Markree Castle, Ireland, 1999

SEPTEMBER 1999 – Mark and Petra Zanzig pose for a selfie in front of Markree Castle, Co. in Ireland. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here you can see us – Petra and Mark – in front of Markree Castle, our castle in Ireland. Well, it was our castle for one night. And we had just one room in that castle for that night. But we still wanted to do this fun selfie hoping it could mislead viewers into thinking that this was our home. (Childish, I know.)

Having said that, Markree Castle is definitely worth a visit. If you have the time (and budget) you should consider staying for more than just one night. We had a room directly overlooking the garden, and it was great to be woken up by the rising sun in the morning. After opening the curtains we could gaze at the beautiful greens in the sunlight.

The mix of age-old history and modern comfort was truly awesome. We also noticed the large wooden table opposite of the reception desk where countless letters were laid out for guests that stayed at the castle or would arrive soon (mind you, this was in 1999 without ubiquitous wireless Internet.) Add to this the friendly and helpful hotel staff, and you know why it’s been an awesome stay.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSeptember 1999
LocationCo. Sligo, Ireland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28 mm f/2.8
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 Dimensions3756 x 2504 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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