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post #16 of 27
Pressfan, you must have just missed the Lisburn Road by a few yards. I would guess you were near the Europa Hotel, as you seem to know about the area from it towards the university. This is Great Victoria Street, and it leads onto the Lisburn Road. It is Belfast's designer district, and has numerous boutiques as well as restaurants as Virobono has mentioned. The most famous of these is Cayenne, previously Roscoffs, run by Paul Rankin who is a "celebrity" chef here in the UK. A fantastic meal can be had here for a very competitive price. The secret in Belfast is to get away for Royal Avenue/Donegal Place which are the main drag leading to the City Hall. This is the main shopping area, and has all the usual chain stores, but the various side streets contain some little gems, and this is where the fun can be had. Coleraine could be worth popping into if you are visiting this direction anyway, as it is only around 15 miles from the Giants Causeway. For a small town it has reasonable shopping, but for high end items, Bishops as I mentioned frequently sell Church's for around 40% off RRP, and Ken Youngs has all manner of Boss, Armani, and I think Zegna, if that is what you like, which I find amazing for a town of this size and economic status (I suppose the nearby Portrush and Portstewart are considered quite affluent) Belfast was bombed quite heavily on a few occassions during the war (it had the largest ship yard in the world), including one night where over 800 died, as they were unprepared, the thoughts of the authorities being the same as most people's reaction, namely it will be ok, it is too far away from Germany. (my Mother's street was heavily damaged and she was evacuated) Sharing a land border with a country that did not observe a blackout did not help, as it made finding the target rather easy. Add to that the terrorist campaign for 30 years, it meant that not only was it in need of major redevelopement, but it has only had a security situation where investors are prepared to risk the money to pay for such in the last few years, hence all the building work now. The murals are one of our top tourist attractions. Putting aside the politics and what some of them represent they are actually quite well done, and there is currently a move to have the more openly paramilitary, sectarian ones replaced with perhaps more cultural references, such as celebrating the works of CS Lewis, and our engineeering heritage (Titanic, vertical takeoff technology)
post #17 of 27
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Pressfan, you must have just missed the Lisburn Road by a few yards. I would guess you were near the Europa Hotel, as you seem to know about the area from it towards the university.
You are correct; I stayed at Jury's which was a very convenient location.  I quite enjoyed the Crown, and was there several times.  I remember Cayenne, as it had been recommended to me, but I thought the menu looked a bit too adventuresome.  I did walk down Great Victoria Street and Shaftesbury Square, but really don't remember Lisburn Road.  Drat. The bus tour of the murals certainly was interesting.  I agree more cultural references would be a welcome change from the somewhat repetitive political characters, but I guess that's the point, isn't it?  I wa surprised that the Titanic connection wasn't played up more.  Other than the memorial outside City Hall, there didn't seem to be any other mention of it.  I don't even recall an exhibit at the museum by the University.  However, given the building boom, perhaps something may be in the works. The shirt and tie shop I visited could very well be Smyth and Gibson.  I think it was near the BBC building and Pizza Express, if I recall correctly. The Thomas Pink shop at Heathrow is quite good and I have purchased from them in the past.  Unfortunately, the shirts seem to be sourced from offshore now, so it is unlikely I will be buying from them again (unless at deep discount).  I had a bad experience with the Burberry shop at Heathrow.  I saw a shirt I liked at Bond Street and it was confirmed in stock at Heathrow and held for me there (I thought I would save on the VAT refund paperwork).  Unfortunately, it cost MORE at Heathrow and turned out to be made in Morocco, not the U.K. which was clearly marked on the shirt in Bond Street.  Heathrow duty free is on the whole excellent - a virtual shopping mall.
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Coleraine could be worth popping into if you are visiting this direction anyway, as it is only around 15 miles from the Giants Causeway.
I would like to explore the area more.  I did the bus tour of the Giant's Causeway on a brilliantly sunny and warm day (extremely unusual, I am told) and will have to return to explore the area further. Thank you Nonk and ViroBono for your insights.  I think I will have to make another trip and will certainly ask for more recommendations before I go.
post #18 of 27
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I think Nonk and ViroBono ought to be paid by the Belfast tourist bureau. I have learned much from your posts. Belfast sounds very appealing--to visit and to shop. Thankyou.
post #19 of 27
Clarinetplayer wrote
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I think Nonk and ViroBono ought to be paid by the Belfast tourist bureau.
That would be nice, but I think I will try asking Alan McKelvey for a discount at Clarke and Dawe instead.
post #20 of 27
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Clarinetplayer wrote
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I think Nonk and ViroBono ought to be paid by the Belfast tourist bureau.
That would be nice, but I think I will try asking Alan McKelvey for a discount at Clarke and Dawe instead.
I already get discount.
post #21 of 27
Virobono Is that British Imperialist forces occupying the 6 counties discount? I have only bought one thing from them and it was already on discount, but if that is how you get it, I will try for jackbooted storm trooper of the discredited, unionist 6 county statelet discount myself. Can I ask how much you get off?
post #22 of 27
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They do not operate a formal mail order service, but it may be worth approaching the owner, Alan McKelvey, via the website.  
I sent Clarke and Dawe an e-mail to inquire if they do offer overseas mail order service.  I hope their reply is "yes".
post #23 of 27
The lovely Heather will be replying to you, and it should be the same day. Dont forget to mention that Viribono and Nonk have "bigged them up" so I can get a discount, and he can get a bigger discount.
post #24 of 27
Nonk - The discount for being a ruthless oppressor of the peace-loving residents of the Falls Road is usually around 10%, but varies.
post #25 of 27
Thanks VB, I will see if the will substitute the Creggan for the Falls and make my day.
post #26 of 27
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The lovely Heather will be replying to you, and it should be the same day. Dont forget to mention that Viribono and Nonk have "bigged them up" so I can get a discount, and he can get a bigger discount.
Alas, it has been three days since I sent the email to Clarke and Dawe and have yet to receive a reply from "the lovely Heather".  
post #27 of 27
I am truely surprised, I received a reply to mine when I initially contacted them within 24 hours.
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