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These are all photos from my first — and last — day shooting with a DSLR. That sentence makes it sound a bit more dramatic than it really was…

Read on for more Ireland photos and photography musing.

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Internet culture these days sort of requires me to say in the very first sentence that this post is SPOILER FREE. Trust. Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been out for more than a full week, I solemnly swear I will not talk about the plot or the characters. Cross my heart and kiss my elbow.

All I’m here to talk about is one filming location, and I will certainly not say what happens in that setting or who shows up or what part of the film it’s in. But I HAVE to talk about this location because I’m full-on freaking out that I have been there!

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My trip to Ireland in May was my first overseas trip ever, so I won’t pretend to be an expert, here. But you can definitely learn from my rookie mistakes. Read on for ways to make traveling easier on yourself…as well as to find out why Belfast was one of my favorite parts of our trip!

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imageIreland is replete with awe-inspiring landscapes. As you drive through the countryside you’re alternately surrounded by green pastures stretching as far as the eye can see, rocky hills and mountain ranges, and at times, glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean, dark and churning in the distance.

But along with with the pastoral there is also plenty of the bizarre, the mystical and the unexpected. And these are no less beautiful than the images of saturated green hills that probably leap to your mind’s eye when you think about the country, but they are far more fascinating.

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Wow, guys. I have to be honest. Uploading these photos was such a heady experience for me. I scrolled through all of them practically in a state of disbelief that I was actually there. Dublin was great, but it certainly didn’t hold a candle to the things we saw and did throughout Ireland during the rest of the week.

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James Joyce didn’t like Dublin much. He left Ireland as soon as he could, moved to Paris, and lived there for almost as many years as he had lived in Dublin. Yet he wrote so obsessively about his native town that I think it was really a bit of a love/hate relationship. While I can’t exactly begrudge him his choice to be in Paris during the jazz age, I truly believe he meant it when he said “when I die, Dublin will be written on my heart.”

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