from Northern Ireland...
is not to be missed. In spite of what we hear and
see on TV. Belfast is a very safe city and people
there have a way of "taking care" of tourists.
Malone Guest House, on Malone Road, in Belfast
is a great B&B. Ruby Miller, the owner, is a delightful
woman who couldn't do enough for me. Her place is
located about a mile from city center, but it is a
very pleasant walk and the bus stop is very close
by if you need it.
To see the "Troubled"
areas of Falls Road and Shankhill, I hired Belfast
Cab to take me through. The trip cost me 20 pounds
for about 2 1/2 hours and included taking me back
to the Ulster Museum. The murals in this area
are amazing. Other stops not to miss are the Ulster
Folk Museum (Cultra) and the Botanic Gardens.
Because of �the
problems�, I didn't go out after dark. I always stopped
at the grocers to buy dinner which I ate in my room.
These early evenings gave me time to relax and unwind
after six to seven hours of sightseeing.
another amazing town. While there, I stayed at Ma
Ring's B&B. It's a little tattered but the owners,
Eveline and Jim, treated me like a granddaughter.
They referred me to Ramore Wine Bar and Restaurant.
A great place to eat!
are right when they say to travel light. Two years
ago, my mother and I had 3 bags apiece. What a mess!
This time I travelled with one carry-on size bag and
it was perfect.
Terri L. of Portland, Oregon took her first go-alone
trip abroad in the summer of '98. When she returned
she wrote to Journeywoman, "I'm already planning my
next trip. Of course, I'm going solo. I love the freedom."