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monday in the city

by greenrabbitdesigns


My Hb had a day off yesterday so we decided to take a trip to the city, we normally ‘do’ Belfast on a Saturday but it was lovely to have a little more space to look around as the Saturday crowds at this time of year are huge!


We first took a trip out to the east of the city, the home of the iconic Samson and Goliath as I wanted to pay a visit to the lovely Textile Studio.


East Belfast is also the birthplace of C S Lewis and here’s the man himself looking into his wardrobe.

After a delicious lunch in the lovely Lindores Coffee House where we had our tea served in vintage tea cups we headed into the city centre.


The Continental Market is in the grounds of the City Hall at the moment and it was great to be able to walk around it and actually see something, to be honest I wouldn’t even attempt this on a Saturday afternoon.


Lovely to see a little bit of France under the dome of the city hall!

Christmas Market 1 Collage

No shortage of reindeer here!


When I saw this jolly Nutcracker it reminded me of my lovely blog friend Sally. If you read Mollie Makes magazine you will have seen Sally’s very clever Nutcracker pattern in this months issue!

Christmas Market 2 Collage


The City Hall is looking lovely with it’s many changing colours!

So we had a very enjoyable afternoons shopping in festive Belfast, I can highly recommend Monday city shopping especially at this time of year.

Happy Tuesday, we’re starting to look at bit festive at home too, the trees are up! 🙂

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ali December 3, 2013 - 3:06 pm

lovely photos of the City Hall….hope you didn’t spend too much in the Textile studio.

Amanda December 3, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Looks like a great place to visit to put you in a Christmas mood….

Jane December 3, 2013 - 5:46 pm

What lovely photos Vivienne and how nice to enjoy this without the crowds. Happy Wednesday xx

Elizabeth December 3, 2013 - 11:40 pm

Lovely Christmas photos, brings back lots of memories. Cool and raining here to day. HB and I are going to a under cover shopping centre today, I will be thinking of Belfast. Thank you Vivienne enjoy the rest of the week. Elizabeth x x

Sara CP-Wilson December 4, 2013 - 12:53 am

lovely Christmassy photos…. We don’t get that here in Thailand!

Sharon December 4, 2013 - 6:11 am

What a fabulous tour of the city, love the City Hall in all it’s glory, looks as if you had the perfect day.

leon10 December 4, 2013 - 8:50 am

lovely christmas market (fair) its a bit like the german ones lovely to see belfast at christmas time with twinkeling lights en decorations have a nice day leon10

helen philipps December 4, 2013 - 10:52 am

I loved this post, such gorgeous Christmassy pictures. What a beautiful city Belfast is, and such wonderful decorations. I am feeling even more festive now 🙂
Have a happy day, Vivienne!
Helen x

Patty December 4, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Hi Vivienne, really enjoyed seeing your trip out, Belfast looks such a brilliant place. The buildings look magnificent in festive colours. I like weekdays in the big cities, there’s always more chance to look around and a different atmosphere to a heaving Saturday. Thank you for snapping the nutcracker for me, he’s very lovely, I’d like one that size! Maybe I could make a massive fabric one next year! 🙂 x

Chrissie Crafts December 4, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Your photos are stunning! Talk about getting in the mood for Christmas – you found the perfect place to kick off the festivities! Thank you for sharing, Chrissie x

Liz in Missouri, USA December 4, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Oh – Beautiful Belfast at Christmastime. One of these days I’m going to get there. Lovely photos, Vivienne!

Simone December 4, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Belfast city looks wonderful with many tempting goodies at the market. I would have bought some of the French soap for sure! I wouldn’t attempt to go shopping at the weekend now. It’s manic!!! Belfast certainly looks like the place to be! x

Serendipity December 4, 2013 - 5:07 pm

What a great place to visit. The market looks lovely and the lights in the trees always add a festive air!

helenjean December 4, 2013 - 11:32 pm

When did the City Hall ever look so beautiful? I didn’t realise they were changing the coloured lights. One day I am going on a Belfast walk with my camera, love the CS Lewis statue. And….now I have to buy yet another magazine to see the Nutcracker thing.

Erika Lee Sears December 5, 2013 - 5:45 am

Wow love all the holiday spirit. Can you believe its almost Christmas?

Anne D.T. December 5, 2013 - 12:41 pm

SO beautiful Vivienne, lovely city Christmassy sights. I would not like the Saturday crowds, either. Good luck with your brooches.
I’m wearing mine this December.
Happy Thurs.
Anne xx

Madelief December 5, 2013 - 8:18 pm

Belfast looks beautiful with the Christmas decorations! The first photo is my favourite. Such a beautiful building. Love the lights in the trees.

Happy weekend ahead Vivienne!

Madelief x

sewing room secrets December 9, 2013 - 12:04 am

Great pics of the City Hall! I didn’t get into town on my trip home last month, so it is lovely to see Belfast looking all Christmassy! x

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