life through the lens
I spent a weekend in Belfast in January 2008.
Northern Ireland's version of the Pound Sterling is very distinctive, most notably the Queen is absent.
The Wheel of Belfast stands next to the City Hall in Belfast's city centre
The Wheel of Belfast is a temporary attraction, possibly ending in March 2008. Visit their website here
Belfast's City Hall is at the heart of the city
City Hall, Belfast
The Wheel of Belfast's gondolas 'sail' past the City Hall
City Hall, in Donegall Square, Belfast
Donegall Square, Belfast
There's some good views from the Wheel of Belfast.
Looking westwards over City Hall - Belfast
Albert Memorial Clocktower - Belfast
Samson (or Goliath?), a Harland & Wolff shipyard crane, as seen from Custom House Square, Belfast
The Lagan river flows through the east of Belfast's city centre
The Crown Bar Liquor Saloon is a tourist haunt, opposite the Grand opera House, Belfast
The Grand Opera House was reconstructed following a 1993 bomb - Belfast
Murals in support of the Basque country and Cuba line Falls Road, a Catholic dominated area of Belfast
On the left is a mural dedicated to Kieran Nugent, the first 'blanketman' - Belfast
More about the man here
A Garden of Remembrance to fallen Republicans - Falls Road, Belfast
Bobby Sands was a member of the Provisional IRA who died during the 1981 hunger strike at the Maze prison near Lisburn.
Northumberland Street links the Falls Road to the Protestant dominated Shankill Road.
Entering the Shankill Road from Northumberland Street, Belfast.
More on the UVF here
Holding the Good Friday Agreement - a mural on Shankill Road, Belfast. More info on the Agreement here
Honouring dead UVF volunteers - Shankill Road, Belfast
A mural dedicated to the Queen Mother, who died in 2002 - Shankill Road, Belfast
Queen's University, Belfast
The Parliament Building at Stormont is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly - Belfast
Statue of Edward Carson in front of the Parliament Building, Stormont - Belfast
Parliament Building, Stormont - Belfast
Looking out from Stormont over the outskirts of east Belfast
The Lagan river, Belfast
The Merchant Hotel is one of the more expensive options in Belfast
A side-street off Donegall Place, Belfast
An early Winter's morning on the city walls at Bishop's Gate, Derry
Close to Bishop's Gate and inside the city walls is St Columb's cathedral - Derry
The 17th century city walls of Derry
Cannons point towards the Foyle river, Derry
River Foyle, Derry
O'Doherty's Tower houses the Tower Museum - Derry
Inside the city walls - Derry
An Anthony Gormley statue in Derry
The Bogside area of Derry, seen here from Bishop's Gate, is a Catholic section of the city
Motorman, one of the Bogside murals, depicts a British soldier smashing in a house door in the Bogside area in 1972 - Derry
A Bloody Sunday mural in the Bogside, Derry
More info on Bloody Sunday here
'You Are Now Entering Free Derry' - a Bogside mural, Derry
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