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Old November 22nd, 2005, 04:24 AM   #1
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Belfast - ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST UNDERRATED CITIES

i ended my British vacation by accident in Belfast; i missed my flight back to the USA, and the earliest free flight left out of Belfast the next day. so i got on a puddle jumper and then went off to explore. this did make me happy because i was going to Ireland after i decided to skip Dublin and save the $150 air fare.

Belfast is a kickass city; i didn't know what to expect, all i knew was that 1. the Titanic was built here and 2. IRA/terrorism/"The Troubles," military patrols, guard towers and whatnot. (the only part of this i saw was the remnants of some faded anti-Catholic graffitti.)

what a suprise!!! a gorgeous, vibrant city centre with pretty nice locals. it felt a lot bigger than a city of 275,000 in a metro of only 550,000. it felt 3 times that size, sort of like Glasgow's little Irish brother. i really had no idea, and coming from a city with a violent past that we're trying to overcome, i can feel sympathy for Belfast.

i'll have to come back to visit when the tourist attractions (Titanic stuff, City Hall's observation deck) are open. AND GUINNESS DOES TASTE BETTER IN IRELAND!!!

anyway, on with the pics.

some pics taken coming in from the small airport to the city centre































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interesting chess set in a pub

































































heading back to the states (but there's more UK threads to come)



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Old November 22nd, 2005, 04:36 AM   #2
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Belfast always reminds me of the British equivelent of Copenhagen but in a more rugged sense of the word.

Its a great city and in time will become one of the UK's finest. great pictures aswell Lsyd

This is Belfasts tallest proposed tower, although im not sure of its status.

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Old November 22nd, 2005, 09:51 AM   #3
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Wow! Didn't know Belfast was this beautiful.. The usual pics you see from there is on 2 storey rowhouses.
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 10:25 AM   #4
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Very nice!
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 03:43 PM   #5
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Much nicer that I would have imagined.
Does look surprisingly vibrant for a city this size
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 06:26 PM   #6
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London Jr?
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 05:10 AM   #7
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thanks y'all. it felt more like Glasgow Jr. than London Jr., more sandstone/victorian, and more intimate.

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Old November 23rd, 2005, 07:32 AM   #8
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very nice
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 08:40 AM   #9
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looks awesome. Two questions. Is racism a problem? The girl in the last few pictures is she a hooker?
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 09:17 AM   #10
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nice old buildings but belfast is definetly not under-rated.
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 03:32 PM   #11
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Nice one Lsyd
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 04:23 PM   #12
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nice old buildings but belfast is definetly not under-rated.
My god, if Belfast is OVER-rated it must be truly the worst place on earth, I don't think it has a very good reputation worldwide.

Here's another impressive building in Belfast, Stormont, the home of the Northern ireland legislature (when they are not refusing to talk to each other).



and here is the Waterfront Hall, an international concert venue



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Old November 23rd, 2005, 05:59 PM   #13
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didnīt knew belfast.. amazing city
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Old November 24th, 2005, 05:26 PM   #14
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thanks y'all.

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looks awesome. Two questions. Is racism a problem? The girl in the last few pictures is she a hooker?
from what i know, the problem's more with religious conflict (catholics vs. protestants, the IRA, the troubles, and all of that.) it seems better than it has been; the IRA announced they're totally disarming this summer while i was in the UK.

the girl...i don't think so; from what i remember (i was sloshed by that time) she was trying to get people into a night club on that block, or she was waiting for someone to go into the club. mostly i remember she had something to do with a night club nearby. what she does in her spare time, i don't know.

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Old November 24th, 2005, 09:32 PM   #15
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The city hall seems a little too grand for such a small city! Nice pics.
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Amazing pics, Belfast looks great- thanks for sharing.
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Old November 26th, 2005, 08:19 PM   #17
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^ thanks y'all.

i agree on that city hall Svajoklis, but that's part of why it's such a great city.

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Old June 29th, 2013, 10:25 PM   #18
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my wife and i went to Belfast a few weeks ago for the Game of Thrones exhibit. we first went to Dublin and arrived in Belfast late Saturday night. sadly it happened to be the weekend before the G8 conference started, so security was heavy and crowds were thin on Sunday when most these pics were taken.

it was nice to see how far the city has come since my first visit in 2005

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after the Titanic museum we walked a few blocks to the dry dock where the Titanic was completed

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West Belfast is infamous as a flashpoint for The Troubles; although things are much better now there's still a virtual no-man's land between Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods, although things are slowly getting better with some of the more inflammatory murals being replaced and housing rebuilt

starting in the Protestant/Loyalist Shankill Road area
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Old June 30th, 2013, 11:46 AM   #19
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Great, very nice photos from Belfast
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