Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest urban area is situated on Ireland's eastern coast. To the northwest, the city is flanked by hills, including Cavehill, thought to be Jonathan Swift's inspiration for his novel, "Gulliver's Travels." Belfast's location is ideal for the shipbuilding industry that once made it famous. The Titanic was built here in 1912, at the largest shipyard in the world. Until the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 was reached, the worst of Ireland's "troubles" was experienced in Belfast, which suffered almost half the conflict's resulting deaths. Since that time, however, Belfast's city center has emerged into an attractive pedestrian-oriented environment with street musicians and the like, and a revitalized river front.