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: Peek

From Cahersiveen, County Kerry.

Ballycarbery castle peeks out above one of its stone walls.  The castle, which dates from around the 15th/16th centuries, is now in ruins, but parts still stand majestic over the landscape.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Glow