Trip Start Jun 27, 2010
Trip End Aug 19, 2010

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Ole Kinsale Bakery

Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Sunday, August 1, 2010

8/01/2010 Sunday
We left Dublin for Kinsale and drove mostly on motorways and then smaller roads and to Ballaymaloe for lunch.  This place is a cooking school and they grow their own vegetables.  We didn't turn where we were supposed to according to Gertie the Garmin and we ended up on very tiny back roads which were a little scary.  We found it by a small miracle and went into the gift shop.  Skip discovered that they had a Sunday buffet starting at 1:00 and it was 12:15.  So we browsed in the gift shop and then went into the house to the restaurant.  Slowly, it filled up with people that looked like they had been to church.  We were given a choice of soups and then told that to go to the buffet table.  There was lamb (with mint sauce like I make!), pork (with applesauce), bacon, corn beef, a few different kinds of potatoes, fish that was very fishy, a cheese puff sort of thing, and a few other things that I can't remember.  We took a portion of many of them.  Then they brought the dessert chart!  There was a blueberry tart, balls of meringue piled high with Carmel sauce dripped on them, strawberry shortcake, lemon suffer, homemade ice cream and chocolate sauce. The lemon souffle was to die for!   I bought the cookbook for that recipe!  After we ate too much, we completed our journey to Kinsale.  
We entered Kinsale and found the Ole Kinsale Bakery with few problems.  The towns with the cars parked on both sides and very little room to move in are the most anxiety provoking!  The couple that runs the B & B were darling.  The house wasn't the fanciest, but the room was great and the shower worked great!  We unpacked and talked to Chrissie about where to eat dinner.  I told her wanted to go to Fishy, Fishy and she said to go now because it is so well known, but we were not hungry because of Ballymaloe and because we waited an hour or so, they were totally booked for dinner.  There was a Sailing Regatta in Kinsale and there were people all over the place!  Plus, Monday was a bankers' holiday so they all had a three day weekend!  We walked by an amusement set up for the regatta.  We went to a pub call The White House  to have a drink and  watched the European Track and Field competition in Barcelona on TV.  While we we there, a band came down the street and there was a 5 minute parade behind them.  I only was able to take one picture...  As we walked back to the B & B, we came across a band playing in a square and they were fun and kids danced. Play the video to see the players and hear just a moment of music.  Sorry, I didn't record it correctly.     Then we walked back and Chrissie and Tom were up and we chatted for a few minutes about whether the noise outside would bother us and we said no, that I wear earplugs and Skip has a breathing machine.  It turns out that Tom has sleep apnea and we discussed this for a few minutes!  Then we went upstairs for bed.

8/2/2010 Monday
We rose pretty early and went down to a delicious breakfast of homemade scones and wheat bread, scrambled eggs and Irish smoked salmon for me!  We packed and put our stuff in the car and walked to the Tourist Information center to learn about the Kinsale Road Train.  Because we definitely wanted to go to Fishy, Fishy for lunch at 12:00, we decided to just go up and back to the Charlesfort and not go in it to get back to Kinsale by 11:50.  The trip started in the town   around the harbor and up the hill and down was very scenic and pretty and bumpy in the Train.  The driver/tour guide didn't speak very clearly so we heard very 5th word, but it was fun.  The Charlesfort was Britain's largest star-shaped fort.  Kinsale has an interesting history as it has/d a remarkable harbor which has made it an important port since prehistoric times.  It is Ireland's most perfect natural harbor and a gateway to both Spain and France.    We saw some darling cottages on the way to and from the fort.  Plus everyone had hydrangeas that were all in bloom. 
We managed to get to Fishy, Fishy just a little before noon and were seated outside.  We had a fabulous meal - I had a "Taste" portion of crab legs in a cream sauce which was wonderful and smoked salmon and crab on bread/salad which was good.  Skip had fish and chips which he said was the best he has had and better then the place in Scotland that was supposed to have the best in Scotland!  He said the batter was light and wonderful.  After lunch, we walked back to the B & B, said good bye to Chrissie and Tom and drove to Dingle.
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