A week-end in Cork
Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
8Trip End Jul 14, 2012
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We arrived the Friday evening at Cork by coach (City Link). It is approximately 3 hours from Galway to reach Cork, there is no motor way and the road is really zigzag so don't expect to sleep in the coach…We went to a bar the Friday night and we quickly realized that we were in Munster by seeing all the Munster Rugby flag on the pubs front.
The Saturday we explored the city which is the second largest in Ireland after Dublin (120 000 inhabitants)
The afternoon, we meet another friend of us, Sebastien, and as he had lived in Cork before, he brought us to some other good places. We went walking around the Cork University (UCC – University College Cork) whose main building is really beautiful (it apparently appeared in an episode of the Big Bang Theory). After we went to one of the best pub/café of Cork named the Bodega. It was built in a factory. The day it is like a café/restaurant where you can read the newspaper and have a good coffee and the night it become more a pub/club
I was a little disappointed of the Sunday because we realized that the morning and the midday, there was not a lot of life in the city (all the shops were closed and there wasn’t a lot of people on the street). A good tips for having food at cheap price is to go at the University cafeteria. We went there to have lunch before coming back to Galway by coach in the afternoon.
To conclude, I would say that Cork is a great and beautiful city and I really enjoy that week-end. What I can blame is that the number of spots to visit are limited so you visit the city very quickly. Nevertheless, a lot of places are located in the surroundings of Cork and you need the car to access it (and we didn’t have it). Personally, I prefer Galway as the attractions on the city seems more concentrated than in Cork and it allows you more to do everything just by walking.