Finding the sun in Albufeira

Albufeira, Portugal

We are usually not the type of travellers that would head to touristy beach areas for holidays, but this past summer we decided to give it a go and headed to Albufeira, Portugal. 2016 had its ups and downs and this was the perfect place to unwind and take a breather for a quick moment.

I hope you enjoy the glimpse of this coastal city that has recently faced hard times but continues to thrive and flourish.

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Inis Mor, Aran Islands

Here are a few snaps from our short trip to Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Co. Galway this summer.
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 Cnocán na mBan cemetery
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Beautiful Slovenia.

Shots from around the unique and wonderful capital city of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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Overlooking the quaint village of Vinica, Črnomelj, Slovenia on the border with Croatia along the Kolpa River.

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The only National Park in Slovenia,Triglav National Park.img_3006

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Slovenian coast on the Adriatic Sea. img_3048

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This and that

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O’Connor’s Shopping Centre in Nengah, Co. Tipperary that has been closed since 2011 IMG_0286

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And some of Enda’s great shots from around the shopping centre.

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Newcastle in Black and White

Destination: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Date: February, 2016

We decided to take a quick RyanAir flight over to the UK to visit a few dear friends a couple of days. While the weather was rather nippy, it was a beautiful city to explore.
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One of the characteristics that makes this city stunning is the bridges that are scattered along the River Tyne. Both during the day and at night this area offers a wonderful view.

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We decided to do a bit of exploring outside of the city centre, so we jumped on the metro and headed to Tynemouth which is on the coast. After a short ride, the doors opened and we were greeted with a bustling market only a few feet away that offered over a 150 stalls.

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After meandering around the wonderful stalls, we headed out of the station and to Tynemouth Pier and Lighthouse, and the Tynemouth Castle that overlooks the North Sea. There was a community of fishermen and women scattered along the pier making the most of the day as well.

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IMG_3509It was a wonderful trip with great company and food. A weekend to remember.

Banna Beach Shipwreck

Here are some shots I captured of a  shipwreck on Banna Strand that only makes its appearance at low tide. Over the holidays we were lucky enough to be there at the right time and the outline of the wreck gives you a good idea of the size of the ship.
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Around Co. Galway

Westport, Co. Galway
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Salthill, Galway City
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Omey Races

Omey Island Horse Racing, Co. Galway

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IMG_7212 The All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter finals were also on. Kerry versus Galway.

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St. Patrick’s Day

This year we headed down the road and checked out the local St. Patricks Day Parade in Oughterard.  Here are a few snapshots. Enjoy!

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The crowd anxiously waiting for the parade to start.

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