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St. Patrick’s day parade in Cork 2012
The weather was remarkably good this morning. The sun was shining, loads of people went out on the streets dressed in green, there were children eveywhere waving Irish flags, farmer’s market was up and running on Grand parade. I just love St.Patrick’s day! [...]
Germany – Czech Republic car trip 2011
That was an incredible road trip. We got a car in Munich, went to Prague for 2 days, returned to Germany and drove round for 4 days, stayed in small hotels and tried local food on the way. We ended up in Prien am Chiemsee in the end. Read more for all posts and photos from that trip. [...]
Prague from the Petřín Lookout Tower
Petřín Tower is very compact, and it’s pretty easy to take the stairs to the top and back . If the weather is clear you can see the whole Prague underneath. And the view is definitely worth it. Petřín Tower is famous for it’s resemblance with the Eiffel Tower, but it definitely has it's own character. [...]
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There will be food photos in this post because I just returned from the Irish Examiner food festival in Fitzgerald park and I couldn’t help taking few macro shots of the tasty things they have in there.
In was the first time I went to this festival, and it was a lot of fun. Basically it’s a park area where Cork restaurants, pubs and local brands present their food and drinks. There are places to sit everywhere, I liked the bean bags near the fountain) You pay the entrance fee, but the food inside is not expensive at all, they serve small portions and you can walk around and taste a lot of things starting from steak and fries and finishing with strawberries in chocolate.
I liked it there, it was nice to be there in the evening, the music was great, the food was tasty, and it was fun in general )
Found this small and cozy chocolate shop in Kinsale when we were there last weekend. The shop is located right in the city center pretty much across the street from the tourist office.
I so like the small sweets shops, they remind me of a movie “Chocolate” with Johnny Depp, and Koko is one of them. I wrote some time ago about O’Connail shop in Cork, but O’Conaill is bigger and more commercial, you can even buy their chocolate in the Cork airport.
Koko is a small and cozy shop which offers handmade chocolate bars, some candies and various hot beverages. We tried hot colambian cocoa there (which has this bitter sweet taste of dark chocolate) and a chocolate shot. That shot was filled with melted milk chocolate, the one that you usually get in the chocolate foundtain, and it’s very, very tasty. Every time in the past when I had strawberries dipped in a chocolate fountain I wondered how awesome it would be to have just pure melted chocolate. What can I say, it is indeed really awesome )
Took this photo using Instagram, but wanted to share it anyway to keep a memory of an awesome weekend day when we first took our car for a ride out of the city.
The weather was amazing – sunny and warm, no clouds or rain for the whole day, which is pretty rare. We went to Kinsale, had few snacks there, then went to the Old Head of Kinsale to see the ocean, returned back to the town and had a tasty seafood chowder in Dino’s.
So liked that day… Need more weekends! )
Last weekend the weather was good and we decided to explore the new walking routes. So we went in the direction of the Cork port but used the roads on the hill, and that’s how we found the Middle Glanmire road. It turned out to be pretty scenic, the houses there are surrounded by green trees and gardens, and sometimes you can find a good view on the city and Cork port from there.
I guess it’s nice to live there – not that far away from the city center, but it’s very quoet there, no car noise or drunk people getting home from a pub at night )
On the way I saw some nice hotels or b&bs, so that area can definitely be great at least for a short stay, you might need a car though to get around, didn’t see much busses there at all.
My colleage from work asked me to take photos of her and her business partner for their website, so we had to find a place that would look official. We thought about conference rooms or meeting rooms, but in the end decided on the UCC library, which turned out to be great. I am not a student there so Anzhelika had to arrange a pass for me and , it was Saturday but still there were quiet a few people studying in the library rooms.
It’s a pity I don’t have any “making of” shots, it was a lot of fun! We found the shelves with some good looking books, set up the softbox which was a bit extreme cause people were sitting in the same room studying so we had to do everything fast and quiet.
We also took few portraits in the park around UCC, the area looks amazing, and I really want to go back there to take some more pictures.