No city in Ireland connects the kaleidoscope of historical dots more colorfully than Derry (as it's known to Nationalists), a.k.a. Londonderry (to Unionists). From a leafy monastic hamlet to a Viking-pillaged port, from a cannonball-battered siege survivor to an Industrial Revolution sweatshop, from an essential WWII naval base to a wrenching flashpoint of sectarian Troubles…Derry has seen it all. This pivotal city has a more diverse history than Belfast, and a prettier setting that feels more welcoming and manageable to visitors. While this predominantly Catholic-Nationalist city has been much contested throughout the Troubles, the past 15 years have brought some refreshing changes. Today, you can feel comfortable wandering the streets and enjoying this “legend-Derry” city.