
through Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Why"There was a palpable tension.  Police in riot vehicles and heavily armed were omnipresent.  So as we came upon The Garden of Remembrance (those who died during the Catholic Hunger Strikes protesting against British rule and occupation) 
The Garden of Remembrance - Belfast, Northern Ireland
and the Peace Wall

A small portion of the Peace Wall separating the Protestant and Catholic
populations of Belfast, Northern Irelandthe troubled past and tensions between Catholics and Protestants were clearly also in the present. 

The name of this abandoned bar was not lost on mePossibly as a Jew struggling with the positions of the Jewish-Palestinian conflict (and the terrorism and Wall) it hit me harder than most.  

A surprising portion of the Peace WallAnd speaking of walls, I thought it was remarkable...and important...that there were a number of Anti-Trump posters advertising rallies against him.  Alas, all walls are not the same; though needing any walls is, at best, heartbreaking and troublesome.

So what were the uniforms and hundreds of stowic people about"  The answer was found in a souvenir shop next to a Sinn Fein office. (Sinn Fein, or "We Ourselves", is the political party, considered by some to be a terrorist organization, that has fought for the reuniting of Ireland.) The shopkeeper said that there was a march honoring the hunger strikers starting at 2:00 pm.

So there we were, by happenstance, fortunate enough to be present for a march honoring the 35thanniversary of the start of the hunger strikes protesting British rule.  I was especially lucky to have found a place on the cur...
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