Posted by: travelrat | May 30, 2012



September 18th, 2011

In some ways, Cork rather reminded me of Salisbury. Not because of any real physical resemblance, but because of what Bill Bryson once wrote. He said Salisbury is best seen from the top of a double-decker bus, because modern shop fronts have been built on to some lovely old buildings. That’s the case in Cork, too. From ground level, it looks just like any other city; the beauty usually starts on the second storey.

Yes, there are double-deck buses here; like in many other cities, there are open-top ones, offering city tours. But, we didn’t take one; with the Big Australia Trip looming, we’d restricted ourselves to a fairly tight budget. So, we walked,

We saw the cathedral, the butter market and a round building called the Firkin Crane …. I shall refrain from making the obvious remark here!

Here, I have another issue. Electricity cables; thick, ugly, overhead ones You really have to move around to get a picture which excludes them. Or, if all else fails, there’s always Photoshop.

In the afternoon, we drove back to Kinsale. Now, Kinsale has the reputation of being the ‘gourmet capital of Ireland’, but we didn’t sample any of the gourmet food … that budget again! So, we had fish and chips at Dino’s, on Pier Road. And, they take their place in the top five of the best I’ve ever tasted. And, coming from the No. 1 fan of Harry Ramsden’s, that is praise indeed!


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  1. It’s a pretty place. Quite quaint perched on the water like that. ‘Firkin Crane’…. *giggle*

  2. Hi Keith,
    Lovely photos, looks like a nice place, very unusual with the the concrete on the sides of the river.

  3. I think great fish & chips count as Gourmet food too

    • A lady after my own heart!

      I remember a chef once telling me that a lot of what we call ‘gourmet food’ can be found in an Italian truck driver’s lunch box!

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