Inspirational lifestyle guides for locals and visitors who want to live more and fret less. The antithesis of trendy, these guides celebrate all that's local, natural, traditional, sensory, and most of all gratifying about life in a particular city. Readers are invited to rise up--in their own sweet time, of course--against the culture of speed, fad, and uniformity, and instead revel in the things that make this corner of the world unique. Explore the natural features that shape and define the city, clip the wings of time, shop with soul, tune into your senses, and savor life without spending. There is even a slow guide for fast kids, and lots of inspirational tips, activities, and affirmations that will help you get more out of life's simple pleasures. Expressive black-and-white photography conveys the soul of the city and evokes a sense that everything old is new again. The perfect time of day to take a nap in the city park? 2:30pm, after the lunchtime herd has returned to work. The best place to see dawn from city center? Lean on the side rail of the Millennium Bridge, facing east.
This guide also tells visitors where to find the best trees, where to see native red squirrels, and where to hear buskers. Visitors are encouraged to seek out a kiosk "near the Savoy cinema" that serves up "the most toothsome doughnuts known to humankind," or to meet up with Dublin Slow Food convivia to take a shoreline walk and gather fresh seafood. There are also details on finding a spa, joining in community sporting events, and shopping - from contemporary shops offering old-school treatment to The Irish Yeast Company, the second oldest shop in Dublin.
Photographs by Mark Chilvers and Rene Bruun. Anto Howard was born and raised in Blanchardstown, and has spent much of the last 10 years writing about Dublin and Ireland for international travel guides and publications such as Fodor's, the AA and National Geographic Traveller. He lives in a little house in the Liberties, where he writes plays, grows tomatoes and apples, and takes his time to...well, just takes his time. He did, of course, miss his deadline but by no more than we had allowed for. Mark Chilvers specialises in portrait, travel and feature photography, and has been extensively published in more magazines and newspapers than is worth mentioning. He is also involved in community teaching programmes in south London as well as completing his Masters in documentary and photojournalism. Rene Bruun is an Irish-born, Dublin-based photographer. He has been photographing his city for nearly two decades, and never leaves home without his camera. He has been widely published in various magazines, travel guides and newspapers as well as the National Geographic website.