On 30 March 2000 I left for eight days on a trip to Ireland. This is my (probably somewhat abbreviated) story. I'll first start off by telling the reader that unless you really, really like being alone, it's probably a bad idea to travel to a new land by yourself.
I decided to take a vacation after three years (since college) without a 'real' vacation. I consider 'real' to be a vacation where you actually go somewhere rather than sit at home between jobs and do things around the house. I ordered the plane tickets in October (1999) so I had been sitting on them for a while. Aer Lingus was the carrier. I highly recommend them if you need to fly anywhere in Europe or even here in the states. Aer Lingus probably not the cheapest of all of the airlines but their planes are great and the meals that they serve are actually edible.
Some observations on photography in Ireland.
A note about the images and calibration:
These images have been scanned using Vuescan with the Minolta Dimage Scan Dual film scanner. My primary image editing machine is a Mac G3 with 640MB of RAM. The monitor is a Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 900u. The gamma is set for the majority of the world at 2.2. The color has been calibrated using a ColorVision Spyder and PhotoCal under MacOS 9.2.2. The color temperature of my monitor is set to 6500K. If the images look too dark or the colors are skewed and you don't have a calibrated monitor then I would ask you to do some research on monitor calibration at Vadim Makarov's site or at Andrei Frolov's site to fully enjoy the photos (if you're anal-retentive like me). Otherwise, just enjoy them as they are!