Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So far Northern Ireland has been my favorite place we have been on tour. The capital of N. Ireland is Belfast (one of the children called it "Breakfast" by mistake! ). I was lucky enough to spend quite a few "days off" in Belfast. Each of the chaperones get 1 day off a week and I really enjoyed going to the city for the day. One day Eleni (another chaperone) and I went up in the Belfast Wheel to get a good view of the city.

Portstewart, Northern Ireland

Portstewart, Northern Ireland

I was so surprised to find beautiful sandy beaches in Ireland! Portstewart was absolutely gorgeous! The girls REALLY wanted to jump in the ocean and I had to hold them back! It was way to cold to even consider it!

Nomkhuleko, Phephile and Nompie at the beach!

Monday, October 19, 2009

African Children's Choir in Armagh

Watch my kids sing! This is an outdoor performance we did in Armagh, Northern Ireland. The kids sang a couple songs with a group called The Tenors and Divas Incognito but the majority of the concert was the choir. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway was my favorite place to visit in Northern Ireland. It is called The Giant's Causeway because of the legend that says a Giant built it as a bridge to Scotland. Here is some info about it:

The Giant's Causeway (or Irish: Clochán na bhFómharach)[1] is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim, on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about two miles (3 km) north of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a National Nature Reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant's Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven and eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (36 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres thick in places. The Giant's Causeway is today owned and managed by the National Trust and it is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.

We took the choir there on a fun morning out. It is an amazing reminder of what a wonderful creator our God is! I love how the rock formations fit perfectly together!

Welcome to Northern Ireland!

I can't believe we are leaving Northern Ireland on Saturday and I still haven't posted pictures on here about our time on the Emerald Isle! These are photos of the day we arrived on Sept. 4th. We came on the Ferry from Scotland. The first photo shows Musa on the Ferry with Ireland in the background. Armstrong, Siyabonga, Musa and Selina are posing in the next picture. A beautiful rainbow greeted us upon arrival!

Pretty smiling under the rainbow!