Trip Start May 28, 2013
7Trip End Jun 06, 2013
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As we drove south, it was like driving into the light...the temps got warmer and the sun came out. For the first time in a week, we saw blue skies. The countryside is magnificent, rolling hills, and the greenest of greens. It was a long drive, over 3 hours so we were happy to arrive at Perryville House, a stately B&B in the center of town.
Kinsale is a touristy seaside town, with lots of pubs and restaurants. It is known as the culinary capital of Ireland. Our accommodations overlook the harbor, and the house is a typical Georgian style....high ceilings, lots of old pictures, fireplaces everywhere. Overall, very charming but distinctly different from our other hotels.
We had an average dinner, not our best in Ireland, but enjoyed a walk around the town. Rich went for a Guiness, his new favorite, and I came back to the hotel as I was still not feeling well and am also succumbing to a cold. I met some friendly Aussies from Melbourne and had a nice chat.
Rich is playing Old Head today, one of the most renown courses in Ireland. Despite a sore throat and cold, I rallied and took a harbor tour, which was a great way to see the city. Some interesting facts about Kinsale...it was an important port in the 1700-1800s due to its proximity to the colonies and also a major fishing port. William Penn, founder of University of Pennsylvania was the governor of one of the military forts here from 1690-1696. There is a 12 foot tide, so there is a big difference between high and low tide. When we arrived yesterday at low tide, the harbor was just a seabed of muck.
Most interesting fact is that in 1915 the RMS Lusitania sunk 12 miles off the coast of old head golf course, torpedoed by a German u boat. Many of the victims are buried here. I went to St. Multose church today, where they are buried in a very old cemetery. The church was founded in 11th century.
We will head out in the morning to Powerscourt, outside Dublin, for our final night in Ireland.