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Cobh, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Friday, 19 September 2014

View 2015-02 South America & 2014-09 Royal Princess on greynomadm's travel map.

Our ship sailed at the amazing speed of 23 knots from Belfast to arrive at Cobh at 08:30 under a dreary sky. The locals claim to have had two weeks of sunshine and the clouds arrived with the ship. I suspect the Irish are sometimes known to stretch the truth.

We set off for our two hour coach trip to Waterford through the amazing Irish countryside. In Waterford we visited the crystal factory where we were conducted through the various stages of the production. No surprise that we finished the tour in the show room. There were many exquisite treasures on sale and even a free shipping offer for purchases over EU 200.00.

We had about two hours to wander through the town and explore the many crooked, narrow cobbled streets. How the coach driver managed to get us in and out of these places still amazes me. Following a slightly different route we stopped at the town of Lismore where we were again free to wander the streets. I was particularly impressed by the quaint cottages that lined the narrow sidewalks.

Throughout the day we managed to dodge the rain which fell from time to time while we were on the coach but thankfully held off when we were walking the streets. The weather was mild throughout but the overcast combined with a mist or fog to prevent any clear photos. Lots of magnificent landscapes but devoid of perceivable detail.

We arrived at the ship's side just after 17:30 after a very long day ashore. Without bothering to change we decided to have dinner in the Horizon Court rather than the dinning room. Back in the cabin and lots of images to review. Most are 'interesting' but of questionable quality and I had some difficulty finding one to upload.

The ship is again speeding along at near maximum speed as the captain attempts to avoid some unpleasant weather on our way to St John, Newfoundland. We have three sea days as we follow the route taken by the ill fated Titanic.

Change of time zone gives us another 25 hour day just to confuse us again.

There's an image from Lismore at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-19
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 13:34 Archived in Ireland

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You didn't mention whether Jenny got to "shop" while on the Waterford tour. That would be hard to pass up. One thing that is surprising me is how busy most of the cities have been with traffic and the talk of the narrow streets. Guess it's a good thing you're dealing with experienced drivers. Do hope you don't have 3 days of unpleasant sea weather ahead. Surely you're due a break soon.

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