Blogs from County Cork, Ireland, Europe - page 40


Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney May 17th 2007

I'm catching up on this many days later - no Internet in Belfast - but more on that later... 5:00 am is much to early to get up when on holidays. Have to be at the train station (across town for 6:40). Shower is a must. It's bad enough I'm not a morning person, but someone has forgotten to turn up the water pressure (pressure is down during the night, so toilet flushing is an experience as well). There is barely enough water to get me wet. Having trouble getting my hair wet and then getting the shampoo out. Dumping my head under the sink is out of the question (it's 2 faucets tight up against the back wall of the sink), and the toilet bowl isn't an option. We do the best we can, ... read more
Blarney Castle
Kissing the Stone
Blarney Stone

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

Coral: Well we've made a lot of progress distance wise since our last post. Still haven't managed to find an internet cafe with a place to download pictures yet. Oh well. There will be many pictures to see when we return, we had to buy another memory card for the camera today. Today we've ended up in Cork which is a surprisingly large city, much bigger than we expected and we haven't even seen anything but our BB yet, just trying to find it was crazy, a bit like getting around in Seattle. Anyways, since Dublin we have been to Newgrange and Knowth, two neolithic barrial tombs where they do an amazing show of light to show you what it would be like standing inside Newgrange for sunrise on the winter solstice; the Hill of Tara ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Carrigaline May 1st 2007

Mesmerized in a cloud of Dolce & Gabbana aftershave, she let his lips graze on her graceful neck, his hands straying towards her perfectly formed arse, and then Shakira moaned… “bodling….show me your Y fronts” Oops, different type of article slipped in there, sorry. Ladies and Gentlemen, Reverend Father, Your Holiness, the King of Norway and other guests. It is with unadvisable glee, I preach to you all here today in my latest travelogue, Memoirs of a Deise. Since my last trip to the speed bump, I, (along with the other voices in my head), have had loads of adventures, so it is incumbent upon me now to regale you with tales of woe, passion, broken hearts, dangerous journeys and the rescue of a fair maiden from the jaws of a slick, stinking, monstrous evil. Yes, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney April 29th 2007

I lost my alarm clock at some point while in Cork, and there was no clock in my room, and my wake-up call never came this morning, until Rick called my room at 10am, a half hour after we'd planned to meet for breakfast. Oops. I was packed, bathed (there was no shower in my room so I cannot say showered), and downstairs in a half hour though, and the weather was foggy and dreary so I knew it wasn't like we were missing out on great shots. I did get several shots of the B&B after we ate, and once Kate and Rick were ready to go we made our way to Blarney Castle, which is just outside Cork. There are no guides at the castle--it is self guided, and I didn't even notice any ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork April 27th 2007

After breakfast at the Gresham Metropole, we got a much better start off towards Ballymaloe since we now knew the direction we wanted to go. We arrived only about 20 minutes late, at 8:20ish, and we started off with a little b-roll of whatever we could find: chickens, pigs, geese, cows, glass houses (green houses), landscapes, etc. The weather wasn't as nice as yesterday, but the sun was still out here and there. Soon, the cookery students were preparing their dishes for lunch for the day, and we began shooting them as they scurried nervously around the two large kitchens. They each had 3 recipes to prepare plus another task to take care of. The dishes included two different pastas (mushroom and sausage), chocolate and hazelnut tart, scones with raspberry jam and clodded cream (whipped ... read more
The Ballymaloe House


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

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