Keys to the Castle

Ever wondered what keys to the castle actually look like? Well, here they are: full size scans of the key to the room at Ashford Castle and at Dromoland Castle. Not exactly what I was thinking, either… Although the Ashford key is cool. And I do like “Distinction since 1543” on the Dromoland key. />… Continue reading

Ireland: In Residence in a Castle

I’ve never spent the night in a castle before this trip to Ireland. In fact, I’ve never even seen a real castle before this trip. The experience was most interesting. The castle grounds are spectacular. The heavily wooded spaces (virtual forests), and the green grass (most typically golf courses) were expansive beyond belief. Driving beyond the massive stone and gated… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Seven – Ashford Castle to Dublin

One of my strange habits is placing the camera on the table and shooting the restaurant in which I’m eating. I use a wide angle and a long exposure with no flash. It’s weird, I know. But take a look at this photo shot in the Dungeon Café, a literal dungeon, in the Ashford Castle last night.   Today was… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Six – The Ashford Castle

  Yesterday was exhausting: the weather at the Cliffs of Moher (working against intense wind is just exhausting), the excitement of the Cliffs and discovering the beautiful area of Doolin, and then the drive for hours (mostly in the dark) in unfamiliar areas that are flooded. The Irish Independent stated today that the flooding has exceeded all known records. It’s… Continue reading