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Old 03-18-2008, 02:08 PM
 
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left belfast in 1953, been in usa since, was back once(1978), was appaled to see the burnt out buildings & drunks on street.
googled map of belfast a few days ago, was supprised to see a shopping center in what was Celtic park, & the new homes & roadways, yes the old row houses were still there but lots of autos & changes. i wonder if the old religious thing is still going on, any one.
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:57 PM
 
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Funnily enough I watched Anthony Bourdain's 'No Reservations' yesterday, on Ireland, and he covered a lot of Belfast, talked to local people who were saying the two 'sides' are coming together, young people socialising and the place is doing really well economically. Lots of good restaurants too! Belfast folk are grand.
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:18 AM
 
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thats wounderful to hear, am planing a trip back next year, it will be nice to travel without the worry. thanks
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:47 PM
 
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And read an interesting piece in this week's Guardian Weekly that Northern Ireland generally has seen an economic upturn, rising levels of employment, prosperity etc. Looking good!
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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We were in Belfast last year getting our visas for the US - much simpler and quicker than London. We loved the place. We stayed for two nights and found the people very friendly and the area to be lovely. After our visa interview which wasn't far from the town, we walked back instead of getting a taxi. We popped into the Botanic Gardens which was lovely and peaceful, we walked around Queens University, there were lots of nice coffee bars and boutique type shops there. We noticed that some buildings in Belfast were boarded up but right next door they would be developing. The river area has some very nice looking apartments on it and there is also a big shopping mall being built in the area. The whole area has an optimistic feel to it. Also, it is still full of locals which I loved. We visited Dublin a few years ago and whilst the city is lovely, it felt a bit touristy. Belfast feels more real.
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:35 PM
 
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thanks for all the positive feed back, am looking forward to my trip
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Old 04-07-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: England/Wales
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left belfast in 1953, been in usa since, was back once(1978), was appaled to see the burnt out buildings & drunks on street.
googled map of belfast a few days ago, was supprised to see a shopping center in what was Celtic park, & the new homes & roadways, yes the old row houses were still there but lots of autos & changes. i wonder if the old religious thing is still going on, any one.
Certainly no strong feelings from me in either direction on the subject but I watched this tonight and it was an eye opener..

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Panorama | Panorama: Divide and Rule
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Old 04-10-2008, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland
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well i noticed nobody from the north has added a reply so il chip in here seeing as i live here!

Northern ireland as a whole is doing really well right now, unemployment is down, housing developments are springing up everywhere and the whole province is becoming more prosporous. (sp)

The religion thing is still an issue. And in a way it always will be. However, there is 'peace' in Northern Ireland now. As the Panorama programme showed, there still are barriers and walls between communities and to be honest i wont see them coming down for a while yet. That said alot of effort is being put into community projetcs, integrated schools are key also now to bring denominations together.

That said, Belfast and Northern ireland in general has so so much to offer now. You are correct about the shopping complex, i presume you mean Victoria Square? I really would recommend a visit, the city really has changed and is a world away from the 70s. The Troubles are interesting to alot of people so the council also runs a Red Bus tour around the city and it does take you into the 'interface' areas to sight see all the murals etc that have been painted.

I could go on all day about the new things the province has to offer, but you really should come visit again to see for yourself!
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Old 04-12-2008, 10:16 PM
 
Location: PERTH AUSTRALIA
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I agree with previous post. We lived in NI for 2 years in the 70's. Inspite of the 'troubles' I fell in love with the place and the people. We made friends quickly.I talked to everyone, in the shops ,at the library,on the bus and always had a good response.
We never went back until 2002 but have been 3 times since. The place is now thriving,and housing has gone up in some areas 50% in 4 years. There are good restaurants etc.and the countryside is still glorious.I can see the yellow gorse and the Mourne mountains in my mind's eye!
I could live there again tomorrow given the chance. It is my favourite place in Britain apart from my own native South Wales!
I say to people GO you will not be disappointed!
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:52 AM
 
Location: t' grim north
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I got to Belfast last year for a couple of nights through work. Wasn't expecting much, never been before. Now I can't say that I saw more than the nice city centre part but I thought it was great. Would like to go back and explore a bit more - and that's without venturing in to the beautiful country side. Nice people.
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