Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental

From Dublin.

I don’t particularly like Guinness; in fact, I would never willingly order any kind of stout here in the US.  But I heard the rumors that Guinness actually tastes different in Ireland (specifically in Dublin at the Guinness Storehouse), so I figured I had to at least try it while I was there.  I only got a half pint in case it was still terrible.

Guess what: the rumors are right.  I actually enjoyed this Guinness, which managed to be smooth and almost creamy and not totally bitter like I’m used to.  Some times experimenting pays off.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

From Beara Peninsula.

The weather in Ireland is gloriously temperamental.  You might feel a bit bad for these boaters with that dark cloud rolling in, but chances are it was gone again just as soon.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rounded

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From County Kerry.

Cahergal is a stone fort that possibly dates from the seventh century.  It has been reconstructed as much as possible so it’s a great place to walk around and get a glimpse of history.  The tall outer wall has layers of stone steps built into it, so you can climb up and get quite a view (including a glimpse of the nearby Ballycarbery Castle, as seen in this photo.)  The interior smaller circle I believe was a living area.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Glow

From Trinity College, Dublin.

Libraries always seem like magical places to me.  The library at Trinity College (which also houses the Book of Kells) certainly has a magical gallery.  The sun shining through the window of this alcove gives the stacks of books a warmth that echoes my own feelings of contentment at being in such a place.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

From Cashel, Co Tipperary.

The Rock of Cashel is always an impressive and beautiful sight from any angle.  But standing among the graves, looking up at the round tower that nearly blocks the sun, you can really get a sense of the scale of the place.

And not only in size, but also in history, too: the round tower and several other parts of the structure date from the 1100s.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale