When I think of my two visits to Belfast I often re-call and probably sang more than I should have the lyrics of Black Velvet Band:
City Center, Belfast
Her eyes they shone like the diamonds You’d think she was queen of the land
And her hair hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band.
In a neat little town they call Belfast
Apprenticed to trade I was bound
And many an hour’s sweet happiness
I spent in that neat little town.
Till bad misfortune came o’er me
That caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band.
We arrived in Belfast late Thursday night, checked-in and found a grand pub to get some really good grub. They even had a fire lit and a Celtic musician playing some tunes for the patrons. We had a couple of beers at the pub before calling it a night.
Belfast Christmas Market at City Center
An early morning led us to the City Center, where we decided we would do some shopping.
The City Center boasts excellent shopping. I remember in December 2007, touring the booths at the Christmas market
. In 2010, during mid-November they were just getting set-up outside of the City Hall Building. I managed to purchase a jacket and lots of clothing, as well as a couple of sweaters for my sister as a Christmas present.
The Crown Bar
We had a tight schedule as we had to arrive in Dublin later Friday night as we were meeting our final friend joining us for the vacation.
I enjoy the countryside of Ireland immensely. It reminds me of the beautiful scenery that is comparable in rural Newfoundland. However, there
are some vast differences as well, including the unique trees at roadside.
Trees at roadside to Giant's Causeway
Combining urban and rural regions while on vacation can really create a unique travel experience.