Daytripping to Kinsale

From Cork, I took a daytrip to Kinsale, set on a beautiful harbour in Co. Cork. I arrived early, in need of coffee. I immediately found Poets Corner, a great little cafe with cozy bookshelves, big windows, comfy seats, and delicious coffee and sandwiches. I could have easily spent all day here, drinking tea and…

Off to Cork

I haven’t been to Cork in years, and so decided to visit this year. The rain (constant) kept me from spending a lot of time wandering; I picked a few highlights and made sure to catch them, like the English Market and shopping. I also took in Finbarr’s Cathedral, one of the most beautiful in…

Cashel

After seeing JM off for her flight home, I grabbed a bus from the airport and headed to Cashel. After spending a couple weeks revisiting some favourite places, it was time to head to somewhere new. Despite the light mist of rain, I wandered the small town. When I arrive into a new place, I…

A Last Day in Dublin

Arriving in Dublin, JM and I wanted to take in theTemple Bar. Despite being a huge tourist spot, you just have to take it in. Dublin and Sweden were playing the next day and Temple Bar was awash with yellow and blue, along with hundreds of drunk Swedes. We had a drink in the overcrowded…

Belfast Beckons

With only 24 hours to spend in Belfast, we headed out of Portrush. We checked into our hostel, which had grown bigger and better in the last couple years. And once again, I was recognised for a stay from two years ago. Considering I am a fairly quiet guest, this surprises me! With such a…

A Second Chance

Since JM and I had not actually seen the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway, we scrapped our previous plans for the day and jumped back on the bus to the Causeway. This time, however, we walked down to the stones. It was so quiet! While it had been busy the day before, and trailers…

The Antrim Coast

Portrush, a holiday seaside resort in Northern Ireland, would be our home base for the next few days. JM began by taking a lazy day and strolling around the town. Quiet mid-week, or off season, on this August Sunday (the last of the high season), the place was packed with people enjoying one final day…

A Date With Derry

Derry. Londonderry. Call it what you will, it’s the UK City of Culture for 2013. With a number of events planned to bring people to this fantastic city, they will discover this cozy pocket in Northern Ireland. Over the few days JM and I were there, we had lots to take in. Arriving by train…