Another Irish Weekend

This past weekend was one of the best weekends of the semester so far, and it happened right here in Ireland! On Friday and Saturday, Meg and I traveled to Cork in southern Ireland. It was beautiful.

This was the Bed and Breakfast we stayed at! The owners made us feel right at home.
This was the bed and breakfast we stayed at! The owners made us feel right at home.

On Friday morning, we had taken an early train and arrived into Cork station around 10 a.m. This gave us plenty of time to check into our bed and breakfast (which was just about the cutest place in the world we could have hoped to stay in). Our B&B was called the Fenroyd House just outside of town, and the owners – Tony and Avril – sat us down as soon as we got there, brewed us a pot of tea/coffee and gave us a map while telling us everything there was to do in Cork and the surrounding areas.

This is the main strip of the city Cobh. The buildings are all painted bright different colors - I love it!
This is the main strip of the city Cobh. The buildings are all painted bright different colors – I love it!

We took them up on one of their recommendations and took the train to an outlying town called Cobh (pronounced Cove) where there is a museum about the Titanic, since it was the last place the ship stopped before heading out to the Atlantic to famously sink. We stood where first class people stood on the deck to watch their loved one’s embark, and we learned about the elegance of Titanic. Truly a great museum.

It's like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! So many different candies.
It’s like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! So many different candies.

After that we walked around town and stopped in a Sweet Shop while taking in the breathtaking view. Then it was time to head back to Cork and eat dinner. I had the best fish and chips I’ve ever eaten, only to be told later that Cork is the food capital of Ireland. Wow!

Saturday brought a whole different adventure: we went to see/kiss the Blarney Stone! According to Irish stories, the Blarney Stone is supposed to give you “the gift of gab” once you kiss it. We kissed the stone, walked through the Poison Garden and a Fern Forest and headed home. It was a tiring, but extremely satisfying weekend.

It’s good to be back in Dublin, but not for long. We head to Austria next week, we stay tuned!

Until next time!

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Mikaila Bisson

Hi there! I'm a Hope Senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan (about 45 minutes North of Detroit). I'm an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis (fitting), and have a Business minor. I'm super active in Hope life. I am a Student Ambassador, the Senior Treasurer on the Executive Board of Nykerk, and was involved in Orientation as an AD. I also work on campus at the Career Development Center as a Career Advisor, and at Hope's Physical Plant. I love playing any kind of sport (soccer's my favorite!), have a weakness for shoes, eat dessert twice a day, read like its my job, am currently watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and have a passion for Golden Retrievers. Contact me at mikaila.bisson@hope.edu because I'd love to hear from any and everyone. Also feel free to follow my super trendy Instagram account at @miktroubleee or my equally as trendy, even more Hope-filled Twitter account at @hopemikaila17 .

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