Ireland
Cobh Road

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  • Day6

    Off to Killorglin

    October 8, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    The highlight of today was visiting the Titanic Experience in Cobh. Cobh was the last port of call before the Titanic headed off to New York. 123 passengers embarked, whilst 7 disembarked, and 1 jumped ship. How lucky were those 8!
    The display gives a pretty graphic account of what happened, and why. It was just a litany of errors and omissions all the way, and there is no way so many people should have lost their lives. It was a sobering experience, and there were not many laughs as we headed out the exit.
    We walked around Cobh for a while, explored the Cathedral, and had a coffee, and then it was time to head to Killorglin where we had two nights booked.
    The Rivers Edge Guest House was hard to find, mainly because it was in plain sight, but when we found it we were welcomed by Sean, a typical Irishman. The place is nice and clean, and it seems that we are the only guests tonight. With no restaurant we were left to finding a suitable pub, and we did. The Bunkers Bar was quiet, friendly, and served a good pub meal.
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  • Day16

    Cobh is pronounced "Cove"

    June 14, 2015 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    And the flower of the day is the Rhododendron. Mandy has recommended to me the book Rebecca, in which the flower plays a prominent role in the emotions of the main character, set in England. We've arrive during their brief bloom here in Ireland, and they played a prominent role in our day. The usual low, mossy rock walls were frequently replaced by towering, overhanging, bright blooming tree sized shrubs. At Killarney National Park, we saw the oldest in the area, at 200 years. A beast of a grove of a flowering tree.

    A short walk to a huntsman's cottage turned tea room, a jaunt in a jaunting cart, a waterfall, a castle, a walled garden, a rock garden, and a prehistoric copper mine made for an intensely scenic day at Killarney. At the hunter's cottage, it was time to try a scone, with a pot of tea and milk, topped with fresh devonshire cream. It's perfectly clear where myths of leprechauns and fairies arise. One expects to see them under every mossy rock around each trickling stream bursting with lush tropical looking flowers.

    The copper mine, reputedly in use since 2500 BC, is also a site for young Irish children to lose their ball in a small bog, retrieving it with a crooked stick, and not a little fear and drama.

    Do the jaunting cart drivers wear golf caps just to lure tourists on their search for charming Irishness, or just because they like them? Either way, we are satisfied.
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  • Day17

    Titanic Blarney

    June 15, 2015 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The chapel in Cobh has 49 bells, which ring beautifully keeping time all day. Coming into the city, the incredibly steep hill taking me down to the water make me think of SanFrancisco, although I've never been there.

    Cobh`s claim to fame though, is not the brighly painted buildings on slanted streets. It's the fact that it was the last stop before the Titanic went to sea. After breakfast, before heading out of town, we stopped in at the Titanic Experience, where we stood on the actual deck, in front of the same Georgian style window, where the original passengers would've been seen off. A true study in opulence, and everything gone wrong. Thinking over such an accumulation of bad decisions was more moving than I expected.

    Every town and bridge and window in Ireland is bursting with flowers right now. But that certainly did not prepare me for the beautiful grounds of Blarney Castle. Even Ireland's only Poison Garden looked inviting when sun dappled on those immaculately kept grounds. I certainly could've spent much more time there, an probably would've, if not for the need for eloquence. Up steep stone spiral steps, and around the ramparts we waited in line like some ancient theme park goers, to lay down on our backs and bend off a grate to kiss the blarney stone upside down.

    Signs all over the castle explained, Blarney is not baloney. It is merely the varnishing of the truth. You can tell me if it worked.
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  • Day113

    Titanic Musume

    July 18, 2015 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today we visited the Titanic musume!
    It is located in Cobh a water front town and it was the last place the Titanic docked before it sunk.
    The musume is simply amazing! It allows you to interact with the times and even gives you a guest name on arrival who you follow through out the tour and at the end find out there fate!
    It was simply an amazing experience!
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  • Day113

    Spike Island

    July 18, 2015 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today we took the ferry accross to Spike Island. The Island housed one of Irelands longest running prisons, and houses many military units.
    It was a out of the normal experience to step into the modern cells which closed in 2012. And to see the older structure of the prison.Read more

  • Day8

    Cobh

    August 28, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Titanic Experience Museum in Cobh. Dort sind 123 Passagiere auf die Titanic gegangen. Geschichte wird lebendig gemacht. Nachgebaute Kabinen der 1. und 3. Klasse sowie original Exponate aus der Zeit. Eintrittskarte ist ein Ticket einer realen Person, die damals an Bord gegangen ist und am Ende erfährt man, ob man zu den wenigen Überlebenden gehörtRead more

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