TSOBlog goes to Belfast

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So two weeks ago we headed to one of my favourite cities, Belfast. I have quite a lot of family there as all my dads side are from Belfast. I went to Belfast in the summer & just fell in love. It’s amazing there. The shopping, the bars, the food, just everything about it. The drive only takes just over an hour from Dublin so it’s grand. I actually would love to buy an apartment there, it’s literally that good.

We stayed in one of the Central Belfast Apartments which were gorgeous. This was our apartment HERE. We were met by the lovely Dave & his wife on arrival who showed us around and got everything set up. He even told us about some new bars that had opened in the city.. The apartment was fully equipped with everything we possibly needed and perfect for families of someone on business. They are also located in excellent locations in the lively Belfast city centre.Each of the Belfast apartments are N.Ireland Tourist Board certified and finished to a high standard. It’s kind of like a home from home. They even leave you tea, coffee, Tayto & a bottle of wine to enjoy during your stay. They even had a massive chalkboard and Mr & Mrs mugs which I loved.

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After settling in, it was off to the Christmas market. I couldn’t wait to see the Christmas market. I had heard lots of things about it and it looked so good. When we arrived there was carol singers and a big crowd already. There was so many different stalls from marshmallow roasting to donuts, burgers to paella, mulled wine to steak, they had everyone covered. The stalls were really unique gifts and some things I’d never seen before. We ate chorizo paella and drank mulled wine before doing some shopping and headed home. I wasn’t well on the first night unfortunately so we decided to rest & stay in.

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The next day we got up early and headed into Victoria Square for some shopping and a bite to eat. I love Victoria Square for shopping, it’s huge. A few hours looking around and it was back in the car. Next stop was The Giants Causeway, somewhere I’d wanted to see forever. Wow!!! It didn’t disappoint. It was AMAAAAAZING. We got there in light but it slowly went dark as we were there, it was cool. It’s crazy to think that there are 40,000 rocks there. I’m so glad I saw it now. It was something on my bucket list for this year so I’m glad I ticked off something else.

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On the way back to Belfast there was unreal songs on the radio so this got us excited for our night out. We went for dinner in this beautiful chinese called The Duck House. This wasn’t like an normal Chinese, it was so quirky & the cocktails were so good too. I’d highly recommend it as the food was really really good. Another good place I recommend for dinner is Coppi. It’s a tapas style restaurant and another one of my favourites. After dinner we went back to the apartment, had a drink, changed & out the door we went. There are just soooo many really cool bars in Belfast so it was time to explore. Sean wanted to take me to a couple I’d never been before. First stop was my personal favourite, The Perch. It’s a rooftop garden that serves really good cocktails. It’s so pretty and the decor is just WOW!!!! After a couple there it was in a taxi & onto the next bar which was The Harp Bar. This is a very traditional bar and one packed full of tourists. It was JAMMED with people and live music playing. We made friends with these English guys and had a laugh. Our last stop was The Dirty Onion which is slick. I loved this place too. It’s the oldest bar in Belfast. We had been up since super early so we were wrecked. I think we headed home at 2am but Belfast stays open into the very early hours of the morning but we just couldn’t do it. I really wanted to go to my other favourite bar, The Tipsy Bird but we didn’t make it. The next day it was early check out and off home.

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I absolutely love the city and couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone who’s never been. There is soooo much to do and see. I’ve done the Titanic experience before too which was really fascinating. Sean wants to do the Black Taxi tour next time we are there, apparently it’s really interesting too. I think another visit in Summer will be had. As nice as it is in Winter with the market, I think I prefer it in Summer. There are so many cool rooftop bars that open in Summer in Belfast so it’s well worth the trip. If you are going to stay in Belfast, I highly recommend the Central Belfast Apartments.

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I want to thank Dave for a lovely stay and we already look forward to coming back next summer.

Love Aoibhe xxx

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