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In The Big Smoke But Dreaming of Green

Richmond-upon-the-Thames

Richmond-upon-the-Thames

In the Big Smoke (London), existing on the necessities performed in the ” today” so that i may enjoy the “tomorrows”. I find my sense of creative-self choked by the urban cloud. Though lovely to be with my dearest and oldest  friend enjoying walks along the Thames, dinners in the garden and long talks over glasses of wine foretelling of our future retirement estate in the highlands where gaudy jewelry with matching wellies, epic Pimms-soaked sunday brunches and daily adventures of eccentricities will rule our shared Georgian manor house…
I long for green rolling countryside, blue skies filled with sea winds, and my rural disposition.

 

Busy days in The Big Smoke (London)

Busy days in The Big Smoke (London)

…which reminded me of a lovely weekend this past april spent driving along the picturesque Antrim coast of Northern Ireland. A land of stark contrasts; who’s beauty found in natural wonders and ancient remnants of lore far supersedes the ugly recent past of troubled times.

Enjoy these pictures below of that fabulous weekend exploration and promise to blog more soon, next month ICELAND!! Until then go visit The Rucksack Foodie Facebook Page for more frequent travel updates, tastes and sights!

Larne to Ballycastle, along the coastline offers some of the most picturesque and inspiring views to be found on this poetic island.

Torr head, Northern Ireland

Torr head, Northern Ireland

Driving along the Antrim Coast

Driving along the Antrim Coast

A hilltop memorial to a troubled past overlooking the sea

A hilltop memorial to a troubled past overlooking the sea

Eternal green

Eternal green

Torr Head

Torr Head

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, a bit touristy but fun to say you did it!

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, a bit touristy but fun to say you did it!

Dunluce Castle, skip the entry fee and hike down below to the sea for a dramatic sit

Dunluce Castle, skip the entry fee and hike down below to the sea for a dramatic sit

Medieval headstone in Layd Church yard, tucked away on a hidden hillside leading down to the sea... Very mysterious feeling and enchanting place

Medieval headstone in Layd Church yard, tucked away on a hidden hillside leading down to the sea… Very mysterious feeling and enchanting place

Ancient Layd Church, a sacred place long before these ruins where new.

Ancient Layd Church, a sacred place long before these ruins where new.

An idyllic spot to spent eternity. Layd churchyard overlooking the sea.

An idyllic spot to spent eternity. Layd churchyard overlooking the sea.

Stopped for a refreshment in Bushmills

Stopped for a refreshment in Bushmills

Belfast City

Belfast City

Architectural gem in Belfast

Architectural gem in Belfast

A bit of late night craic with the band in Ballycastle Northern Ireland.

A bit of late night craic with the band in Ballycastle Northern Ireland.

8 comments on “In The Big Smoke But Dreaming of Green

  1. artbybry
    June 4, 2014

    Oh Cody

    I just sigh as I enjoy these marvelous photos of yours. They’re beautifully done – I see a touch of Snapseed which is so easy to over do, but you do it wonderfully. You really are a great photo essayist.

    A rush of feeling comes over – seeing that Irish coast…. So appreciate your exploring for us.

    Miss you and Freddy!

    Bry

    Keep going!!

    • Rucksack Foodie
      June 7, 2014

      Thanks Bry!! Despite how gorgeous the colors actually were, and how wonderful of a camera i have this journey… Just a bit of tweeking with the app brings a bit of visual emotion to the image that was the whole experience .

  2. Petra Haynes
    June 4, 2014

    Beautiful photos! Takes me back to the good times we had on the emerald isle! Need to go back and explore the north for sure! Hugs!

  3. Doug
    June 5, 2014

    I agree with Bryan Cody, you sure do have a good eye for framing and taking photos, Beautiful!

    D

  4. Kate
    June 5, 2014

    Your photos… just so beautiful!! They are really fuelling my desire to visit Northern Ireland. Thanks so much for sharing them. 🙂

    • Rucksack Foodie
      June 7, 2014

      Thanks Kate! its a much overlooked bit of beauty everyone should take in at least once!

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