A long 2.5 hour drive to Cork and Cobh. Stopped at Blarney castle in the morning. Travelled on to Cobh which was a beautiful seaport. The second largest natural harbor in the world. It is where the majority of our Irish ancestors emigrated from and it was the last port of call for the Titantic before it's fateful sail. Great museum and special exhibition on the Titanic for it's 100th anniversary. Carried on to a town outside of Cork where I once stayed with the soccer teams. Visited the local pub, The Cotton Ball. Walked inside to a "men's bar" to have all conversation stop and everyone stare. When I explained why I was there they were more than happy to quiz me on what I remembered and then get into an argument amongst themselves about which "pitch" we actally played on. I brought pictures of the old pub (since renovated and doubled in size) which they enjoyed seeing. Ate some great pizza and headed on the long car drive home!
Bates Family of Five English-Irish Adventure!
In order of family picture and in blog will be by initials:
Kevin Bates (KB) age not necessary
Jake Bates (JB) age 12
Abby Bates (AB) age 14
Lisa Bates (LB) age again not necessary
Sam Bates (SB)
Under the category of you never know what can happen... this family photo was taken on our vacation last summer to VA. This day we are at Chincoteague National Park after crossing the Chesapeake Bay via the bridge at the time of the earthquake. First earthquake in 100 years and where are the Bates'... having the car tire sensor light go off for ... full info