Archive for May, 2009

Old and new Cork City

Before we leave Cork and travel to Dublin, I thought I’d post some photos illustrating the contrasts between old and new Cork. Cork, more than any ohter city we’ve been to in Ireland, embraces the new as it still preserves much of the old. Cork is a compact city. It’s downtown (or An Lár) features lots of shopping (and the English Market), wide boulevards and narrow streets, lots of churches, and many bridges over the river. Intermixed with all this, much of it old, are modern buildings and urban spaces. Take a look.

May 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

Kinsale, Fishy Fishy and the Wine Geese

Out of Cork we took a day trip to Kinsale, which is known as the  gourmet capital Ireland. the day we were there it was incredibly windy, so no going out on the boat that day. There was a good chop in the water in the harbor so I was glad we couldn’t go sailing. We did explore the town and ate lunch at Fishy Fishy. Since it was April and way off season we walked in and were seated. I’ve heard about 2 hour or more waits in the tourist season. The food was soooo good and it certainly lived up the hype.

Afterwords, after visiting churches, we went to Desmond Castle and the International Museum of Wine, where we did learn of the “wine geese.” The “Wine Geese” was the name given to families who migrated from Ireland in the 17th to the 19th centuries. Some of them went to France and into the wine trade and are often referred to as the “Irish Wine Geese” Ever wonder how a French cognac got a name like Hennessy? Or why French Bordeaux is called Lynch-Bages?

Then a visit to Charles Fort with a look over the harbor.

May 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment


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