Belfast from the Air

The commercial center of Belfast is a pleasant , walkable place, with a host of historic buildings, including the opera house (which we don’t enter) and the Ulster Hall (which we do).

Among the historic structures is the City Hall, which is known for its ornate interior.

Fortunately, I am here on a week day, so am eager to go inside and take a peek around. . . until a closer look shows the whole building is closed for renovation.

Dang. So, what should we do now? Shop? Check out the city from that Ferris wheel?

Belfast feels like a large city, but from the air we can see that it is actually pretty compact, the largely in-tact Victorian center closely edged by modern commercial and residential buildings, with the giant cranes Samson and Goliath marking the cities historic ship building area.

Of course, we also have great views of the city hall and the opportunity to see that renovation actually is underway all over this part of the city. . . I guess we’ll have to come back again in a few years to see how it all turns out!

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London and Ireland 2009

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