Gallery B&B, Kinsale, Ireland

SEPTEMBER 1999 – The front entrance of the Gallery B&B in Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland, shows a ‘No Vacencies’ sign. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

When we explore a country or region, we prefer to not plan our overnight stays ahead. That’s because having pre-booked accommodation would take us the opportunity to discover beautiful spots that simply deserve more time. One of these spots is certainly County Cork in Ireland, and especially the town of Kinsale.

Kinsale is a beautiful town at the southern coast of Ireland, and we wanted to stay there. Ideally, we thought, would have been the Gallery B&B which we found by accident when walking through the town center. We were immediately attracted by the bright orange front with the lilac accents. But – there was a ‘No Vacancies’ sign at the door. What a shock! (Okay, it was maybe a bit optimistic to expect towards the end of the high season to spontaneously get a room in such a beautiful spot and B&B.)

At least I wanted to take a photo (see above.) I really like the colors, the shadows, and the flowers in the first floor.

P.S.: Recent satellite and street view images confirm that the B&B is still around (which is a very positive sign for me) and that the front has changed just very little. The only major changes to my 1999 image are the menu box (empty), the rectangle plate with the B&B name, and the URL of their homepage: (Back in 1999 the Internet was not as common as it is today.)

P.P.S.: We finally stayed in Bantry after frantically seeking a place for the night. Goes to show that it may sometime be good to book in advance. 🙂

The high resolution image

Capture DateSeptember 1999
LocationKinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 50 mm f/1.4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3663 x 2442 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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