After our long, wet, gloriously fun slog through Cork on Christmas Eve, we were hoping for a little bit more sun for our Christmas Day jaunts around the (hopefully quiet) city. Our hopes were answered when, on Christmas morning, it was... well, like Christmas! The sun was streaming in through our window and a close-hugging ground mist over the river suggested just a bit of crisp bite in the air.
First, we had to tackle our stockings and gifts, wrapped in very Spartan materials. Why buy rolls of gift wrap that we won't be able to use up? Brown paper from shopping bags and white tissue paper from packing materials made wonderful, practical gift wrap for us.
|Eggs Benedict and Full Irish Breakfast|
|Mist on the River|
|Obligatory Cory-Looking-At-The-Water Shot|
|Cork Rebel Sings|
|St. Fin Barre's Cathedral- Cork|
Interestingly, we found this site totally by accident- not having done much research about Cork before our visit. The plaque in the photo below is apparently a popular place, as we saw pictures of some politicians visiting Cork posing with the same plaque we had just curiously found.
|Cory at Elizabeth Fort|
|View from the South Fork|
|Murphy's Stout Sign Dwarfing that of Guinness|
|Meat, Cheese, Wine, and Everything Nice|
|Cork Christmas Lights|
|Tommy and Gap take the beauty from the scene...|
Try to ignore them
|Christmas Tree in Cork|
|Christmas Night Mist|
At last, we had returned to the warm B&B. We were to make our trip back to Dublin the next day, but we knew even then that this would be a Christmas that we would treasure forever. Cork is a beautiful city, and we were sorry to leave it- but isn't that how one should always travel? "Always leave 'em wanting more" is the phrase, and we believe it also fits with travel planning.