I’d just put the dinner into the oven when the doorbell rang, and there was my old pal Liz, freshly returned from her travels to America for her niece’s graduation. As always I was delighted to see her, but even better, she came bearing gifts! She’d spotted the launch of Eating for Ireland whilst on her travels, and had picked up the most perfectly appropriate present. I’m a lucky girl! Now I have to spend hours trying to find the perfect spot for it…this may take some time, as the man said…although in a rather more serious context. Thanks Liz! xx
Belfast is almost unrecognisable from the town I came to live in back in 1984.. Don’t get me wrong, we had the best of craic amongst our friends, but if you were looking for nightlife, or a range of places to eat, you were in the wrong town. The city centre was deserted by 7pm every evening; there were security checkpoints at every entrance to the shopping areas, and a further check as you entered each shop. It was a dark time for Northern Ireland, and a whole world away from today’s proud, vibrant city that I’m so happy to call home. First the barriers came down, then the revitalisation of Belfast began..
The opening of Victoria Square; the launch of the now world-famous Titanic museum (and yes, it is one of my favourite buildings!); Culture night, held every September when thousands of people wander the streets enjoying the wonderful atmosphere, and culture of every type; the Giro d’Italia, which brought the entire town to a standstill; I’ve been there for them all, and so much more.
The ‘iconic’ cranes of Harland and Wolff dominate the city skyline, while Game of Thrones has taught us much about the beauties of our own country – and virtually everyone has been in a restaurant in town when some of the GoT crew breezed in!
I hope you enjoy these pictures..
Titanic Museum from the Lagan path..
Everyone has to get their picture taken at the TITANIC sign!
Replica of the stair way on RMS Titanic
Original, restored stairwell at the Titanic Hotel, the former Drawing offices
Titanic Museum, with the tender Nomadic in the foreground – it was the last remaining tender and was bought by public subscription
The ‘iconic’ H+W cranes – they move you know!
birds-eye view of the Titanic sign..
HMS Caroline – the last remaining ship from the Battle of Jutland – now fully refurbished and ready for visitors.
Evening at Titanic – I love being there at sunset..
Me and him – loving Belfast!
Titanic Studios – home of Game of Thrones
The lake at Mount Stewart, a National Trust property about 20 miles from Belfast
Original cobbles in the Titanic quarter
Royal Avenue, Belfast, with the City Hall at the top..
Stairway, Titanic Hotel
the cranes, from far away!
St George’s Market – open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday..
The much-loved Continental Christmas Market at the City Hall
Newcastle, a traditional seaside town about 45 minutes from Belfast
Daffodils, flowering in April – one for each person who perished on Titanic