|By train from Cork to Cobh, Ireland.|
|In Cobh, Ireland.|
Additionally, Cobh is as beautiful as one can imagine. Leaving the train station, and walking along the water-front, the town reveals itself as a line of one-, two- and three-story storefronts, shops and restaurants. The weather was warm and sunny, although (as is always the case in Ireland, we've discovered) rain clouds were here and there threatening a bit of a shower. Later, during our stay, it did shower for a few minutes, and the rain came down hard and dense. Fortunately, Linda and I had decided to take our rain-gear, so we were completely protected.
We had a chance to ask a passerby if he was familiar with Cobh. "I've been here all me life," he said. "So yes, I'd say I'm familiar with this part of the world". We asked that, if he were go get a meal, where would "he" go?? He didn't hesitate when he suggested three pubs for a meal -- "oh, and they're not too expensive -- let me say", he pointed out finally. We thanked him and went on our way. We chose a crowded place on a busy corner called "The Tradewinds" for a late lunch. Again, as was our experience yesterday, the food was "outa sight". One of the most delicious meals I've enjoyed anywhere.
|Lunch at the Tradewinds, Cobh.|
We made our way back to Cork on the 4:30 train and continued wandering around Cork itself. After a couple of hours we decided a cup of coffee or tea would finish off the day -- so we found a place called "Market Lane". We were seated and enjoyed a Murphy's, a Bailey's and some bar food before heading back to our lodgings for the evening.
I'll say it again. Ireland is one of the friendliest parts of the world I've visited. Everyone is helpful and pleasant. We found people will "take us there" if directions are confusing. Everywhere -- on trains and busses, in the restaurants, on the street and in the shops,
|Rain, sure -- bring it on!!|
So, tomorrow we're off to Killarney. Tuesday we thought we go to Limerick and Wednesday, possibly Waterford.