15.07.2015 - 15.07.2015
This day was one of the best yet. We were both surprised and delighted by the 2 wonderful seaside towns we visited today. The first was Kinsale. This is a very pretty town and it has a ton to see and do. There was a nice cafe where we had awesome coffee, tea and scones. Next was a visit to the local market, museum and the Fort. The fort was a 2 and a half Km walk from the town along a beautiful path on the water. The fort was cool and you can really imagine the advantage of a fort when you want to blow up unwanted ships coming into town. Here are the pics from Kinsale.
The afternoon and early evening was spent in the town of Cobh (pronounced cove). It used to be called Queenstown but now its back to its original Irish name. Cobh has a seriously interesting history. First of all, it was the last port of call for the Titanic before it headed off to New York but sadly sunk at sea. You all know the story (picture Leonardo Dicaprio). Anyways there is a cool thing called the Titanic Experience in Cobh which walks you through a recreation of some of the places on ship and tells all sorts f cool stories about the passengers who boarded the ship in Cobh. Sydney and I were able to be one of the passengers that boarded in Cobh (as does everyone who pas to get in). There were 122 passengers who boarded in Cobh and 44 survived, Sydney and I were not one of them. Here is a pic of the first class room on the ship.
Cobh is also a port of call for many Cruise ships. They get about 60 a year in the 4 or 5 months that they come here, so about 1 every couple of days. There was one in port when we came to town, here is a pic.
I can see why this is a port of call for ships, it is a beautiful and unique city. Maybe a touch too touristy for me but still wonderful. Cobh as mentioned is on the ocean, but it is also an island. It also has a mountain on the island that rises very quickly from the coast. it is only about 2 or 3 blocks of walking to get to the top of the hill and it is the steepest anything I have every climbed. There is a grand Cathedral that is at the top of the hill that from the bottom is completing imposing and spectacular. The pictures will never do it justice but here it is.
Here are also some pics from the top of the town. Note the cruise ship in the background of the first pic. They are massive, this one seemed like it was 10 stories high. Maybe next year.