We started driving into the mountains and it turned out being a beautiful drive. Shaking, fast, and hard to hold on, but beautiful scenery of hill sides covered in flowers, trees and big boulders. Not to mention many, many sheep! It got be really excited to see the sheep dog herding demonstration.
We stopped at Saint Kevin’s Monastery on the way to Cobh and strolled around and ate lunch. I was impressed by the church’s architecture. You could see the old stones on the bottom as a foundation were still there when they placed a new stone structure on top. They held the stones together with mortar.
The next two hours to Cobh I slept and slept and slept. When we got into town, we saw an awesome scenic view. We joked no one had their camera ready but when we pulled over, it was actually because that was right where our hotel was! We are up from the ocean, you can see out very far.
We did a Titanic walking tour that took us down the hill to the ocean and back up the other side. It was beautiful weather and very interesting to hear about Cobh and their involvement in the ships history. Michael, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable and has actually published books on the subject, placed placards around his tour walk and created and wrote this tour.
Tonight we have a group dinner and tomorrow off to kiss the Blarney stone!
After a week jam packed with interesting lectures and site-seeing, I was extremely happy to have today as a completely free day to enjoy Dublin on my own terms. I began by catching up on a little sleep. Feeling the breeze come in the window and the sun letting me know it was almost eleven o’clock. I got ready and accompanied Andy while he interviewed Steve Conway who wrote “Shiprocked: Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline.” I jumped at the opportunity to shoot him and got a few different locations and shot I am really happy with.
Steve was kind enough to drive us to the beach, something I really wanted to get to do and see but didn’t really have the means. In retrospect, I would have not made it on foot because at the end of the Key, there was no public access. Instead we got an awesome ride out to the other side of the bay where there was sand and rocks and you could look in and see Dublin. It was such a nice day! Beautiful weather and a great experience that we stumbled upon.
Today sadly is our last day in Dublin but I’m excited to see what’s next!
I enjoyed our train ride to Belfast . The countryside was beautiful and I was able to shoot a lot of photos from the windows. It wasn’t evident to me when we actually entered Northern Ireland until we stepped off the train and onto the bus. From then on I felt an erie difference between Dublin and Belfast. We drove down streets with barbed wire and murals in remembrance of the Troubles. It really actually creeped me out. Once getting deeper into Center City I was a little relieved but still felt the presence of many years of struggle.
While there we met Gerry Patterson at the Belfast Telegraph. He was extremely nice, young, and outgoing. His lecture was right up my ally talking about the integration of the news to the internet. I was surprised to find out that unlike Southern Ireland and its lack of broadband and need for fast internet, Belfast was basically all broadband. He said everyone has an iPhone, a laptop, the new technology but they often hide them away until they are behind closed doors. Interesting!
After we returned on the last train into Dublin, we cleaned up and when to the Temple Bar which is an area of pubs and night life. It was a lot of fun and nice to relax after a someone strange day in what felt like a different universe. Dublin felt comfortable and more like home.