Blogs from County Cork, Ireland, Europe - page 40


Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork April 26th 2007

We met up for breakfast in the hotel and then started our drive East to go to the Ballymaloe Cookery School, but we kept getting lost along the way. We didn't have an address, so our GPS unit wasn't too helpful. We made a turn a bit too early and had to go around a huge block again in rush hour traffic. Made a second turn too early because the GPS unit seemed to be a bit delayed when updating on our exact position. Then we realized it was sending us in the opposite direction of where we wanted to go, and found that the city we really wanted to go to was Midleton, not Middleton. Who knows where we'd have ended up. Middleton, I guess. I just don't know where exactly that would have been. ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork April 20th 2007

Today was spent on a city tour of Cork and a visit to the City Gaol.. Anyone noticing a theme of jail visits here?? Well I do have a criminolgy degree people! What do you expect?! hah.. One thing that I found out the other day which I find really bizarre is that begging on the streets is legal here in Ireland. I've never seen so many beggars on the street before starting this trip, not just here in Ireland but in England and Scotland, dont know what the laws are there but I just find this unbelievable! Ok and now for my surprise... Well I have big news, a few of you know already but for the rest this will probably come as a shock BUT... Im coming home early! Thats right, I'm now going ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney April 19th 2007

So not as easy as it sounds, the climb up the castle walls is enough to kill you and I tell ya what, I wouldnt have wanted to be much taller or fatter haha... I was struggling for room in those narrow staircases.. Dont know how some of the people around got up there haha.. But lets go back to the beginning.. I arrived in Cork city yesterday which is where Im staying, picked me hotel off the internet and loved what I saw.. Until I got here.. They definately made it sound alot better than it actually is.. Not a bad location when you consider the city centre is just across the river but I got the impression just walking around during the day that its not a place to be out and about at ... read more
Camera Happy
Blarney Castle grounds
Blarney Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork April 15th 2007

The time has finally come for us to pack up and leave another place we called home for the past year. Ireland was an interesting place to live I must say (and Ive lived in a few over the past four years) they do and say things a little different over here but thats what makes this place what it is and we will never forget it or the many characters we have met with along the way. We havent done too bad here, as you all saw from our last blog, the summer is the best time for getting around the Emerald Isle as the winters can be pretty unforgiving with endless rain and near cyclone winds (I kid you not) it is Ireland at its best during the summer months and we highly recommend ... read more
Ready to go out in style
Beth and Aaron
Aaron's solo marching band

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork April 8th 2007

So I just had to post this because I KNOW that you will undoubtedly be super impressed...this is the home of Michael Flatley. Yes, yes. THE lord of the dance. He lives in the countryside near Fermoy. I personally have not had a sighting but when I do, I will post the celebrity photo with haste. *Note the tongue in cheek-ness, please. ... read more
A cow and the home in the distance...
Sea anemone in Bunmahon


Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney March 19th 2007

To Blarney! Rachel Elizabeth Our trip down to Cork started out rough. Richie, who I was having a serious problem with, decided that we would rent a car and drive down to Cork and Kerry. It was a double-edged sword. The best way to see Ireland is by car, but neither Gaby nor I are old enough to rent the car (being a measily 19yrs old). Richie is 26 yrs old and wanted to get the car. There were a few problems with that though. Richie is a south floridian driver who had never been out of the country. It was snowing and he had to drive on the left side of the road. Gaby and I thought we were going to die which led to something that, being the oldest of four, I thought ... read more
The Witches' oven
Sacrificial Altar
Druids' Circle

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork March 19th 2007

Between Blarney Castle and the Ring of Kerry, we decided to stay in Cork for a night. Cork has a lot of great shopping, though we didn't do much of that other than Tesco due to the bank holiday. I did plenty of window shopping though! There were more than enough shoe stores to make any girl happy. There was also a carnival on the same street as our hostel. Gaby and I made the mistake of actually riding a few of the attractions. Luckily we hadn't actually eaten that day. I also won at one of the luck games. My prize was a giant monster-type stuff animal. The thing was huge. And I was stuck with it. After the carnival, and a few beers, we went to the 24hr bowling alley right across from ... read more
Hostel Street
More Cork
My Giant Prize

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork March 18th 2007

Nic, Sheree, Ben, Rachel and I all head to Cork for the weekend for Paddys day awesome time had by all Irish awesome people loads of guiness and laughs ... read more
Me and some local lads
The Girls
NZ Guiness

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork March 17th 2007

Steve here: For those looking for more blogs, I am sorry. I'm having internet problems, both with my computer and the hotels. I'm sending this from an internet cafe. Second day in Cork, and I don't have to drive anywhere, so life is good. We don't get moving until 2pm or so. It is St. Patrick's Day and the streets are filled with people of all ages wearing green clothing, funny hats and painted-on shamrocks. After a prolonged decision making process, we decide to eat at Zanzibar. Not because it looks cool or we heard good things, just because we are so hungry we can't walk any further. The food isn't extraordinary, but isn't horrible. I have fettuccine alfredo with chicken. Day 3 in Ireland and I've had a bbq chicken sandwich, a hamburger, a ... read more
Closing down Cork on St. Patrick's Day
Crazy Zappa

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork March 16th 2007

Jackie here- The 16th dawns and the Waterboys await! Cork is a 3 hour drive (Gilligans Island anyone)! We will have time to drink and “get pretty” for the show. 7 ½ hours later we locate our lodgings and barely arrive for the show. Only we could pull off a stunt like this. No problem we think, we can get plenty of drinks during the show, wrong again sparky- the bar closes when the show starts- what kind of backward-ass logic is that! The show is soberingly good! 8 new songs, no This is the Sea and no Purple Rain, the band has obviously not read our MySpace postings! Mike Scott is a true artist and sometimes only the artist knows the plan the rest of us don't see. After the show we scour the street ... read more
Ed on the hotel balcony
Shamus was famous
St Pat's Night

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