Hi! I’m Aline Lickel, a visual designer based in Amsterdam. Every morning I start my day listening to good music and researching design references, online or at the real world. Here you can see what fascinates me. If you like it, drop me a line. I would love to hear from you. Enjoy! +

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After three weeks in this lovely country, I can say I love Ireland. I wasn’t expecting that much, maybe that’s why I fell in love with it. Ireland is beautiful, so are its people.

Like Dutch people, they complain a lot about the weather, which is, by the way, as changeable as in Holland.

Usually they don’t stop at the crosswalk if there’s no red light. So don’t trust it!

They finish each sentence with: “isn’t it?”, “aren’t you?”, for instance: the weather is good today, isn’t it? They also say “grand” instead of “great” and they say so a lot.

And if they wanna thank you for something, they’ll probably say “thanks a million!”, but this “a” is so subtle that you can easily understand only “thanks million”.

In general, irish people are not just polite, they’re lovely. Speaking of which, they love the word “lovely”.

When you ask them “how are you?” and they answer “not too bad”, believe me, it means “I’m fine, thanks”. The first time I heard it I really thought: poor girl, how could I help her?

Fish and chips with salt and vinegar, please. Try it!

Pubs are cool, even more with live music, rock or irish folk songs. Guinness is nice, but there’s a lot of other beers to try as well. I strongly recommend “Metalman Pale Ale” from Waterford, if you like Pale Ale as I do.

My favourite places to visit:

1. Dunmore in Waterford County, seriously, this place is magic (the first image of this post is the Irish Sea seen from Dunmore).

2. The Trinity College Library in Dublin is so far the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in my life. Unfortunately, it’s not allow to take photos, but trust me and visit.

3. Hook Head Lighthouse in Wexford County (the image above), one of the oldest lighthouses in Europe, built around 1100.

4. The red Lighthouse and the harbor in Dublin (the image below).

Although Dublin is really nice, if you’ve got time, go to the countryside as well to visit the cliffs and the Irish Sea. It’s grand, you’ll love it, I swear.

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  • Joyce Tam | 01/08/2012 | 2:46 am

    Hi Aline,
    My partner (who is from Waterford sent me this link). Your photographs are lovely and if I hadn’t been to Ireland, I’d probably be tempted; but I have and I have to say nothing, NOTHING compares to New Zealand scenery. We don’t have the history and historic buildings here but we certainly have BEAUTIFUL scenery. Beyond compare, so the scenery thing is a bit lost on me but I love the craic and visiting his family. Funnily, the children (teens) weren’t that enamoured with Ireleand either.
    Come visit NZ sometime, we have the best coffee, wines and beer.
    Nice pictures though. Joyce

  • alickel | 04/04/2013 | 4:28 pm

    Joyce, thanks for the comment. I would love to visit New Zealand :D I just can’t wait to start exploring this part of the world. Soon, I think!

    Thanks again :-)

  • Larissa Yasunaka | 31/08/2013 | 10:36 pm

    (remember me? hehe)
    I miss this place so much! Your photos make me feel a little bit close from there, I love seeing your photos! Hope see you soon, Aline! xoxo

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