While on my now routine Sunday afternoon walk to Sandymount Strand, I passed this rather handsome classic Merc. I wanted to capture that 60s holiday feel, a snapshot of a past that never really existed in South Dublin…I think I have an obsession with retro looking things…

While on my now routine Sunday afternoon walk to Sandymount Strand, I passed this rather handsome classic Merc. I wanted to capture that 60s holiday feel, a snapshot of a past that never really existed in South Dublin…I think I have an obsession with retro looking things…

So this is a product of a wet weekend in the city. Dublin on a Saturday has great markets - I checked out Dublin food co-op, an all organic, community led indoor market with a chilled, alternative vibe, and then proceeded to have a wander around the surroundings of D8. Now, The Coombe gets a bad rep, and yeah, it is run down in parts. But there are some really interesting bits to it, unexpectedly cool cafes and galleries next to abandoned buildings and charity shops. It feels ‘real’…a neighbourhood where art students rub shoulders with local people. It’s not immediately alluring, but in my view worth a look, if you are around these parts check out St Audeons Church - an unexpected neo-classical masterpiece. From the unknown to the over-exposed the market shown above is in Temple Bar, in the newly renovated Meeting House Square. In my view this area is at its best on a Saturday afternoon, the market in full swing in the genuinely impressive square, enclosed by the IFI and Photographic galleries. It’s about as close as the area gets to being a creative, ‘cool’ hub. I know this has been a long one, but just two cafés I want to mention…..firstly the coffee place in the food co-op, where you can perch on a sofa drinking fresh organic coffee, and secondly this coffee shop cum design store called Ubode in Temple Bar…it looked very cool. Both places are now firmly on my ‘to try’ list.Tourist guide *over*…

Front square on a sunny evening, and no, that’s not an asthma inducing haze behind, it’s WARMTH. Though not tangible warmth, more like a representational version of it…or something to that effect. In any case, Trinity at 5ish on a sunny day has a rather nice ‘Thank f**k the days over’ vibe (While this photo was being taken dozens of people were freezing to death as Eastern Europe plunged into one of its coldest periods ever…slightly odd context)

Front square on a sunny evening, and no, that’s not an asthma inducing haze behind, it’s WARMTH. Though not tangible warmth, more like a representational version of it…or something to that effect. In any case, Trinity at 5ish on a sunny day has a rather nice ‘Thank f**k the days over’ vibe (While this photo was being taken dozens of people were freezing to death as Eastern Europe plunged into one of its coldest periods ever…slightly odd context)

Ahh the campanile (Trinity dahling)…or, if you’re not a Ranelagh residing, deck shoes sans-socks, Dostoevsky reading, pseudo intellectual, the belltower. So this was another crisp blue perfect day that made me realise just how beautiful the world is. Or something like that. Shame that I had so many classes…I’ve always been a firm believer in getting every sunny day off, you know, for vitamin D reasons!

Ahh the campanile (Trinity dahling)…or, if you’re not a Ranelagh residing, deck shoes sans-socks, Dostoevsky reading, pseudo intellectual, the belltower. So this was another crisp blue perfect day that made me realise just how beautiful the world is. Or something like that. Shame that I had so many classes…I’ve always been a firm believer in getting every sunny day off, you know, for vitamin D reasons!

So THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING…and, yeah, despite the sparkling sunshine (no, really) this is what I chose for today. Because I’m so hipster, like. Actually, see, I was going to post an oh-so-happy image of sunny Ballsbridge/Trinity..but then found myself drawn to this foot photo (and not because it subverts the mainstream). Don’t worry, I’m not a fetishist, just an aesthete…right, I’m going to stop digging this ‘alternative’ hole now…

So THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING…and, yeah, despite the sparkling sunshine (no, really) this is what I chose for today. Because I’m so hipster, like. Actually, see, I was going to post an oh-so-happy image of sunny Ballsbridge/Trinity..but then found myself drawn to this foot photo (and not because it subverts the mainstream). Don’t worry, I’m not a fetishist, just an aesthete…right, I’m going to stop digging this ‘alternative’ hole now…

so here…dublin café meets parisien sepia…this is one of those places i always walk by and think ‘ooh that looks nice’ but never go in…i think it’s because it’s close to some obviously touristy and overpriced eateries…following a quick google, apparently the coffee and scones are good, but the service is poor and it’s cramped. well…so now we know, i might stick with admiring its’ shopfront (poor student as i am)

so here…dublin café meets parisien sepia…this is one of those places i always walk by and think ‘ooh that looks nice’ but never go in…i think it’s because it’s close to some obviously touristy and overpriced eateries…following a quick google, apparently the coffee and scones are good, but the service is poor and it’s cramped. well…so now we know, i might stick with admiring its’ shopfront (poor student as i am)

ahh trinity at dusk…the romantic celtic tiger era architecture blending perfectly with nature etc etc…otherwise known as the 24 hour computer/insomnia room (possibly hazardous around essay deadlines, when half-dead, caffeine fuelled, manic typist zombies -formally known as students- come out from the depths of the library…)

ahh trinity at dusk…the romantic celtic tiger era architecture blending perfectly with nature etc etc…otherwise known as the 24 hour computer/insomnia room (possibly hazardous around essay deadlines, when half-dead, caffeine fuelled, manic typist zombies -formally known as students- come out from the depths of the library…)

what to do on a wet sunday in the city? in my case make sweet and spicy nuts - they were for a party, but it was called off so i got to eat them all myself… mwahaha (its ok, i’ve taken my pills…) *btw hopefully i will get a food blog off the ground soon, so watch this (cyber) space…the best bit about it is that it won’t be all written in lower case!*

what to do on a wet sunday in the city? in my case make sweet and spicy nuts - they were for a party, but it was called off so i got to eat them all myself… mwahaha (its ok, i’ve taken my pills…) *btw hopefully i will get a food blog off the ground soon, so watch this (cyber) space…the best bit about it is that it won’t be all written in lower case!*

andrews lane theatre given a suitably artsy makeover in these photos…only found this place hidden down an alley in dublin’s hipster ‘hood because of a clothing swapshop (let’s call the area BEGAG…on second thoughts maybe not… l guess ‘between grafton and georges streets’ is going to have to do, suggestions welcome!) it’s a cool venue…not sure what else is on here though

yes, night vision on the i-touch isn’t perfect…however, i really liked the feeling of this photo. there’s something rather magical about it, a kind of 1930’s peter pan-esque aura. well - at least that’s my excuse for what is a pretty ropey shot…but experimentation eh?!

yes, night vision on the i-touch isn’t perfect…however, i really liked the feeling of this photo. there’s something rather magical about it, a kind of 1930’s peter pan-esque aura. well - at least that’s my excuse for what is a pretty ropey shot…but experimentation eh?!