I realize that doing a recap post of a previous trip while also telling you that this is my last post before my trip to Ireland and Scotland is completely obnoxious. I don’t blame you for getting as annoyed with me as I do with those people that “summer.” Who are those people really? But nevertheless, I received my film back from our trip to Chicago and I think I owe it to you and to me and to Chicago because that city is much prettier than it seems in movies. Also, Corey and I are flying to Ireland on Sunday! I am oscillating back and forth between freaking out that I need to pack and won’t have time on Saturday because I am shooting a wedding and shrieking little shrieks of sheer joy. I’m not sure if that is how you spell shriek. I will be gone for two weeks so my sporadic posting will become even more sporadic. Sorry guys – but I will have oh so many pretty pictures when I get back.
Back to Chicago. We were only in Chicago for a quick wedding weekend of three days, with most of that time spent at a pretty spectacular wedding. However, we did take some time to have a nice long walk around the city. I can imagine running everyday along the lake – it seems so peaceful. We took an obligatory picture in front of the bean which isn’t shown here because honestly the bean doesn’t photograph all that well. It is much cooler in person. Also, we stayed right near the park (don’t ask me the name of it), and I was highly impressed with it. We had an interesting but also delicious lunch at the Eleven City Diner. They are extremely strict on their policy that the entire party be in attendance before being seated. Even if we have 5 of the 6 people. And the 6th is 5 minutes away. And they have an entire room empty. They definitely ruffled Megan and my feathers, which is not a good place to be. Fortunately for them, their food is delicious. Possibly the most memorable thing to me was finally being able to see that train that runs between the buildings of the city that is shown in every single movie set in Chicago ever. I can see why, because it is memorable. I felt a little bit like Batman, or really Bane, because he was by far my favorite. Tom Hardy can do no wrong.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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