Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Cork, Ireland
Dec 27, 2012 - Q. The most scenic route in Ireland is ... ?
*** Answer: The Beara Peninsula, our new home! With grateful hearts, we're settling into the lovely community of Glengarriff, near the head of Bantry Bay, at the beginning of the scenic Beara Peninsula. We "blow-ins" are receiving a VERY warm welcome! It seems that at least half the population of Ireland is made up of either "blow-ins" like ourselves or "blow-backs," Irish people who left to find work elsewhere and returned decades later. Through it all, the Irish culture and spirit prevails, with many "blow-ins" becoming "even more Irish...Jump to full entry
Dec 9, 2012 - Nollaig Shona Dhuit! Happy Christmas to You!
*** Nollaig Shona Dhuit! Happy Christmas to You! This traditional Irish blessing expresses our wishes for you this Christmas and always: "May your hearth be ever warm, your table ever full, your joys ever new, your love ever growing, and your memories ever lasting." Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! We're looking forward to experiencing Christmas in West County Cork, Ireland! In a few days, after having lived for two months in the Northwest, we'll be moving to Glengarriff, a village on the southwest coast, on Bantry Bay, ten miles north of...Jump to full entry
Dec 6, 2012 - Heading South!
*** Oh, the wayward wind ... is a restless wind A restless wind ... that yearns to wander And we were born ... the next of kin The next of kin ... to the wayward wind Yes, indeed, we're on the move again! The cottage we've been renting is going on the market in January, which is the main reason for our move, but we would have had to move out anyway because of inadequate internet service. We were restricted to 10G per month, with an exorbitant fee for exceeding that amount. When we discovered that we had used up 75% of our November allotment...Jump to full entry
Nov 19, 2012 - You can't get there from here.
*** Catch-22, noun. 1. a situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently illogical rules or conditions. Before we'd even set foot on the Auld Sod, while we were still in the research phase of our trip, we learned that we could drive in Ireland for up to a year on an American driver's license. Well, that may be true in theory ... We had quite a shock when, after driving our car for three weeks, we received our title in the mail and headed down to the tax office, as we'd been instructed...Jump to full entry
Oct 18, 2012 - Glandore
This morning the bad weather had passed and we had a leisurely start from Blarney and drove south through Clonakilty, intending to stay near Rosscarbery for the night and visit the Michael Collins memorial. However when we go to O’Riordan’s Camp near Rosscarbery the place was closed, and when David rang they said they had been flooded and we couldn’t stay (we were right outside and no sign of floods!). So we flagged Michael Collins and continued on to Glandore to a pleasant little campground called The Meadow Camping Park (N 51°34'5.955" W...Jump to full entry
Oct 17, 2012 - Cobh
After breakfast we set off to drive to Cobh. It was a 45 minute scenic drive and once we got there we had to ask directions a couple of times to find somewhere to park. We were directed not far out of town to the waterfront carpark where there was plenty of room for Homer, and then walked about 10 minutes into the town. The weather started to deteriorate as we spent an interesting hour or so at The Titanic Experience in the original White Star Line building where the last 173 passengers boarded the tenders to go out to the Titanic, which...Jump to full entry
Oct 16, 2012 - Blarney
This morning dawned a beautiful day, and after a cooked breakfast we set off to walk the 2½ km into Blarney and the famous Castle. It was lovely to explore at our leisure and there were not too many people here. Of course we climbed to the top were we both did the “hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone” experience, which is said to give the gift of eloquence. Seemed to have worked its magic on David! We then walked through the beautiful Rock Close gardens, said to be the site of an ancient druidic settlement. Leaving the...Jump to full entry
Aug 18, 2012 - Day 7 (Friday) You stay classy, Kinsale
Kinsale is unbelievably beautiful. Geographically, Kinsale is at the southern end of Ireland, directly south of Cork. You might not have heard of Kinsale before, but you know of it. This is the Ireland of your dreams. This is the romanticized small, sleepy Irish village by the sea that has been the mainstay of every horrible romantic comedy in which some American idiot with an extremely fast-paced, busy lifestyle goes off to a small town in Ireland, and slowly is drawn in by the beautiful scenery, the slower pace of life, the friendly...Jump to full entry
After we finished breakfast, we walked around Kilkenny a little more, and saw the handful of things we didn’t get to see on Wednesday, such as St. Mary’s Cathedral. Then we went into a drug store for “supplies to last us on the drive to Kinsale. Cathy and I have discovered that our new favorite soft drink is something called “club”. It’s basically citrus soda with orange pieces in it, and it comes in diet form, but only in the orange flavor. Still, it’s pretty good. I wish they had it in the states. We ended up taking a different route to...Jump to full entry
Jun 23, 2012 - Blarney Castle
We engaged in a different form of exercise this morning. One of our larger RVs wanted to go dump but found the left front tire sunk in the grass which quickly turned to mud after 2 days of rain. So, at 8:20 Ivan, 4 guys and I pushed from the front while Dieter rocked the RV back out of the hole. To my dismay none of the others not involved in the rescue thought to take a picture, including the wife IN the RV working on her computer while we were pushing her and her RV to safer ground! Really disappointed me as I felt this was a rather...Jump to full entry
Jun 22, 2012 - Ring of Kerry
Today was a great all-day bus tour on the 106-mile ring road around a lovely peninsula in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The peninsula is bordered by Dingle Bay on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the west and Kenmare Bay on the south. It really is beautiful with its lakes, mountains, valleys and picturesque villages all along a narrow road I was so glad I didn't have to drive. I tried my first (and last) Irish Coffee and decided it wasn't worth 5.50 euros! The sheep dog demonstration was excellent! The day started with a quick...Jump to full entry
Jun 22, 2012 - Kinsale
On Wednesday, we arrived for a two-night stay in Kinsale, a maritime town on the southern coast. Its vibrantly colored buildings, like others in this area, make it quite adorable. We found dinner at The Shack, a delightful eatery with locally sourced seafood and pasta dishes. I had a great prawn and chili pepper pasta in tomato sauce. We stayed in Seagull House, owned by the town matriarch, Mary O'Neill. The likely 80-year-old also owns the pub down the street, The Tap Tavern, with her son Brian, who offers the popular Ghost Tour every...Jump to full entry