Those Quirky Ones

While doing the short city tour of Cork in our car, because it was raining outside and we had a flight to catch and had only an hour to ourselves to tour the city, I found some cute and quirky shop names. Here are the ones I ended up capturing on my phone.

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The Poor Relation Grocery & Pub
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The Funky Skunk

There were one in Bandon (in the County of Cork) called ‘The Found Out Cafe’ which I thought was quite funny but didn’t get a picture of the same.

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Boy! This says it all about Cork ๐Ÿ˜‰

Disaster Memorial

Our final stop in Ireland was at an Air India Disaster Memorial at Ahakista. The flight from Montreal to Delhi via London was blown up in the Irish space in 1985. There is a beautiful park created in memorial of those 329 people who died. It was suggested to us by a local so we decided to drive down. It was around 40 mins drive from Dunmanway and a very small and beautiful coastal place. People from India, especially the relatives of those who died still come here to pay their homages, it seems and the people in Ahakista put them up in their homes during their stay. What a nice gesture.1-IMG_36001-IMG_36021-IMG_36091-IMG_36301-IMG_3634

 

Moher

Our next stop was Cliffs of Moher, another three hours journey (along with a ferry ride in between ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). The weather became typically Irish, according to my friend-cum-guide. It was a “soft day” (that means it was drizzling all the time and was very cloudy) I was covered in almost 4 layers of clothes and changing from wide angle lens to telephoto in that weather was no fun. But it was a very lovely place and next time would definitely do that walk over the cliffs, if and when there is a next time.
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All aboard the Titanic

My next stop was Cobh. This is the place famous for being the last port call for the ship RMS Titanic. They have a heritage center dedicated for the same along with the history ofย Cobh.
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This is Annie Moore and her two sons who boarded the ship from Cove / Cobh/ Queenstown (as it was called in 1920’s)1-IMG_35051-IMG_3438

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Booked my baggage and went aboard.1-IMG_3459

It was fun to see the inside story and the history of not just the Titanic but other ships which sailed past and their histories.1-IMG_3470

The tickets will belong to real people who traveled in the given ship. You will figure out their fates once you are done with the tour.

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Looks like Margaret Rice and her children didn’t survive the journey ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

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Cobh Heritage Center

After that journey, we went on for a walk around the town for some photographs.ย 1-IMG_35121-IMG_3520

 

Valley of Two Lakes

About 3 hours drive from Dunmanway is a place called Glendalough (pronounced as Glen da Loch), a place known for its monastic settlement. If you visit that place you will know why it is a perfect place for a monastery. So much peace, so much calm, so much nature. Ufff! It was so beautiful. There are also trails you can hike depending on your stamina level. And the place is huge. We decided to go on the long walk around the place upto the upper lake and then walk back. Again close to 3-4 hours to visit the whole place. This place holds a special place in my life now ๐Ÿ™‚ Would definitely go back if I get another chance and may be next time, will try one of those hikes too.

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Kevin’s Church
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The monalithic Round Tower
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Lower Lake
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Upper Lake
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Towards Upper Lake
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View on the way back from Upper Lake
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Lead Mining site on the way to Glendalough