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A Relaxing Day in Kinsale

No driving or fighting traffic, just exploring Kinsale on foot.

Along the Scilly Walk

Along the Scilly Walk

This morning I got up early (for me) and headed out to take a few pictures before Kinsale filled with tourists. Oh, I guess I’m a tourist too. Well anyway, before the streets and sidewalks were crowded with cars and people. I was hoping for dramatic morning light, but had to settle for dreary overcast. I walked around for about an Horse before I had to head back the the B&B for breakfast.

Early morning in Kinsale Harbor

Early morning in Kinsale Harbor

After breakfast and doing a few necessary chores, Karen and I headed out for a fresh start on exploring Kinsale. By now the sky was blue, the sun bright, and just a few white fluffy clouds. We decided to hike out to Charles Fort, 5.5 kilometers each way, and see what we’d find. Charles Fort was built by the English in the 1600s to defend against foreign invaders and Irish rebels. This is a “star fort” and covers about 12 acres, its huge. We spent well over an hour just walking around and admiring the views. Out in the bay was what looked to be a youth sailing class (maybe two classes). There must have been three dozen boats out in the water taking advantage of the perfect breezes coming off the ocean.

The Scilly Walk

The Scilly Walk

Main entry to Charles Fort

Main entry to Charles Fort

View from Charles Fort

View from Charles Fort

Charles Fort

Charles Fort

By the way, I should mention that we decided to leave our car in the parking lot today for fear we wouldn’t find a spot when we would eventually need to park again. Traffic and parking is just insane here. I’m totally surprised that cars aren’t all banged up the way they weave in and out of tiny alley ways and into heaven traffic everywhere. Oh, and they don’t slow down. I doubt that any traffic laws are enforced in city limits.

Kinsale harbor from Scilly Point

Kinsale harbor from Scilly Point

Bell tower of St. Multose’s Church

Bell tower of St. Multose’s Church

St. Multose’s Church

St. Multose’s Church

Stained glass in St. Multose’s Church

Stained glass in St. Multose’s Church

Inside St. Multose’s Church

Inside St. Multose’s Church

When Karen and I returned from Charles Fort we scouted out the local Information Center and got lots of ideas of things to see. Oh, I should also mention the Kinsale has very little flat ground. Except for right along the harbor, the town is built on a hillside. So we climbed up to the castle and then up to a very old church and then up to the municipal hall (old city hall). By now we were pretty worn out and it was time for a break. We went back to our B&B and Karen read while I took a nap (hey, I did get up early).

Colorful boots

Colorful boots

A boat load of flowwers

A boat load of flowwers

Fishing boats at Kinsale Harbor

Fishing boats at Kinsale Harbor

Vintage Fiat 500 on the streets of Kinsale

Vintage Fiat 500 on the streets of Kinsale

Kinsale Harbor from Compass Hill

Kinsale Harbor from Compass Hill

The Bulman Bar, Kinsale

The Bulman Bar, Kinsale

Blue Heron looking for lunch

Blue Heron looking for lunch

In the early evening we went for another long walk along the waterfront in the opposite direction from this morning. By now we were getting hungry so we found a nice quiet place for dinner. By the time we got back to the B&B it was about 9:00 and time for me to start writing.

I think I have met my match with my “new” camera. It’s just way too complicated for me. I seem to have bumped something and now I can’t figure out how to get the settings back where they were. There is no simple paper manual that I could have brought with me, instead there is a 200 +/- page on-line manual. I’ve studied it and studied it and still can’t seem to retain how to adjust this thing. I’ve given up and use it only when it looks like its working. Most of the time now I’m using my phone. The phone takes better pictures anyway.

Tomorrow were on the move again. I’ll be writing from Kenmare, County Cork.

Jim

Posted by olytrains 14:53

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Wonderful colors and photos. Looks like you are having fun with your camera despite the complications. Doesn't sound like anything tho, that a couple pints of Guinness can’t solve

by PhotoKent

Jim and Karen, glad you enjoyed my namesake pub in Dingle; looks like the weather was favorable too. BR John

by Jrbenny

Your photos are all excellent regardless if you used your camera or phone. I enjoyed reading you adventures. Kinsale is such a beautiful area. Part of my Irish ancestors immigrated from the Kinsale area.

by littlesam1

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