It has to be said, the best way to arrive in Ireland after a 10 hour journey is definitely with a full Irish breakfast. But what’s a full Irish breakfast and how is it any different from a full ENGLISH breakfast? Good question. They are both delicious, but the Irish breakfast I have comes with white pudding and soda bread – yum.
Anyway, after arriving in Dublin we drove south, passing through Cork and made a stop in Skibbereen. One thing you’ll notice about the buildings in Ireland is that they are all painted different colours. No one seems to bat an eyelid about painting their house bright pink while the house next door is bright green. While the choices of colours may be questionable, it’s certainly better to look at than the buildings we have at home.
Another thing I like about Ireland is that the people are so friendly. If you’re walking down the street people will always say hello to you. If you’re driving, people will give you a wave even if they don’t know you.
A full 17 hours after leaving Leeds I arrived in the familiar town of Schull. Familiar because I’ve been coming here for about 20 years (which makes me sound REALLY old), but it’s like a second home. Imagine waking up every morning to this view…
Unfortunately the weather has been wet wet wet, but I’ve still managed to go for a few lunches in the local pub and done a bit of photography.
Today I decided to stray from Schull and took a bus to Cork for the day. It took about 2 and a half hours to get there but Cork is a great city to explore. It was difficult to do everything in one day but I managed to check out Cork University Campus, Glucksman Gallery, Crawford Gallery, the English Market and Cork City Gaol. I’d say visiting the old prison was probably the most interesting attraction I saw. Partly because it completely freaked me out. For the most part I was looking round on my own as there didn’t seem to be many other visitors. But I wasn’t completely alone because there were weird manikins everywhere which was more than a little bit creepy.
Nevertheless a good end to my visit. Now to prepare for a long journey home tomorrow!