Northern Ireland – Giant’s Causeway

Well, my second post I will continue to tell you about my trip to Northern Ireland. During our second day there we could enjoy the country side. We took the bus from our hostel to Antrim Coast and our final destiny was the Giant’s Causeway. The coast is beautiful! I could feel in a middle age movie, like The Lord of the Rings. It was a long way to get there but the bus driver was so funny and friendly that we were awake during the all trip. We passed by different towns that which one have its amazing viewing, old buildings and that really green grass that my mother will be impressed (because she so obsessed with our garden in Brazil). DSC_0810DSC_0842 DSC_0850 DSC_0857

We arrived in the afternoon to Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge where is 5 pounds to cross. Luciene decided to stay watching us (Bruno and I) to cross the dangerous bridge. I can tell you that the viewing is more important than the fact that you cross the bridge. Anyway, it was fun!

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After our lunch we could enjoy Giant’s Causeway, where you can’t image how our mother nature could do this. There’s no words to describe exactly the viewing. Unfortunately the battery of my camera had finished, but I could take some pictures from my phone. 🙂

NI_710.tifThis picture is from Google images just to see how impressing it is. Now you can check my terrible pictures:

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There is also a legend about the Giant’s Causeway which I found on Wikipedia:

According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. The story goes that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet. In one version of the story, Fionn defeats Benandonner. In another, Fionn hides from Benandonner when he realises that his foe is much bigger than him. Fionn’s wife, Úna, disguises Fionn as a baby and tucks himDrury_-_View_of_the_Giant's_Causeway in a cradle. When Benandonner sees the size of the ‘baby’, he reckons that its father, Fionn, must be a giant among giants. He flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Fionn could not follow. Across the sea, there are identical basalt columns (a part of the same ancient lava flow) at Fingal’s Cave on the Scottish isle of Staffa, and it is possible that the story was influenced by this.

In Irish mythology, Fionn mac Cumhaill is not a giant but a hero with supernatural abilities. In Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (1888) it is noted that, over time, “the pagan gods of Ireland […] grew smaller and smaller in the popular imagination, until they turned into the fairies; the pagan heroes grew bigger and bigger, until they turned into the giants”

That’s it guys! If you have a plan to go to Northern Ireland, I recommend!

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