Ah, the ulster fry. How i miss ye here on the continent. I cannot wait to get back there and eat ye, im sick of croissants and coffee.
here's all you need for a good ulster fry......
buy yourself some potato bread and soda bread (ormo bakeries do the best i think, in the clear packets with the pink label) mushrooms, baked beans (yes, we brits do eat orange baked beans!) eggs, bacon, sausages, and black and white pudding if you can get it.. and tomatoes Fry it all, except the beans. Dont be a chicken and grill it, the fats the best part. Eat with a cup of milky tea and 2 pieces of toast on the side. Oh, and hash browns, although i think theyre more scottish but anyway.
‘The Waterfall of Souvenirs’
I'm afraid that my photos don't do justice to this mosaic sculpture located in the Europa Bus Station. It is entitled 'Waterfall of Souvenirs' and it was created by the Belfast born John Kindness.
If you wander out to the riverside, to Donegal Quay, you'll find another of his works of art- 'Big Fish', which is covered in delft blue tiles. This was completed in 1999
John Kindness was born in Belfast in 1951, but now lives in Dublin. He studied at Belfast College of Art.
This new bus centre opened in 1989, and the sculpture was commissioned and completed in 1991. It was funded by Translink and the Arts Council of Belfast.
The sculpture is 5 metres high and depicts a waterfall/avalanche of ceramic mosaics that show aspects of Irish memorabilia. It shows the places linked by the Ulsterbus service (from this terminus)
The artist wanted to encapsulate a community feel, and asked for donations of ceramic souvenirs from the Ulster region. These were then broken down and sorted, and many were used in this work of art. Ulster Fries, Guinness (Although this is from Dublin), Whisky, shamrocks, The Giants Causeway, public buildings, cathedrals, churches, beauty spots, wildlife etc are all portrayed. Some pieces were made from scratch.
I really liked this sculpture.
Three bars & a club
Robinsons is a few doors down from the Crown but is notably bigger. The main bar is good for sports with several plasma screens then there is a more traditional 'irish' bar at the rear known as Fibber Magees where folk bands routinely play. Downstairs is BT1 which has unisex toilets and upstairs is Mezza nightclub.
Never made it to Mezza but others all have their good points depending on what you are after.
Excellent restaurant in a great setting, the restaurant is a former ships chandler and retains a nautical theme with coastal charts as wall paper, portholes and plenty of brasswork.
Dined here several times and have often recommended it to friends visiting Belfast. Was always a treat to dine out here.
Friendly & helpfull staff but book to avoid disapointment as can be very busy (even for lunch). The salmon was always good and the puddings are difficult to avoid.
Victoria Square Shopping Centre
This shopping centre is laid out on four floors over an area of approx 800,000ft² (75,000m²) . Its 'anchor tennant' is the House of Fraser department store, which takes up 200,000ft² (18,581m²). It is the largest of this chains shops, that has been opened by the company, instead of their usual practice of taking over existing stores.
As well as shops, there are bars, restaurants, an Odeon Cinema (with 8 screens), Underground Car Parking (1,000 spaces) and residential accommodation
This is one of the biggest and most expensive developments in Northern Ireland, built at a cost of £400 Million! It took over 6 years to build, by Multi Development UK. Around 3,000 people were employed in its construction. (Around a further 3,000 people are employed in the centre) It opened its doors to the public on the 6th March 2008.
to be continued......
Mon- Tues 0900- 1900
Wed - Fri 0900 - 2100
Saturday 0900 -2100
and Sunday 1300 - 1800