Well, plans for the summer holiday are coming along swimmingly, and the excitement is building. One person already has so far asked for a postcard; I recommend that if you want one, you should sign up fast, as they are clearly going to be popular.
When deciding what to do, I felt that it was important to visit both well-known and lesser-known attractions; so, having acquired as many leaflets as I could respectably carry from the tourist place, eliminated everything that I'd already visited and everything I had to pay for (these overlapped quite a lot; my father's financial astuteness meant that most of my childhood days out were spent at free places), I came up with a list of possible options. These were grouped according to location, and travel etc. was considered.
Thus I have formed an itinerary, and present it to you now: (please note that the days might not happen in order; it depends on opening times etc)
Day 1: City Centre - mostly churches
St. Malachy's Church, Albert Street (although this is possibly closed for repair)
St George's Church, High Street
War Memorial and Home Front Exhibition
Writers' Square (possibly have lunch here or hereabouts)
St Anne's Cathedral
Sinclair Seamen's Church
War Memorial Building
Belfast Exposed Exhibition
If I have time left over, I will also visit the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Linenhall Library and Central Library.
Day 2: West Belfast
Fernhill House - the people's museum, which costs £2 to get in, but which houses 'the largest collection of Loyal Orders Memorabilia in the world' and cannot, therefore, reasonably be missed.
Belfast Castle, Cave Hill and perhaps the zoo
Day 3: Bits and Bobs (to be done by bike)
St Peter's Cathedral (possibly this will move to Day 2 if there is time)
Laganside Art Trail - I will endeavour to find and photograph each piece of art (I may do a few of these during the other days, since, for example, there is one in Writers' Square)
Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory - ho, yes, sweeties
So this is the plan. I'm not sure about travel arrangements for Day 2; whether to drive or take the bus. If anyone can tell me how to get to Clonard Monastery from a bus route, I'd be grateful. Day 3, being navigated by bike, is rather weather-dependent, so it may have to wait if next week is very wet. Also, I had forgotten that I promised I'd visit my parents next week, so I may have to postpone some of the activities until the following week. But I will keep you informed.