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: Tour Guide

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From Connemara.

We had the most excellent tour guide on our Vagabond tour of Ireland.  Traveling small in the Vagatron (seen above) let us do all kinds of spontaneous things.  For example, our guide simply pulled over on the side of the road in Connemara, and we all got out to look at a peat bog firsthand.  I can’t remember which mountains those are in the background; there are a lot of mountains in Connemara.  It’s a beautiful place to see up close.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

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: Variations on a Theme

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From Co Cork, Ireland.

I’ve been waiting for a challenge like this!  I call this slidehow Five Ways of Looking at a Lighthouse.

We walked the Bullig Bay Loop on the Beara Peninsula, just across the water from Ardnakinna Lighthouse on Bere Island.  We passed through several different terrains, and in each one we got a different view of the lighthouse.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think mine might be the view from the marshy inlet.  We had to pause at that spot for a bit because one of our group got separated and the guide had to backtrack to find her.  It all turned out well, though, and we had a lovely walk.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

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