Who took my plastic lips?

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Saturday, May 5, 2012

We sail for 2 more days at sea before arriving at our next port of call Cobh (pronounced Cove) at the mouth of the river Lee. Cobh is the port of the City of Cork which is Ireland’s 3rd largest city after Dublin and Belfast.

We have a tour booked today for an excursion to Blarney Castle, Charles Fort and Kinsale Village.
After debarking the ship we locate our bus and commence the tour. It first takes a drive around Cork and the sights are pointed out. It is quite difficult to snap photos from the confines of a bus but there is nothing of great note that is mandatory to record. Out of Cork we travel through gorgeous countryside and alongside the beautiful river Lee, which flows in 2 main channels around Cork. We pass by farmland and through quaint villages, crossing small bridges to the 18th century village of Blarney, home to the Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone.

Blarney Castle is a true romantic ruin dating back to 1446. Once a stronghold for the McCarthy clan, it features 18-foot thick stone walls. We climb to the top of the castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone before re-boarding the bus for Charles Fort – one of the finest examples of a 17th century fortification. After the fort we drive a few miles further, past brightly painted houses, to enter into Kinsale – once an important naval base, but now a popular destination for yachtsmen and tourists to enjoy the picturesque 18th century village atmosphere.

The day passes and we stop back at Cobh to view the St. Coleman’s Cathedral – an ornately detailed neo-Gothic building with prominent spires. Upon return to the point of pick up, we visit the Queenstown Story exhibition in the Cobh Heritage Centre next to the cruise terminal. Queenstown (renamed in later years to Cobh) was the Titanic’s last port of call on April 11 1912 before the ill-fated ship sunk. Upon embarking back onto the ship I am thinking “not in a hundred years would that event be repeated. Wait, I’d better make that two hundred!”

Once all are aboard we set sail for tomorrow’s port of call - Falmouth, England. 
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Leonie on

So want to visit Ireland! ( I was a Murphy )

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