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Have you noticed that sunlight isn’t the same around the world? Having traveled more than a decade ago to Nice, France, I remember gold and pink sunsets, everything intensified, thanks to the liquid sunlight.  I thought it was simply me nostalgicizing my memories. But no, it wasn’t a trick of the mind. When traveling by train through the south of France, I saw that sun again. I wanted to eat it up. Dingle, Ireland, is another place where the sun is magical. Just look how it reflects so richly off of the buildings: It’s probably no coincidence that the places I’ve…

A friend of mine just got back from Ireland, and it’s been making me think about my own trip there last year. In particular, I’ve been thinking about the old Catholic priest I met when touring Saint Mary’s Church in Dingle.   I remember being miffed that my mother and I had to pay something like 5 Euros to amble around the old church museum, built in 1862. The cost was justified by the fact that a famous stained glass window artist, Harry Clarke, had installations there, and there was also a large painting of the Last Supper by American…