Friday, July 27, 2012

Southern Ireland

Hello ... Are you well?
Fancy a little jaunt to Southern Ireland? Cobh and Cork to be exact ...

Ireland was our last cruise stop - then it was a short hop across the Irish sea back to Liverpool
I have never been to Ireland and the few hours we spent there was certainly not long enough to take in everything that this beautiful Island has to offer ...
Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic before making her fateful voyage ... then it was known as Queenstown 

There is a fabulous museum and heritage centre just on the quayside 
Here is a link should any of you wish to check it out ... 
Around 6 million people emigrated from Ireland between 1848 and 1950 ... the majority settled in the USA and this statue commemorates the first ever emigrants to be processed at the newly opened Ellis Island ... Annie Moore and her two little brothers ...She was just 15 years old.

and right next door is the train station to Cork ...  We opted to spend the few hours we had both in Cork and looking around the heritage centre
By coincidence ... my sweet friend Kirsty sent me this postcard from San Francisco

Beautiful pretty coloured houses ... never did I expect to see a similar thing in Ireland ... but just take a look

Looks more like Italy!

... And never did I expect to see the steep roads like San Francisco ... but I saw this in Cork

Wouldn't like to walk up and down there too often!

Cork is alive with shops and bars ... 

I would like to go back and spend a weekend here just looking around

Of course Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle ... and it is easy to see why ... the land is so green and lush ... this last photo was taken on a moving train and I had to zoom right in to get this ... but it is probably my favourite because it is so ethereal ... and so Ireland!

I hope you enjoyed your trip with me today... 

Till soon be safe

~ Ros ~