Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet

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From Dublin.

I’m not one to Instagram my every meal, but I took a lot of photos of food when we were in Ireland.  We had so many beautiful and tasty meals!  One of my favorites was the afternoon tea my mom and I had at Gallaher’s in Dublin.  There were scones, sandwiches, and pastries, plus of course tea.  It was delicious and a very fun experience.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

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From Dublin.

The National Library in Dublin has a wonderful exhibit on the Irish poet W.B. Yeats that is definitely worth taking a look at.  At the entrance, visitors are invited to list their favorite poem.  I’m sure some people wrote the name of one of Yeats’ poems, as he and his poems are much loved in Ireland and across the world.

I wrote “This Is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams, which has long been my favorite poem.

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

From Dublin.

This is Grafton Street, a busy shopping district in the heart of Dublin.  We had a lot of fun walking down it looking in shops, buying sweets, and watching the street performers.  It has been completely pedestrianized, which makes for a nice commercial district.

This photo, however, was taken on an early Sunday morning as my mom and I went to meet our departing tour bus.  I was struck by how quiet the area seemed in contrast to its usual bustle: stores and restaurants closed, only a few people here and there on the wet morning sidewalk.  It was a different side of Dublin, peaceful and full of promise.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

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

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Glow