Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Wee Bit of Belfast, Ireland


I have been a little quiet for a week because I had the opportunity to accompany my husband on a business trip to Belfast, Ireland, which is located in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom.  Belfast is the capital of and largest city in Northern Ireland, as well as the second largest city on the island of Ireland. (All photos will enlarge if clicked on once and then again when it opens on a new page)


This was the second time I visited Northern Ireland, but the first time that I had the chance to explore the beautiful, interesting, and at times complicated, city of Belfast. As you can see in the photo collage above it is a city full of Victorian charm and also modern conveniences. I'll be showing more of the city on my blog in the next few posts and some of the very scenic areas of along the coastline Glens of Antrim and the Giant's Causeway.

I hope you'll enjoy seeing this most beautiful area of Ireland!

Joining with Mary's "Mosaic Monday" on her blog The Little Red House. Click on the link to see her beautiful mosaic and the links to all the blogs participating today.




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59 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pat, I caught up on your blog posts while you were gone --but didn't comment...

I've been waiting on you to get back... Can't wait to see more pictures of Ireland. You are one very lucky lady....

Fabulous mosaic --and fabulous place.
Hugs,
Betsy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH MY! I love your mosaic..but that last photo! Could the ocean be any more blue? What a pristine area! Great photos, Pat! ♥

sueskitchen said...

Lovely mosaic and opportunity Pat! I have never been to Ireland although I do have friends who live there. One day I will take them up on their offer to stay with them. Just beautiful!

Lily Hydrangea said...

what a wonderful place to visit! all of the buildings look beautiful.
I can't wait to see more Pat.

podso said...

What a wonderful mosaic! Lots to see. Thanks for the mini tour and looking forward to more. it's so nice you could go along with your husband. And the ocean scene--such a wonderful blue!

The Gathering Place said...

I also love Ireland. I went to Belfast during the early 70's when there was a lot of violence and unrest. We drove straight through the town and were not allowed to stop anywhere. I guess I just need to go again! Your photos are beautiful.

Vee said...

Yay! You're home. I think. What a beautiful coastline...simply gorgeous scenery. Hope that you are getting rested up for your next big adventure.

Viki said...

Boy, you are the lucky one. Pictures are just beautiful.

Claudia said...

Welcome home, world traveller! I still need to see the Giant Causeway - and I never yearned for it as much as when I gazed on your breathtaking photo. My lead character in my new play is from war-town Belfast circa 1969. And she has the Irish magic.

Farmchick said...

That last photo is just breathtaking! You take the best trips! Next time you will have to put me in your pocket ;)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

yes, yes, do show us more. I've been to Ireland, but never to Belfast, so I am eager to live vicariously through your posts.

Sheila said...

It's wonderful that your husband has a job that takes him to so many interesting places. Belfast looks like it has some buildings that might remind you of the buildings in New York. My sisters and I are hoping to take a bus trip together. I loved my trip to Ireland but have not been to Northern Ireland so I'm looking forward to seeing The Giant's Causeway through your camera's lens.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Gorgeous views! If you ever need a travel companion...just saying :)

Sea Witch said...

My grandfather's place of birth. I have not yet traveled to Ireland yet, but it is a place I will visit one day. Sea Witch

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Spectacular photos of a beautiful place...
Have a beautiful week!!!

Proud Italian Cook said...

One day I hope to visit beautiful Ireland, but for now I'll be happy to see it through your eyes!

Sara said...

How fun I get to visit Belfast through your eyes! I love to see where you go when you get a getaway!

Ginny said...

The last picture is beautiful!!! I can't wait, I love everything about Ireland, I had all the Riverdance shows, and I have tons of Celtic music.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I would love to visit Ireland! :D

I am visiting from Mosaic Monday.

Sarah said...

Mary, I was hoping we would see some trip photos soon. These are gorgeous. So glad you had this opportunity. Ireland is on our travel list. ~ Sarah

Lovella ♥ said...

Hi Pat. .oh that last picture of the coast is absolutely breath taking. What a wonderful opportunity for you to travel along with your husband.
The mosaics are just filled with reasons I need to go!

Betsy said...

OOoh...lucky you! How very fun! Love the mosaic...the photos are amazing!

Kris said...

Oh you lucky lady! I would love to visit Ireland one day. I can't wait to see more of your lovely photos.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful trip!! I would love to go to Ireland someday.

Barbara F. said...

Great photos as always, I would love to be standing on those cliffs (but not too close to the edge!). Welcome back, xo

Carol said...

You go to such spectacular places, Pat! Stunning shots, looking forward to more!

Jeanne said...

Hello Pat, it has been way too long since I have visited you. How awesome that you traveled to Northern Ireland with your hubs. Even it it was for business I know it was a wonderful time.Your mosaic sums up the wonderful charm of that beautiful city. The ocean photo is so pretty and blue.

We are going to Ireland and England for our anniversary in two years. The big 50. Wow, how did time go by so fast? I know we will love those countries.

Hope all is well and your new grandson is thriving.
Hugs, Jeanne

Lorrie said...

How wonderful to be able to visit Ireland. That shot of the coastline is stunning. And the mosaic - lots of interesting details.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos and mosaic of Ireland. It looks beautiful. A trip to Ireland is on my bucklet list. Tharing for sharing your trip.

Ola said...

You are lucky to have such wonderful travel opportunities!
Beautiful sea on the last picture

Old Kitty said...

Pat!! There you are!!!!! WOW!!!

You make Belfast look so gorgeous!! It's not a place that calls to me but I just know you'll change my mind asap with your fabulous posts about your trip!! I can't wait!!

Take care
x

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Pat, you are a very lucky girl!! Australia and now Ireland!! You live an exciting life!! So glad to get to travel vicariously with you! blessings ~ tanna

Tracy said...

Welcome home, Pat! LOVE seeing a glimpse of the Giant's Causeway! I long to see the coastal areas of Ireland--just so beautiful! And not least tiny hints of Belfast... So glad you got to go! Can't wait to see more! ;o) Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS))

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I love Ireland. Beautiful photos Pat and aren't you so lucky to have been. V

Jo said...

Hey Pat!..How exciting!
I would love to visit Ireland and see all the sights,Yall are so blessed to be able to travel together,and enjoy the wonders.
Can't wait to see the post and more pictures.
~JO
LazyonLoblolly

Snap said...

WOW, Pat! wonderful! I'll carry your bags on your next trip! :D :D :D

diane b said...

I wondered where you were. You sure get around. It is so good that you are able to tag along on your husband's business trips. The weather looks good on the green island. I'm looking forward to your pics as we only saw the southern Republic of Ireland.

Naturegirl said...

Pat such a beautiful scene your last image! I hope to visit Ireland one day so I'll keep watch of your posts!Love the tall glasses of Guiness in one of the shots!Cheers!

Sciarada said...

Ciao Pat, I still have not been in Ireland from your photos looks really apprezarne!
Have a good day!

Gracie said...

Ireland, the emerald island..... I want so badly to come back!

H said...

I must visit Ireland. Everyone tells me how lovely it is. My son's friend is at the University in Belfast at present and another friend was at Bible college there last year.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful shots, Pat. I think I prefer the South. :)
Actually, I just got some Royal Mail! My invite to the big wedding?

Sara said...

You are so blessed to have a traveling husband who can take you along on business trips! Marvelous. Ireland is at the top of my list...with all this Irish blood in my veins, how could it be otherwise. I shall enjoy visiting through your eyes, as I've never (yet) been.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'm ashamed to say I've never been thre so it's great to see your pics. Happy Easter to you.

Houseelf said...

What a beautiful coastline. There is so much history in the area you can almost feel it under your feet. LOL

It sounds like you had a marvellous time.

Oliag said...

You two are quite the travelers!! Hope to see more of this trip in the future:)

Lisa@GrandmasBriefs said...

I can't wait to read more about your lovely trip. Ha! Fibber Magee! Surely an interesting story behind that place! Looking forward to it all ... plus news and photos of the precious grandbabes!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Wow,This looks lovely! Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas

Yvette said...

Pat: Great photos, you lucky world traveler you. Thanks for sharing with us. Just another lovely post.

Theanne and Baron said...

Hi Pat...exciting to accompany husband on trips abroad! Love the photos of Northern Ireland! Looking forward to more!

nanny said...

Oh pat, you are so lucky to visit such wonderful places!!! The ocean shot is breathtaking!!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I was thinking about you...as you were exploring Belfast on your own. It looks like a wonderful city...and I look forward to hearing/seeing more, with you as our guide!

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I've always wanted to go to the British Isles....that shoreline shot is FABULOUS!

Glad you got the chance to see it again!!

Beverly said...

Just look at you. You've had some great adventures lately. And, we all benefit because you are the best at sharing.

Sue said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Ireland! Glad you had a nice visit, Pat. I can't believe you thought of me and the decaying homestead going back to the land! Do you like Guinness? I am not a fan! Too hevy for me. LOL Hope you have a joyous Easter Celebration. hugs, Sue

From the Kitchen said...

Another wonderful trip with your husband! I'm looking forward to my visit to Northern Ireland with you.

Best,
Bonnie

Joyce said...

Lucky you! I love Ireland. Can't wait for more photos. Happy Easter.
Joyce

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I would love to travel to Europe one day. Italy,Ireland,and Switzerland are all on bucket list. Beautiful photos.

Annie said...

Its wonderful that you got to go along.
The photos, as always, are lovely. I especially like the ocean photo.

Have the best weekend!