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This picture has so many different levels...
It was taken from the seventh floor of the Guinness Storehouse. This place except for amazing visitor centre, which tells you everything you may ever want to know about the Guinness, has at its uppermost floor a bar, where you can enjoy both Guinness and one of the best views in Dublin at the same time. Honestly speaking I do not like beer at all and a Guinness is just another beer to me, yet I was always tempted to see the view. So I have followed this temptation last Monday.
Drinking Guinness at its source is one of the most important experiences for many tourists visiting Dublin so no wonder the place is always crowded with people. As the viewing terrace is covered with huge windows it was difficult to avoid the reflections in the photos. After a while however I decided that those ghosts which appear in the sky can contribute to an interesting composition and they are literally the ghosts of Guinness drinkers.

I guess this is how many Irish people imagine Heaven. Ireland has one of the highest alcohol consumption in the world. Among people 15 years and older the recorded consumption of alcohol in Ireland equals to 13.39 liters of pure ethyl alcohol per person per year. Few days ago newspapers in Ireland mentioned that an average person spends about 2000 euro for alcoholic drinks annually.
Drinking alcohol in the pub is, together with watching TV, a major and for most people the only pastime in Ireland.

Guinness Storehouse is located close to the city centre yet far enough from all interesting buildings. Of course with the telelens I have captured most of them one by one, but I decided to present this broader panorama here. Buildings in the foreground are part of the actual Guinness brewery. The day was sunny without clouds yet the long distance visibility was far from perfect. On a clear sky you could see the sea on the horizon but here a slight fog decreased the visibility to few kilometres only. The largest church in the centre of the photo is St John the Baptist and St Augustine church, and in the right hand side you can find a spire of the St Patricks cathedral.

In the workshop photo you can see myself hypnotized by a pint of Guinness.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6541 W: 105 N: 17138] (66606)
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