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Monday, May 14, 2012

Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain - throw in one coin over your left shoulder with your right hand to ensure that one day you will return to Rome, 2 for a new romance or 3 for a marriage.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

National Museum of Art of Catalunya - Barcelona, Spain

This museum sits on Montjuic just behind a set of columns and a fountain that puts on a music and light show every Thursday - Sunday night. A must see for every traveler.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Guinness lake" - Wicklow Mountains, Ireland

Actually called Lough Tay, this lake is on the estate of the Guinness family. Due to its depth and peatyness, it looks black. Along with the white sandy shoreline, "Guinness lake" looks like a lovely [giant] pint of Guinness.

Guinness storehouse - Dublin, Ireland

At the Guinness Storehouse, climb through 7 floors of Guinness history as you learn the entire brewing process. At the end, you can either take a mini class and learn to pour your own perfect pint or have the staff pour one for you at a 360 degree sky view of the city. I must admit, while I enjoy a Guinness anywhere.....the one you get here seems to be extra delicious.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Kilmainham Gaol - Dublin, Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol is a prison for Dublin county. It was open from 1796 and closed in 1924. During it's time it held many political prisoners, perhaps most famously for the 1916 rising where many leaders of the uprising were executed in the prison ground. One of the more famous political prisoners of 1916, Eamon de Valera returned in 1966 to visit his former cell in the now national monument and museum. This time however, he returned as President of Ireland.

Generator Hostel lobby - Dublin, Ireland

Row apartments in Dublin, Ireland

Many years ago, the doors in Dublin did not have numbers, instead you found your way home by the distinct color of your door. Occasionally, if a man was not in good favor with his wife, she may paint the door while he was out for a late night at the pub. Now, they use numbers.