Day Se - Cobh and Cork City
Trip Start Apr 08, 2012
40Trip End May 19, 2012
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I ventured downstairs to the sitting room to see if I could get the wi-fi to work; since it wasn't connecting in my room. Delores, the B&B owner, came in a few minutes later and offered me a pot of tea and breakfast early. Which I graciously accepted.
Breakfast consisted of a full-Irish, blood pudding and all. It was good, yet very filling and heavy after what I had been eating on the Continent. I only ate half of everything on my plate. That way I had tried a little of it all, but wasn't feeling like I was going to explode from being over stuffed
After breakfast I still had about an hour before I was scheduled to meet Anne, so I hung out in the breakfast room; which by this time was also now occupied by a lovely French couple and their beautiful little girl, and enjoyed another pot of tea.
The weather in Ireland, though beautiful has also been very cold. Before heading out for the day I made sure I had on long sleeves, long pants, a jacket, a scarf, and a hat. Which I am thankful I took the time to do. Later that evening I opted for adding a sweater to my outfit.
I met up with Anne at 10:00 and we headed out for the train station to catch the train to Cobh.
Anne had checked the weather and had decided the best time to visit Cobh would be in the morning, since there was a chance of rain in the afternoon.
On our way to the train station we walked through the English Market. It is an amazing indoor market full of stalls selling everything from fresh meat and seafood to fresh baked bread and produce
It was much quicker and easier to obtain a train ticket here then it was on the Continent; not that it was too difficult there either. But here I didn't have to talk to anyone and the machines took Euros. Although the machine didn't like my €20 and Anne had to do that part for me.
Cobh is a 30 minute train ride from Cork City. The town itself isn't very big, but it was full of tourists for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic. Cobh was the last port of call of the Titanic.
There were several exhibits based around the 100th anniversary going on. Especially the day we were there, as the Titanic began sinking 100 years ago that very night. We didn't go into any of the exhibits due to lines and cost. However, I did see a brilliant miniature of the Titanic in the harbor and there was a gentleman dressed up like the captain wandering around town.
To get away from the crowds Anne and I climbed the hill to the beautiful church that sits above the town. It was amazing inside and out and the views from up there of the town and the harbor were brilliant
There wasn't much else to see and do in Cobh and the weather was beginning to change, so we wandered our way back to the center and caught the 13:00 train back to Cork City.
Back in Cork City, Anne and I grabbed a light lunch of soup and tea then we decided to head back for a little down time. Anne back home and me to my B&B, before meeting up at 19:00 for dinner and the movies.
Dinner was simple food of a chicken burger and fries at a diner that looks like it fell out of the 1960s. It even plays the hits of that time on the jukebox.
While wandering throughout the city Anne and I had seen several posters for a movie called Battleship. I had never heard of it but I recognized the actors in it. I have to say it's not a movie I would normally choose to see, but I really enjoyed it and am glad Anne suggested it.
It was 23:00 by the time the movie was over and Anne and I were ready to call it a night
I had a wonderful time in Cork City and visiting Cobh. A big thank you to Anne for welcoming me to Ireland, showing me around, and giving me advice for the rest of my trip.
Tomorrow I am leaving the city behind, catching my first bus, and heading for the little town of Dingle.
Day Seacht - Navigating the bus system and finding a place to sleep