Travel Buddy and I hopped the train back down to Cobh and met up with Steve (Mr MIP) and the other guys. We had been graciously invited to dinner at a house that ended up being right on the harbor. So beautiful to look out their front picture window and see the water. As a side note, the previous time we had been to Cobh, we asked about visiting the cemetery to see the Lusitania grave, the lady said, oh, maybe a twenty minute walk… yeah, um, not so much. We walked FOREVER and were about to give up after the second hill, but I said to my Travel Buddy, “We cannot travel all the way from Aurora to Cobh and give up five minutes away from our destination!” After having pulled out the Mom’s Motivational Speech for Walking Really Far Without Complaining, we finally found the cemetery. It was funny, then, that we were in Cobh a total of three times, two of which we could have just asked them to drive us out there. Oh well, we suffered for family. Tradition! Tradition!
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Before dinner we had a wonderful walk along the harbor with Ted as our host and tour guide. He gave information about the city’s history and the city’s future plans and was very interesting to talk to. He was originally from South Africa and also told me interesting stories about his time working for the Dept of Agriculture in South Africa. He would go to different small farms and teach the farmers how best to use their land, etc. Very interesting. Here are various pictures from our walk:
Downtown (I hope you’re noting the narrow, narrow streets!)
Apparently nobody told them the news. It’s gonna be a long wait for your boat, guys!
Another first for us! Travel Buddy gets to ride a scooter for the first time! I’m in the background, making a weird face as Ted tells us cool stories.
I actually really liked this statue. It was called “The Navigator,” and he’s looking on the ships – helping them get safely to their destination. (Obviously, he was only built A.F. – After Flooding.) (See where the buildings start to curve in? Right there is where the Lusitania memorial is – right in the middle of that street.)
Okay – again, not the best photo. But it’s to show you how their apartment looks onto the harbor there. Go beyond that harbor and you’re in the Atlantic Ocean. And, for a certain occasional reader of my blog, ahem…look closely enough and you’ll see the Caprese Salad. I ate a whole extra serving in your honor.
As an additional note, they recommended a movie made about a man from South Africa who has had a great outreach to people with the gospel. The movie’s title is Faith Like Potatoes. It’s a true story and they highly recommended it. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on my Netflix list. Just thought you might like to put it on your list.