Over to Ireland and then to the beach...
Trip Start Jun 13, 2012
30Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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One of Edward's friends posted a photo with the caption "come to the UK it's summer here", the picture is of people in raincoats and umbrellas. We've made to Ireland and the weather ... well ... I guess the weather is the reason why everything is so green here. According to the local radio the rainfall in June for Ireland was 3 times the average rainfall
for the month.
The Aer Lingus flight to Cork was uneventful as all flights should be. Liam had no problems with his ears this time, a pair of noise canceling head phones helped. The airport is about the size of the Cairns airport. Liam was surprised we had to walk across the tarmac to get to the airport building
We were told we'd get a toyota Avensis and we'd bought suit cases based on the size of the boot. After getting a different car in Edinburgh we suspected the same thing would happen in Cork. So, we had to upgrade the car so we could fit all the luggage in and it wasn't as expensive as we were told by the travel agent in Brisbane. So all was well. We also took the sat nav (satellite navigator) option. Our first challenge was to get the sat nav working, not the most intuitive interface and no manuals but we managed. A working sat nav is definitely helpful, most of the time, as not all the road signs are in English.
Our first port of call was Garretstown in Kinsale with a few detours on the way. The first detour was Charles Fort. This overlooks the bay and further around the inlet a pretty seaside town where we stopped for lunch. There was an interesting saying on a chalk board outside a shop opposite to where we had lunch ... "Man can not discover new oceans unless he's prepared to lose sight of the shore."
Edward was not feeling well, some late English water hasn't agreed with him, so he opts to go to bed early while the rest of us head to another pub as the hotel we're staying in does not serve main meals at night time. The hotel owner recommends a pub called the Speckled Door which is located just around the other side of the peninsula, which would be fine if we could see. Anyway we braved the fog and found the pub for our first dinner in Ireland. The rum and raisin pudding with cream and ice-cream was scrumptious. We headed back and checked on Edward, he was ok after a nap (poor grandpa), and settled Liam for the night with Edward. The adults took advantage of having a teenage son to look after the younger son and had some quiet time in the bar for a drink or two and some adult conversation without the interruptions.
One difference we've noticed between Ireland and the UK is the houses. In Ireland, at least in the southern parts, the houses don't have the a level of sameness. Definitely more use of colour on houses. Most of the time each townhouse in a row of townhouses would be a different colour. Pink, yellow, blue, dusky red seem to be the favoured colours.
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