Ireland · photography

Guinness Storehouse – Ireland

On the last evening of our Spring Cosmos tour to Ireland we went on a private tour of the Guinness Storehouse.

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It was a great time. When we got to the factory we were greeted by a tour guide, put on headsets and taken on a tour of the exhibits. It was nice because it was just our tour bus, after hours and everyone had left.

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Included in our tour was showcases of historical Guinness products, really interesting. We then got to go p to the Gravity Bar with its 360 degree view of the city. We also enjoyed a properly pured pint of Guinness.

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After our drinks in the Gravity Bar we went downstairs for a wonderful three course dinner. Wine, bread, dinner, salad and dessert.

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After dinner they opened the gift store up for us and let us shop at our leisure.

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It was a great night with new friends, drinks and good food. It was also the last thing we did together, we all left early the next morning at different times.

I’m so sad! It’s my last post of Ireland! It was the best trip ever. I guess I’ll have to go somewhere new to photography and post about!

Until next time, travel on… LAF

Ireland · photography

Glendalough, St. Kevin – Ireland

On the last day of our Cosmos tour of Ireland we made a stop in Glendalough. We walked thru the cemetery, taking our time, reading the gravestones and soaking in the history.

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I have always enjoyed spending time in cemeteries, they have never seemed spooky to me, instead peaceful, calming and pensive. When I was a little girl, my grandma, me and her miniature collie Tony would walk the circular path of the cemetery behind her house. We would walk in quiet, not talking, just being together. Sometimes we would stop and discuss what the lives were like of the names on the gravestones.

As I got older I would still seek out cemeteries for deep thoughts, walking and quiet time. It would give me great peace to pray for the lives that were gone as I walked and thought. I also think they are beautiful to photograph. I hope you enjoy the following pics taken in an ancient cemetery in Ireland.

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Below may be my favorite and least favorite photography as it brings so many possibilities. The tiny tombstone broke my heart.

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Throughout the years I have been to cemeteries throughout the country in Washington DC, Gettysburg, New York, Maryland and many more. Seeing the grave of Edgar Allen Poe was a highlight.

Does anyone else enjoy a walk thru a cemetery? Does it cause you peace, stress or fear?

Until next time, peace. LAF

Ireland · photography

Avoca Mills – Ireland

One of my absolute favorite stops on our Cosmos Tour was Avoca Mills. I was in photography heaven with all the soft colors.

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It really was one of the most beautiful shops we went into. We shopped, or browsed, and had a wonderful scone before getting back on the bus on the eighth day of our trip.

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Beautiful place to sit and ponder and eat your scone!

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The buildings were also gorgeous…

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Unfortunately I didn’t buy any of the gorgeous woven blankets or scarfs, but I did get a cool necklace of a tree and birds!

Until next time, LAF

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Tramore, Ireland

Continuing on with our tour, on the seventh night we stayed at the cutest hotel of our trip. I just loved the wallpaper.

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The pretty view from our room…

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Beautiful artwork in the lobby…

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After getting settled into our hotel in the early evening we got back on the bus for an excursion to an evening at a local pub. The trip, at sunset, to the pub was quite beautiful.

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Beautiful scenery, ships, birds, etc…

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We had a great time at the pub, with great craic (fun), singing, jokes, stories and drinks!

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It was great fun!

Until next time, LAF