We’re going to start this week’s walk by consuming one of the tastiest breakfasts that exists! Perhaps something to do with its other-worldly location…
Stepping through the wardrobe and dodging the fur coats overhead may make you expect cold snow and a scary adventure. Whereas, in fact, you will receive a warm welcome and a very tempting menu in this Belfast coffee house.
“She began to walk forward, crunch-crunch over the snow and
through the wood towards the other light. In about ten minutes
she reached it and found it was a lamp-post.”
Once you have enjoyed your Ulster fry, acclaimed breakfast burger or scrummy French toast, we will take a leisurely walk back into central Belfast.
The cafe sits on Upper Newtownard Road, about 2½ miles from the Parliament buildings at Stormont. But we are heading in the opposite direction this morning, so turn left when you leave the cafe.
It’s not a long walk back to town, but there is a vast selection of street art to enjoy as you walk through the traditionally working-class Protestant district, with strong links to the nearby Harland & Wolff shipyard.
Belfast is a city full of murals. If you take a close look, many of them will identify the religious and political views of the area you are in, carrying strong reminders of the traumatic recent past.
The skilled artwork will certainly not remove the sadness that is often depicted.
However, there is also a strong focus on peace and understanding.
Now, I mentioned earlier, that this part of the city has close links to the shipbuilding industry. The giant Harland & Wolff cranes are still readily visible and there are many reminders of the hard work and engineering triumph, and the traumatic demise, of the Titanic.
We are now almost back to the centre of town now, so one more look at the iconic cranes…
…then down onto the riverside footpath and along to the Albert Bridge, the winter home to the starlings and their stunning murmurations.
The Lamppost Cafe, 19 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast – inspired by the owner’s love of Belfast-born C.S. Lewis’s Narnia
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 28 March 2016
(all images: Belfast, March 2016)
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