sábado, 8 de novembro de 2014

Belfast to Bushmills by Bus (Ruby Princess Excursion)




 No caminho para Busshmills  e sem saber bem o que nos esperava, fomos surpreendidos por uma paisagem assustadoramente verde e belíssima, sempre com o mar a nos acompanhar. O que nos faz "apaixonar" logo pela Irlanda do Norte. O contraste com o lindo azul do céu e o belo dia de sol ainda tornou tudo mais belo.
Ainda se pode encontrar vestígios do Giro de Itália, que na edição de 2014, começou por aqui, com ovelhas, casas e diversos objectos pintados de cor-de rosa.

 Descrição da Excursão em princess.com
 Your tour begins as you board your motorcoach for a two-hour, panoramic drive to Giant's Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Your drive includes sweeping views of farmlands, villages, and rolling moors. En route stop at Dunluce Castle for an opportunity to photograph one of Ireland's most romantic and breathtaking castle perched on the rocky Antrim Coast.

 Your ultimate destination, Giant's Causeway, is next on your itinerary. Renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, the Causeway is considered the Eighth Wonder of the World, and is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. According to myth, the giant Finn McCool used the basalt columns to form the causeway into stepping stones so he could travel from Ireland to Scotland to visit his lover, a Scots giantess. Scientists, however, believe the mainly hexagonal columns resulted from cooling lava flows. Since it was first documented in 1693, the Causeway Coast has been the subject of much controversy concerning the origins of the Earth.

 Upon arrival, you will visit the newly constructed Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre. The Summer of 2012 marked the opening of the new Visitor Centre at the Giant's Causeway. This new interpretative centre allows you to decide for yourself which explanation of how the causeway's 40,000 basalt stones were formed is most likely (or simply most interesting!) Stories about the area's rich mythology, history, geology, flora and fauna will paint the Causeway in your mind's eye before you make your way to the stones themselves.

 Next, you will travel to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge viewing point. Spanning a chasm some eighty feet deep, this bridge once consisted of a single rope handrail and widely spaced slats, which fishermen would traverse while holding salmon caught off the island - an endeavor that was not for the faint of heart. Visitors today are delighted to discover that this has since been replaced by the National Trust in 2000 - there is now a more sensible two-railed bridge minus the wide gaps and missing boards. 

 You will not cross the bridge as your tour concludes with a relaxing return drive to the pier. With Giant's Causeway behind you, you will leave with a myriad of unforgettable memories.