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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Kinsale: another harbor town

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All of us -- 45 students, 3 instructors, Don and I -- hopped on a bus yesterday for a 30-minute ride from Cork to Kinsale (emphasis on the second syllable - "sale"). This is another quaint harbor town, like Cobh, with lots of history and charm.



The hills of Kinsale overlook a harbor that leads to the Irish Sea. A famous battle here in 1601 between the Irish (with Spanish allies) and the British ended in British victory.


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Don and I cruised the harbor for an hour, finding the Charles Fort, a classic star-shaped fort (photos below).


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Kinsale is the gourmet capital of Ireland, and so after our cruise, we had dinner with the instructors Linda, Phil and Jim. I had a wonderful stuffed seabass.

There was a "poetry trail" all around Kinsale with poems posted every here and there. I did not intend for this photo of two of our students and Jim, an instructor, to be associated with each other. Nor do I personally feel this way about men from my own experience. Click on the photo to enlarge and read the poem by Wendy Cope.

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9 comments:

Ginnie said...

Didn't mean to be first again but, sorry, I can't help it! I just love what you're doing and where you're going and the pics you're posting! Did Don really find a non-yellow shirt, just for the halibut, to stick to his guns :) Those "bloody men!"

Heather said...

Ha, bloody men! (giggle). I bet those guys love that you got a shot of them with that poem. Perfect! I'm enjoying the photo tour, Ruth. Keep 'em coming.

Rauf said...

Just wondering why those men are not in a pub. Lovely pictures again Ruth.

Though not their language, Irish have given best of English literature.

Rauf said...

Are your students and the instructor discussing the poem ?

some one wrote out of sheer frustration. Its same everywhere Ruth.
some buses never stop, the one you get into doesn't take you where you want to go.

Deeply religious, they all seem to have a good family life.

Amy said...

Still loving the pictures!! Hope you two are having a wonderful time!

Ruth said...

Ginnie, you can always be first as far as I'm concerned. Today Don is wearing green, thank you. :)

Ruth said...

Heather, you would have LOVED all the poems around Kinsale. I'll post more of them later.

Ruth said...

Rauf, they are in a pub most of the time, believe me, every evening until late, "The Thirsty Scholar" for one.

I so love the Irish and want to learn more about them.

Ruth said...

Amy, thank you, I'm glad you like the pictures. :) You would have so much fun here. We're having a blast, even though much of my time is spent ironing out the logistical issues that come up.