The beauty of Belfast

I began my recent journey in Northern Ireland in Belfast.  What a delightful surprise the whole city was.  I didn’t realize I had so many preconceived ideas about Belfast. Thinking it was a dismal industrial city, the high end restaurants ,independently owned cafes, fabulous  hotels, shops, bustling pubs and buzzing nightlife all changed my mind within minutes of arriving. At the harbor, a beautiful statue greets all visitors, and no one seems to know her actual name, but the locals have dubbed her:  The Dolly with the Brolly, The Thing with the Ring, The Nula with the Hoola and the Doll with the Ball


When I travel, I always enjoy wandering through local markets , because you get a real feel for the place.  St. George’s  Saturday market in Belfast was bustling with people and packed with goodies to take home

Belfast market cafe

Locally made chocolate, towers of mouth-watering cupcakes all tempting treats for the taste buds on the spot

Belfast market cupcakes


Belfast market cupcakes 2

It was a wonderful opportunity to pick up locally woven sweaters, beautifully hand-knit booties (yes, I grabbed some for my soon to be grand-daughter) and local linen , which isn’t produced much anymore.  

Belfast market knitter

One innovative young etsy entrepreneur was selling tea towels and tee-shirts screened with local scenes in compelling colors

Belfast market Flax Fox

Belfast market Flax fox 2

Belfast market photographer

Another stand stood out for its photographs, and one for its color-coordinated make up bags, and travel bags.  Chock a block with goodies, a few  ended up in my suitcase  

Belfast market Made Pretty 3

Belfast market Made pretty

Belfast market made pretty (2)

Belfast market painter

Belfast market bread stall

Stacks of local baked breads as appealing as any I’ve seen were perfectly paired beside stands bursting with chutneys, jams and jellies

Belfast market guinness bread

Belfast market eggs

Belfast market bakingBelfast market Belly busters



About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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2 Responses to The beauty of Belfast

  1. bob144 says:

    Nice pictures Melody, (the first one needs to be rotated to be upright)

    Hope you are all doing well,


  2. I’ve been to the south but never the north – never wanted to but now I just might! Thanks for sharing,

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