• Derry


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). While this predominantly Catholic-Nationalist city has been much contested throughout the Troubles, the conflict is only one dimension of Derry; this pivotal city has a more diverse history and a prettier setting than Belfast. 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.