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Terra Titanicus

WATCH: Exploring Northern Ireland Beyond Belfast

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.14.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

About half-way up the Antrim coast we stop for a bio-break at the chocolate-box village of Carnlough, on the edge of an uncongenial harbor bobbing with blue and white boats. We are in the middlemost of the rainy season, but the weather doesn't know it. The sun is beaming, so I sprawl on a picnic table for a few minutes, close my eyes and sail away.

WATCH: Beyond The Titanic In Northern Ireland

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.13.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

There is no escaping Titanic in Belfast, but my friend offered to show me some non-Titanic facets of her cisatlantic city.

WATCH: Searching For The Titanic In Belfast

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.12.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

There is one view that celebrating a tragedy of this scope with commercial tours, tributes and knick-knacks is somehow disrespectful and gauche, like grave dancing. But those who subscribe to George Santayana's trope rationalize a nobleness in the exercise.

WATCH: Richard Bangs Explores Northern Ireland

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.11.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The only thing Belfast does in moderation is moderation.