For those who didn’t know, since I’ve been so absent in the blogosphere lately, I recently took a trip to Ireland with my sister.
Before you ask, no, I’m not made of money. She and I found a great deal on Groupon and couldn’t pass up the opportunity. It was an interesting trip. I had a lot of fun, but so many things went wrong, it bordered on hilarity and insanity. Heh.
So I thought I’d share a few photos that have my imagination whirling and helped fuel some writing while abroad.
This is Malahide Castle, just north of Dublin. It’s about 1,000 years old and was begun just after the Vikings invaded Ireland.
Inside of Malahide Castle. I just adore old architecture.
That orange paint was specifically designed for the ancient family who lived here–the Tablots. Also, as point of reference, Margaret Thatcher sat in one of those chairs when she was PM.
Glendalough, in County Wicklow.
Upper Lake in Glendalough. Braveheart was filmed in and around these hills.
The ruins of an ancient cathedral in a monastic city in Glendalough. Ancient buildings inspire so much in my imagination.
Smithwick’s. They make whiskey. Basically, they’re the equivalent of Jameson’s in the city of Kilkenny, another super old city in Ireland.
The Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s western coast. That’s the Atlantic Ocean right there. Anybody remember that cave? Hmm?? It made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
More of the Cliffs. I could easily have used up all 9,000 shots in my camera at this locale.
The Cliffs of Insanity!!!! Princess Bride was shot here, as well, if anyone remembers those scenes.
Can you tell I love architecture yet? Especially old churches. This one isn’t that old, actually, but beautiful, nonetheless.
None of these photos have filters of any kind, I promise. I took about 700 pictures on this trip. Some are much better than these, others are much worse, but I find myself drawn to these and a few others.
Have you ever been to Ireland? Where/when did you go? What was your favorite area? Do you like these pictures and find them as inspiring as I do?
“The tune was sad, as the best of Ireland was, melancholy and lovely as a lover’s tears.”
― Nora Roberts,
“It is an ancient land, honoured in the archives of civilisation. Every great European race has sent its stream to the river of the Irish mind.”
― Thomas Davis ‘Literary and Historical Essays’