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  • Day35

    Cork to Cardiff

    October 5 in Ireland

    Our last day in Ireland so decided to go as far south as we could from Cork. Took the bus to Kinsale at 10 am and 50 minutes later arrived in the lovely seaside town. It was sunny by the time we arrived and quite warm as we strolled around the town and up the roads surrounding it. There were many arty little shops and some beautiful sights of the harbour. It did seem quite a touristy village but much had been left untouched. The brightly coloured houses, pubs and shops were everywhere and were featured in much of the artwork for sale. After sandwiches at a quirky little cafe and an ice cream further along the road we caught the bus back to Cork. We taxied out to the airport being very cautious about the time we needed to check in so consequently after a very quick ride we were there with almost 3 hours to fill in before our flight to Cardiff. While relieved to see our bags still met the 20 kg required we were disappointed by poor service and food even though the airport had been awarded best airport in Europe in its class! Our flight was 35 minutes long and we were at our hotel right in the centre of town by 8 15. As we have such a short time in Cardiff we went out straight away and wandered around the main streets for an hour before finding a lovely bar for a drink. First impressions are that the main area is huge wide traffic free streets, all very clean and modern with every thing big-shops, signage,sculptures. Even the church bells which were ringing were extra loud. Only downside seemed to be a huge number of homeless people. Looking forward to spending tomorrow morning here.Read more

  • Day103

    Cobh (Cove)

    December 15, 2016 in Ireland

    Took a day trip to Cobh this morning, formerly called Queenstown. The former queen named it after herself when she visited prior to the sailing of the Titantic. One Ireland gained independence from the Brits they renamed it back to its original Gaelic name. It was a beautiful little town only 24 minutes from Cork. The town is known as the last sailing point from Ireland before heading to New York on April 11, 1912. Cobh is known as heartbreak harbour because of the heartbreak the Irish people felt when their families were leaving for America. The Karl next to the Titanic museum is called Kennedy park in Irish pride if JFK. It was a lovely place with lots of interesting history.Read more

  • Day103

    The Titantic museum

    December 15, 2016 in Ireland

    Well it started to rain and so I decided to take in the Titantic museum. So glad I did, it was fantastic! As I was waiting for the tour four people in camo gear walked in and right away I knew they were Americans. Sure enough! The woman walked in and asked "what's this museum all about"? Dah! I guess they never saw the blockbuster with Kate and Leo. The poor irish girl was so kind but I knew she was a bit put off. Cobh was the last pickup point and 177 people left from there to sail to New York . It took three years and 3 thousand men to build the ship. The third class compartments in the ship were better than some of the hostels I have stayed at.Read more

  • Day4

    Dublin to Cork, Ireland

    August 23, 2017 in Ireland

    Picked up the car from the airport today and drove from Dublin to Cork via Killarney and Waterford. We took the backroads enjoying the beautiful green hills and stone stacked fences sectioning off the lush emerald fields. Some backroads have speeds of 100km per hour - not possible I say. Then you have some cars travelling at 50km per hour when it is 120 km. We stopped in Waterford and walked around the town centre, had a quick visit to the Waterford Crystal factory and saw the remains of the Viking Wall dating back to AD914. I think I want to name Waterford - Op Shop Central, we must have passed at least 15 of them. They did have some amazing murals throughout the town. Arrived in Cork about 6.15pm have had dinner now for an early night after our big days and nights in Dublin.Read more

  • Day5

    Blarney Castle & Cliffs of Moher

    August 24, 2017 in Ireland

    Well another magical day. Blue sky at the Blarney Castle, kissed the Blarney Stone. I wish I had spent a day here wandering around the grounds, they are so beautiful. We then headed to the West Coast to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Luckily for us the rain held off. As we drove into the car park the rain was pouring down sideways from the wind, we put on our wet weather gear and it stopped just long enough for us to walk along the Cliffs and snap our photos. We headed back to Cork through Tipperary, a busy little city with lots of old style charm. Love the Emerald Isle. Everyday just gets better.Read more

  • Day44

    Cork, Ireland

    September 15, 2017 in Ireland

    We traveled to Cork City which used to be Europes main seaport.
    The highlight today was a guided tour of the Old Middleton Jameson Irish Whiskey Distillery which is still in use today. This excellent, detailed visit included three original pot stills. One of these copper stills is the largest in the world holding 31,000 gallons.
    We ended the tour in the tasting room where we sampled their Irish Whiskey.Read more

  • Day34

    Cobh, Ireland

    July 12 in Ireland

    We got off in the morning again before Jackson had to go back to work. We wandered around and spent 2 hours hunting for Kennedy keepsakes with the coat of arms on it. We found lots of places with magnets, coasters, keychains, etc. But a lot of places were sold out of Kennedy. I did eventually find and decided on a pin for my camera bag.
    During our exploring we found lots of references to the titanic. With Cobh being it’s last port of call there’s a museum, memorial and lots of souvenirs regarding the titanic. Yesterday I would have liked to go to the titanic museum which was built where the titanic was built but didn’t have time.Read more

  • Day57

    Ireland / Touring the Ring of Kerry

    September 12, 2017 in Ireland

    11th September 2017.
    More views along The Ring of Kerry. Headed right to the bottom of Ireland to Cahirsiveen where we got off the track and went to the waters edge and found the local Inn which is famous for its smoked salmon. Yummy!
    It was so rainy and windy we nearly got blown Away! Brrrrrr
    Nice scenery.....but to me it looks like NZ at winter Time!

  • Day143

    Day 143: Kinsale & Cork

    July 8, 2017 in Ireland

    Took our leave of Denis a bit later this morning, and headed eastwards along the southern coast of Ireland. This area is much more sheltered than the coastline facing the Atlantic Ocean, and is noticeably less rugged - more beaches and gently rolling farmland, nowhere near as many cliffs and boulders!

    It was actually only a couple of hours drive to our destination for the day: Kinsale. This is another harbour town, this time on the southern Irish coast. We arrived just on midday and decided to head straight for an early lunch of fish & chips on the beachfront - very tasty and filling, though it was quite slow service!

    Spent an hour or so wandering around the town which was a picturesque little place. It was almost as nice as Kinsale and other "prettiest town in Ireland"-type places we'd visited, but far fewer people. No gigantic tour buses, and no caravans either which was a welcome change. Still plenty of tourists around, but not as crowded as we'd gotten used to. (That said, most of the non-town spots along the Ring of Kerry weren't crowded since we'd gone in reverse order - a fact that both of us had remarked on while driving).

    After an enjoyable poke around the town we drove 15 minutes south to one of the most southerly points in Ireland. There's also a memorial here for victims of the SS Lusitania, a fully-loaded passenger liner that was sunk nearby in 1915 by a German submarine, killing more than 1200 people and making it one of the worst maritime disasters in history - worse even than Titanic.

    It's a vexed ethical question, because although it was a civilian passenger liner, the Germans maintained it was carrying munitions for the war effort. The British and American governments insisted that it wasn't, although in the 1980s secret cabinet documents were released proving the Germans correct (and that it was probably some of the munitions exploding that sank the ship so quickly, rather than the German torpedoes). Remember as well that the USA was officially still "neutral" in WW1 at this point, although surreptitiously supplying arms to the British and French. Most of the lives lost were Americans, and the sinking of the Lusitania was ultimately one of the catalysts for American entry into the war.

    Moving on from the problems of a century ago, we headed for our accommodation - a small cabin style place on the waterfront outside Kinsale. It was a nice little place, though unfortunately the wifi signal didn't penetrate the walls so we had to sit outside to use it! Thankfully our 3G worked fine.

    Spent the afternoon enjoying a rare patch of sun, working on some videos and general internet catching-up. Stayed in for dinner, cooking pasta on the stove.
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  • Day4

    Beyond the Pale

    September 8 in Ireland

    I think Laurie may still be taping her toes after last nights play as we wake up and say goodbye to Dublin. We have our last breakfast at Trinity Townhomes and take a “My Taxi” (its like Uber but with taxi cabs) to the Hertz Rental car and pick up our VW Polo. We have rented many a Polo before while travelling in Europe. Laurie drives, I navigate - we’re both happy.

    We are heading “beyond the pale”, past the safe confines of Dublin and over the Wicklow mountains to Kinsale - we will stop twice along the way; first in Glendalough and then in Cashel.

    An hour out of Dublin, Glendalough is in the heart of the “mountains”, the tallest of which is an ear popping 800m above sea level. Nonetheless the area is lovely and was the home to one of the first monasteries in the world - founded in the 6th century by St Kevin (I find it anti climactic to even type St. Kevin, it sounds like a dude from California). The monastery continued for eleven hundred years, surviving Viking raids, plagues, Norman conquest until.... you guessed it.... Oliver Cromwell and the British came. There are still lots of ruins and being in the mountains some lovely hiking trails, lakes and waterfalls. It is one of six national parks in Ireland and well worth the stop and hike.

    Our second stop is ninety minutes further south and takes in even more winding and back roads. We were lucky to have good weather in Glendalough but our luck does not hold on the drive to Cashel.

    When you arrive on the outskirts of Cashel you are immediately struck by the fortified cathedral dominating the landscape. It is built on an escarpment on one half and fortified everywhere. It was destroyed by.... wait for it..... Oliver Cromwell and the British and stands in partial ruin. We take a guided tour and learn about the history of the castle/cathedral. When Cromwell and his parliamentarian gang conquered the castle they slaughtered all nine hundred people inside. Recent excavations have proven a baby was thrown down a well during that time period and records speak to the atrocities committed. It is said to be haunted but that has not been recorded or proven, but if ever a place.....

    We get back to our car and drive a final ninety minutes to Kinsale. We are staying at Jo’s Cafe and Rooms. It is Camino esque. Clean, simple, small. It is over a bakery. The smells in our room are incredible, is it chocolate chip cookies or maybe brownies, we will have to just wait until morning!

    Dinner tonight is at the highly acclaimed restaurant of celebrity chef Martin Shanahan ‘Fishy Fishy’, where the fish specials talk about both the fish and the fisherman. I have Sean Murphy’s monkfish, caught this morning; Laurie has steak. My fish is paired with a Chardonnay, Laurie’s steak a Malbec. The food is delicious, the atmosphere unpretentious, the service lacking. We wander the 400 feet to our little B&B.
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County Cork, Cork, Corcaigh

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