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.
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.
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.
Our next stop was Cliffs of Moher, another three hours journey (along with a ferry ride in between 😉 ). 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.
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 🙂 Would definitely go back if I get another chance and may be next time, will try one of those hikes too.