Northern Ireland is a beautiful country that I think most people overlook due to its troubled past. I therefore wanted to list 100 things that I love about my country that hopefully, will make you fall in love with it too...
Stormont is Northern Ireland's parliment buildings and is so named because that is where it is located - Stormont, Belfast. At Christmas, if there is snow, all the local children come out with their sleighs and slide down the hill! Stormont was also the location of George Best's funeral service as it was the only place large enough to accommodate all his fans who wanted to attend.
#92 Lough Neagh
Lough Neagh is the largest lake in the British Isles as it is 20 miles long, 9 miles wide and is 25 metres deep at it's deepest. It's clearly visible on maps of Northern Ireland. Legend has it that the giant Finn McCool formed the lake by scooping up a portion of land and throwing it at his Scottish rival. He missed and it landed in the Irish Sea, forming the Isle of Man.
#93 Halloween Carnival
I love the fact that my home town, Londonderry, throws such a massive Halloween Carnival. It's a four day event that includes a parade, fireworks, dressing up, scary activities for the kids, a maze of horrors and so much more. I can't wait to go to it this year.
A beautiful resort where you can go to indulge in a number of treatments aimed to help you relax and unwind. Located near the spa is woodland so you can't help but feel at one with nature. It's a very very popular place that's almost always booked up but I hope I'm lucky enough to get to stay there sometime!
These two cranes are very famous landmarks in the city of Belfast. They are quite big and you can see them instantly as you enter the city.
Carrickfergus Castle was built in 1177 by John de Courcy and has been standing for over 800 years. It is a Norman castle located in Carrickfergus and has been besieged by the Scots, English, Irish and the French over the many years it's been standing. It was very useful back in medieval times as 3/4 of its perimeter is surrounded by water.
Northern Ireland has some of the quirkiest and strangest place names I've ever heard. Here are just a few: Kilkeel, Fintona, Eglinton, Holywood, Lurgan, Portadown and Magherafelt.
#98 Scrabo Tower
Scrabo Tower can be found in County Down and was built on a volcanic plug as a memorial to the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, Charles Stewart. It has 122 steps which takes you an open viewing level where you can look over the town below.
#99 The Richmond Centre
Like Foyleside, Castle Court and Victoria Square, The Richmond Centre is another shopping centre. It's probably my favourite as it has all my favourite stores in it.
#100 Northern Irish Bloggers
And of course me! The above bloggers were either born here or now call Northern Ireland their home. I've only found a few so maybe Northern Irish bloggers are quite rare? Who knows!
This ten part series is inspired by Charlotte
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