Cong & Galway, Ireland. August 2014.

We spent the last few days visiting & exploring County Galway and County Mayo. One of the best meals we had during our stay in Ireland was definitely at Kai Cafe & Restaurant which is located in Galway’s West End. The food, scene, location, artisan beers and owners David and Jessica are wonderful. 

Today we are driving back to Dublin for one night and then will make our return for Boston.

Our summer getaway is coming to an end. 

We are currently in Adare, Ireland but I just received my medium format film scans from our travels to Spain. 

These photographs were taken in Picos de Europa National Park which is about 30km inland from the northern coast of Spain. I’m so grateful that we had an opportunity to explore and witness that part of the country. It’s a beautiful place and couldn’t recommend it more.

All photographs above were taken with a Hasselblad 503cw and a Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 lens on Kodak Portra 400. Film was processed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab in California. 

Farran, Ireland. August 2014.

Lauren still has cousins living in Farran, a small village about 20km from Cork. A lot has changed since our last visit to see them. The town has more shops, new restaurants and many new homes have been built.

But you can feel the economic downturn which hit this country substantially. It is on everyone’s mind everywhere. We hear the value of land in their village has gone down over 5x from the peak a few years back.

And yet some things haven’t changed around here at their home. Taking care of their cows every day, brown bread every morning, tea every afternoon, music, dancing, and laughter around the kitchen table. And of course, the swearing. Oh man the swearing. “for fucks sake” has become as common as breathing :)

Today we are leaving Cork and heading to further west to Kenmare, which is a small town in the south of country Kerry. 

Dublin, Ireland. August 2014.

We left Spain and arrived in Dublin late last night. We had time for a quick bite and then we crashed. 

It’s been nearly 20 years since Lauren and I traveled to Ireland. And even back then our trip was way too short — only 4 days if I remember correctly.

This time we have more time to explore the country, catch up with old friends/family and look forward to meeting some new friends as well.

It rained much of the day today. But I don’t care, it’s great to be back. We explored the city, watched the Limerick vs Kilkenny semi-final at our friends house and finished the evening with a pint.

We leave Dublin tomorrow and will head south and west.