KINSALE, IRELAND, My most favorite.

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Sept. 30, 2016

It would be impossible not to fall in love with Kinsale.   It sits about 25 miles outside of Cork,  and if  the  only way you could  get there would be to  walk – it would be worth every step.  It is  colorful, picturesque and easy to navigate.  The harbor alone was enough to win my heart…

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Then I discovered that walking  ( and shopping) the town was also a  delight….

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Then  throw in some sheep…

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A little Irish lad who is refusing to get into  the car for his Mum…

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and a bar that turned a boat into a glass-topped table and what more could you want?

I will add that there is also an awesome  place to eat in Kinsale called Vista’s down by the harbor and it had the best pizza I have ever eaten!

As they say in fishing villages……..

“Good things come to those who use bait.”   (unknown)

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COBH, IRELAND – Maritime History, a Cathedral and a Little Red Haired Girl

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Sept 29, 2016

A  30 minute  train ride from Cork  to  the maritime town of Cobh proved to be  an interesting and  entertaining  morning.   I was especially lucky to  also have  sunny,  60 degree weather for the  adventure.

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The Cobh Harbor at low tide.

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Flowers are still in bloom everywhere in Ireland.

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The Cobh Heritage Center tells detailed  history of the  the harbor, such as :  the Lusitania  sunk off  Cobh  harbor after being hit by a torpedo from a German U-Boat on May 7, 1915  during the  WWI .  It sunk in 18 minutes.  Cobh was also the last port of call for the Titanic before it hit an iceberg and sunk off the coast of Newfoundland.  In addition, from 1848 to 1950, over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland, with 2.5 million departing  from  Cobh.

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St. Coleman’s Cathedral towers over this hilly town.  It took 47 years to complete the Cathedral and finally  opened in  1911.

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The inside is beautiful but maybe on  the brink of sensory overload.

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A different twist is the 12 stations of the cross is located  on the side  of the property behind this fences.

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These row houses  give you a clue as to the steepness of the hills in this town.

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This darling little Irish girl is just an example of the beautiful children  in this country.

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Lastly, the bird of the day is the Pied White Wagtail, who I spotted searching for bugs on a  moored fishing boat.

“Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote and  I know I  shall be happily   infected  until the end of my life.”  ( Michael Palin)

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KILLARNEY, IRELAND – a quick stop

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Sept. 29, 2016

Another stop on the Paddywagon Day Tour of the Dingle Peninsula was the town of  Killarney.

Just a quick stop ( a pit stop actually ) but I still got a few shots of the town with its’s traditional lively colors.

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By the way there is a store in  Killarney that  has  free shipping for sheep.

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socks

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DINGLE, IRELAND – The Fishing Village

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Sept. 29, 2016

While on the  Paddywagon Day Tour of the Dingle Peninsula, we also made a stop at the little fishing village of Dingle.    This was a quick stop  but long enough to take some photos of this colorful  picturesque town and grab a snack.   Hope you enjoy……

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“Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught” ( unknown)

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IRELAND, ARRIVAL DAY IN CORK

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Jet lag and  my DRDA 7R  in Cork, Ireland

Sept. 28, 2016

A theory  exists that  any where from 10 to 60 percent of the world’s population  possess the DRDA 7R Gene , also known as the wanderlust gene.    It’s that gene that  constantly feeds you  an insatiable  desire for new adventures, convinces you need to keep a suitcase packed with the essentials at all times  and leaving at a moments notice doesn’t rattle you in the least.  Thus……

Greetings from Cork, Ireland!…….. where  you can find me and  my DRDA 7R , ready for endless  adventures.

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On my initial  meandering  through Cork I stumbled upon the  English Market and   in my-then- jet lagged brain,  I found these pigs heads  an interesting photo, and wondering, how often do  the Irish need a pig’s head and for what occasion?   Upon more investigation, I learned that the ears can be deep fried, the eyes can be pickled and the rest can be used to make headcheese.  The education of travel.   : )

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Saint Fin-Barres church, built in 1870, was another interesting and beautiful  find.

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St. Fin’s  has many gargoyles to complete it’s French Gothic style.

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The pulpit is unique and  was beautifully painted  60 years  after it was built.

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In  all of the churches  I have  wandered  into during my travels, this was a first – little  needlepoint cushions hanging at each seat that says “kneel to pray”.

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Small row houses behind the church.

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Heading back to the hotel for a nap and in the true fashion of Ireland,  I discovered even the outside of the  launderette is decorated in style.

Stay tuned for more of Ireland  once my jet lap  subsides!

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