BELFAST NAMED AS NUMBER ONE REGION TO VISIT SO HERE ARE 5 REASONS YOU NEED TO VISIT NOW

I am so proud and delighted that Lonely Plant has named Belfast and the Causeway Coast as the number one region to visit in 2018!  The guide described us as “Dynamic Belfast has put its troubled past behind it and is a city transformed”.  How cool is that?

 

I was born and bred in Belfast.  Considering I grew up during what is known and referred to as the Troubles, I loved Belfast then and I love it now. I am so proud at how far this wee country has come.  Below I want to share with you 5 reasons why you need to visit Belfast now.  I hope you agree with me and make your next weekend trip to Belfast.

 

Why you should visit Belfast

 

Our People

We are such a welcoming people.  Warm hearted and we will go out of our way to help you.  I can remember meeting a French tourist in Belfast.  She didn’t have much English but we managed to figure out what she needed and we walked her 2 miles to her accommodation.  Oh and of course we love a great craic!

 

Our Past

The  well known Belfast politician David Ervine reworded a saying by philospher George Santayana saying “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”  That is so true of Northern Ireland.  We should not forget our past troubles but use them to move forward and that is what has happened.  Visiting Belfast you will experience the rich history displayed by murals as well as visiting the ‘peace walls’ which still exist in Belfast.

 

Our Scenery

While not based in Belfast you just need to go to the wonderful UNESCO World Heritage site that is the Giant’s Causeway.  An area of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which was a result of an ancient volcanic eruption.  It is located in the beautiful north coast of Northern Ireland.

 

Our Accommodation, food & shopping

There is a hotel that will suit all tastes within Belfast.   You can stay in the most bombed hotel in Europe – The Europa Hotel or you can stay at the new quirky Bullitt Hotel.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in Belfast.  From the famous Long’s Fish and Chips which is the best kept secret in Belfast to more funky selection of food from Made in Belfast. There is something to suit all tastes and all prices!

Shopping in Belfast is also a delight.  You can take a wander along Donegall Place for the main high street stores or stroll through Victoria Square for designer wear and even take in the breathtaking views from the doom at the top of Victoria Square.

 

Have you been to Belfast?  Are you considering it?  I’d love to hear from you.

 

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Introducing Belfast: People & Places

I wanted to share with you my love of photography.  Please don’t get me mixed up with someone who loves taking glamourous shots of landscapes – that is NOT me at all.  My hubby and I took up photography a few years back and we really didn’t know what type of photographers we were so we set ourselves a target of taking 50 photos a day.  The idea was to look at these after a few months to see what we decided to shoot and why.  I just could not believe what my photos were telling me.  I love colour, contrast, lines and symmetry!  It is certainly a far cry from landscape photos.

Below I have included some of my favourite photos of Belfast places and Belfast people.  I would love to know what you think of them and if you take photos what do you take and why.

 

This photo was taken at a central place in Belfast City Centre called Corn Market.  I just love taking photos of people going about their daily business and interacting with each other.

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At the entrance to Victoria Square (a large shopping mall) you will find these wonderful figures erected to attract shoppers to the area.  I love this picture as it captures a dad pushing his son!

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This image was taken outside TK Maxx, I just love the way the guy in the photo is looking at the passer by!

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Another street photo.  I love colour so couldn’t resist taking this one.

 

It is amazing the images you can capture when the sun is low in the sky.  This guy was waiting for the bus when I shot this one.

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Taken in Corn Market again, a group of tourists watching whatever  artistic performance was happening that day.

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I guess every city has a High Street.  This is Belfast High Street.  You take your life in your hands trying to cross at the zebra crossing here with all the buses that go flying by! Couldn’t resist this picture, the sun and shadows make it interesting.

 

 

I have shown you the people of Belfast, next are some places which have been captured as I have been walking around.  The next two images are taken from St Anne’s Square showing St Anne’s Cathedral.  It is the cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Donegall Street, Belfast,  It is the focal point of the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast.  The cathedral started to be built in 1899 but it wasn’t until  April 2007 a 40-metre stainless steel spire was installed on top of the cathedral. Named the “Spire of Hope”.

 

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The next photo is located at the centre of Corn Market.  The Spirit of Belfast is a public art sculpture by Dan George . The sculpture is constructed of steel and cost £200,000.   Folks of Northern Ireland are funny to say the least, they always give nicknames to sculptures, this one they have called Onion Rings!

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The next photo is the back of some fabulous Victorian buildings in North Sreet.  North Street was once known as Goose Lane!   Unfortunately these buildings have fallen in to disrepair – it’s so sad as they once stood proud and used.

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