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Ireland Itinerary

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Well it happened. Summer is over for all intents and purposes and fall will soon be upon us. Like a broken record, I am constantly saying how quickly time is going. And it just keeps going faster. We took a trip to Chicago for our cousin’s wedding this past weekend which was lovely but too quick (as those weekend trips always are.) Also, our trip to Ireland is just around the corner. A couple of months ago I got my act together (mostly because Corey was like, um, are you going to plan our trip?) and created a rough itinerary of our trip as well as booked all of our lodging and flights. So now I know the cities/towns we are going to but I don’t know if I will be figuring out a detailed list of things to do in each place. I would love any tips if you guys have them.

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We fly into Dublin and are staying with some friends for a couple of days who live in the city (lucky ducks!) I know we are supposed to see Trinity College and the castle and the world wants me to drink Guinness even though I can guarantee that I will find it to be disgusting. Then we will leave Dublin and stay overnight in Kilkenny mostly as a stopover on the way to Dingle but also to see the Rock of Cashel.

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After Kilkenny, we will drive to the Dingle where we will drive the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry and take lots and lots of pictures. I don’t have a whole lot of specifics for this area other than we are supposed to drive and see pretty things.

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I am particularly excited about Galway. Things to do here include walking around Galway (obviously), seeing Doolin, Cliffs of Moher, and possibly go visit the Aran Islands. This all looks good to me.

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So after Galway we are going back to Dublin to fly to Ediburgh, Scotland. Originally we were going to split the trip more evenly between Scotland and Ireland but then we decided to spend most of the time in Ireland. In retrospect, I might should have instead had us spend this portion of the trip in Northern Ireland so we could go back to Scotland another time. Oh well. That means we don’t have a whole lot of time in Scotland so I will not get to go ride on the Harry Potter train which is really a travesty for me as well as you (because I will not have pictures to share). Also, we are not going to go see Nessy because apparently it is a big fat tourist trap and would not be as cool as I pictured in my head. However, we are going to Edinburgh for a couple of days which seems to be exceptionally good. I don’t think we can go wrong here.

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Charleston on Film

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Charleston is my happy place.  Whenever I step foot inside the city, I start to smile from ear to ear.  I am putting into the world that we will one day live there.  It will happen people just you wait.  In the meantime I will continue to visit once a year and take an incessant amount of pictures for me to remember its beauty from afar.  I already told you guys the whole story about how we found Megan’s dress (which she has officially ordered and I can’t wait for everyone to see it – you are gonna die), but I figured I’d show you guys some of the images I took since I just got my film back from Richard Photo Lab.  I realize we’ve shown you guys pictures from many a Charleston trip because we tend to go there a lot.  But honestly, does Charleston ever get old?  The answer is no, it does not.  Most of these I took early Sunday morning which is my favorite time to wander.  The streets are empty and the light is golden.

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The story on this last photo is that I rushed everyone out of the hotel right before dinner on Saturday night for a quick photo only to find that my lens was completely fogged up from the difference in temperature from inside to out and from the humidity.  I went ahead and took the picture since we were in a hurry but that is why they kind of look like ghosts.  I almost like it a little.

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New Orleans on Film

Thursday, May 28, 2015

An interesting thing that you might not know about me is that I don’t really drink alcohol.  It’s not a decision based on morals, I just happen to not really like most alcoholic beverages unless they taste like a chocolate milkshake in which case I will consume it immediately.  Since New Orleans is so well known for its partying and for Bourbon Street, I have always been a little hesitant about visiting.  Not that I’m a big square that would rather stay home and read Harry Potter (even though that’s true), I just didn’t know if it would have anything for me.  Lucky for me, I was wrong.  My favorite thing about NOLA (other than obviously, the historic gates, colorful homes, gas lamps, and BEIGNETS) was that it feels like it has a soul.  Every corner you turn has an interesting story or the best jazz band you’ve ever heard playing on the sidewalk.  And the people who live there seem to belong there.  There is so much character and beauty.

I’m not going to do a full recap of our trip because I’m almost late for work (typical) but here are a couple of tidbits:

  • We stayed in a beautiful home in the Bywater neighborhood.  It is a little further from the things one would like so we ended up taking multiple 45 minute walks to and from the French Quarter several times a day.  Not ideal but the house is gorgeous.  So if you are wanting to go in New Orleans and not be smack dab in the middle of all the tourists, this is a good spot.
  • Our favorite activities were probably a Swamp Tour (where we saw swamp pigs!!) and the Voodoo Lady Haunted tour which was really cool but a little long.
  • Obviously we ate the beignets at Cafe du Monde.  I don’t know why but they are way better than the ones at the French cafes in Charlotte.
  • I loved walking around the Garden District, which is where most of these pictures were taken.  Is anyone surprised?
  • One of the highlights was walking to Frenchmen Street to listen to jazz and shop in a little bistro-lit alley.  Frenchmen Street is basically a classy version of Bourbon Street, or so I’m told.
  • If you want to feel super sophisticated, go have a beverage in the Sazerac bar at the Waldorf Astoria.
  • A quick tip – whatever you do, no matter how tired your feet are, don’t get into the car with questionable strangers.

All images captured on film with my Mamiya 645 on Fuji 400h (although a roll of Portra 400 might have slipped in) and processed by Richard Photo Lab.

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