Things to do in Cork City

Hello lovelies!

It is always hard for people visiting or even those moving to a new place to find their way around the new area. It takes time and experience to build up a list of favourite places and things to do when you are a newbie and there is nothing more frustrating than trial and error.

In light of this, after living in Cork City for 2 years, I have come up with a list of places and restaurants that I absolutely love on my days off.

1. Son of a Bun

If you want a mouthwatering burger, this is the place to go. Of all the burgers I have ever tasted, this has to be the best by a million miles.

TinyTip1: You cannot book in advance so go early enough as there might be a long wait for a table.

TinyTip2: You can choose to go to the restaurant, book your meal and pay for it even before a table comes available. I find this is handy as you don’t need to wait for your food to come once you are seated.

2. Boojum

My best friend introduced me to this cute little burrito bar. She is a big foodie and I always trust her judgement when it comes to where to eat. I had never eaten a burrito before she took me here and now, I am addicted to them. Boojum is very a pocket friendly restaurant so if you are looking for a good burrito and don’t want to dish out much cash, this is the place to go.

3. A walk along Castle Road

This road is probably the mist picturesque road I have seen in Cork City. Where in winter, summer, autumn or spring, castle road, in my opinion is the best walking trail in the city? With a Quay (river) flowing on the side and a line of tree all perfectly arched up majestically over your head, what more could you ask of a walking trail?

In the summer, the trail busks with green trees and rays of light escaping through the brunches.

In the autumn as the less start fading from green to a series of red, yellow, black, orange, pink, magenta, and brown. It is magical.

The best part is that it leads to the Blackrock Castle where you can enjoy the picturesque view of the water from the beach or the castle.

TinyTip4: Take a €3 and enjoy a lovely cappuccino at the Castle Restaurant

TinyTip5: Lovely for dogs and children.

This is probably my favourite thing to do in Cork especially in spring and summer.

4. Thai Nepal Restaurant

Ok lads and lasses, STOP THE LIGHTS! This is hands down the most delicious food I have EVER eaten and I have had loads of good food. I knew nothing about Nepal before that glorious day when friends of our invited us to join them for dinner at Thai Nepal Restaurant and I fell madly in love with Nepal, its culture and mostly its food. All I want to do is go to Nepal and do nothing but eat their food for ever.

This food is so good, we have been back 5 times in two weeks. Yes, that is how good the food is. It doesn’t matter who you are and what food you like, you will 99% like the food in this restaurant.

I recommend the Nepalese chicken curry and/or the butter chicken with pilao rice and garlic nun bread.

They also deliver with Deliveroo around the city area so if you fancy an evening in with take out, give them a ring.

You can thank me later.

5.

Myrtleville Beach

This is a little hidden beach near Crosshaven about 25 minutes from Cork City. We accidentally discovered this hidden gem one Friday evening after searching for a romantic restaurant for date night. We drove to Bunnyconnellan Restaurant but were too early so we decided to take a walk as the ocean seem quite close to the restaurant.

The beach is quiet and over looks a vast endless ocean of the southern waters and to the west and east are gorgeous rocks pulled together with steams flowing between them.

On a hot summers day, this beach is lovely for a picnic and/or day at the beach.

As it is quite hidden, you wont find too many people hetr at all.

I hope you guys enjoyed my suggestion of things you can do while in Cork. If you like my blog, please do like, comment and follow. I would love to hear from ya.☺

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See you next week.

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Touring Killarney on a Horse and a Bike

Hello, lovelies,

Great to see you back on my blog. If you are new, welcome!

Last weekend brought us to the gorgeous Killarney which is west of Cork. I had planned a romantic night of relaxation with my hubby and while there and decided to blog about it.

We left home on Friday afternoon and drove 85km west to the lovely Killarney town. This must be my favorite place in Ireland thus far- after Cork, of course. Almost like the Cork people, Kerry people a very jovial, welcoming and are quick to start a conversation with a willing stranger.

The first day was a romantic experience for hubby and I, so I will not bore you with the details on here.

You can never trust the weatherman in Ireland but every now and then, he is on point- mostly when the weather is predicted to be unfavorable. Obviously, we were hoping for a lovely, sunny spring weekend but we got a dry and mostly overcast day. When you live in this part of the world, the weather is grand as long as it is accompanied by the word ‘dry’.

We spent the night in Killarney Riverside Hotel, which is a four-star hotel just a few kilometers from the town center. The hotel was good enough and the staff is really good, but in my opinion, the hotel does not deserve four stars.

The room was very clean and comfortable but quite small and basic- really nothing to write home about. The bathroom was adequate but did not have travel size toothpaste and toothbrushes which I expected it to have and therefore hadn’t packed any of our own. (Don’t worry, we bought some in the shops, of course).

After indulging in Mug and Bean breakfast every day for 2 whole weeks during our holiday to Cape Town in December, the breakfast served at the hotel was a huge letdown. It was so basic, unflavored and not inviting at all. The only thing I loved about it was the croissants and pork sausages served.

After breakfast, we drove down to the town to see what it has to offer. We found parking on the main street and walked down to the horse carriages where we were offered an hours ride around the Killarney national park.

If you are ever in Killarney, I recommend that you do one of these rides- they are phenomenal!

Our horse’s name was Suzy and the man in charge was Olly. Oh, what a pair! The fascinating thing to me was that Suzy seemed to know the land pretty well. She knew exactly when to stop so we could get out and take pictures, she knew when to go faster and when to slow down without being prompted by Olly even once. I am officially buying a horse! 😂

Olly was such a great tour guide and such a laugh. We laughed almost all the way through our tour as his commentary was hilarious. The national park itself is nothing short of amazing and full of life. On a spring day like this one, there were lots of flowers that had only recently blossomed and lots more that were only just budding. Got me thinking that a trip here in May when all the life is newly blooming might be a great idea.

We saw lake Lough Leane which is the biggest of the Killarney lakes and a host to a handful of small islands. The streams were flowing calmly through the park which made for a wonderful water flow sound throughout the journey. A herd of deer grazed peacefully with only a young male one raising his head to ensure we were of no danger to the herd. People walked and jogged passed and children played all through the park.

We journeyed by the Lough Leane on which Olly pointed out to us the worlds smallest island which only has space for two but is too close to the shore that no monkey business can ever go on there.

Our final stop was the Ross Castle. I need not remind you of my LOVE for castles. Although most people just go to these for a good photo, to me, they represent such a rich history. Whenever I am in a castle I imagine the people that probably lived, worked and passed through here. Were they as happy as I am to be here? Was the castle owner a good person? Were the workers treated well? Those are the questions that run through my mind when I am at a castle. Of course, I got some shots and at the end of the tour, we headed back to the town.

Our next stop was Lyne’s bike rental to get some bikes. Killarney is biking central. Everyone is on a bike here and you know- when in Rome… The process was quick and easy enough and only cost us €20 together for the half day. (It is €20 per person for the full day)

If you are traveling with passengers at the back, I recommend a bike rack as the bikes will obviously not fit in the car. If you are traveling just one or two people, they will fit in the back of the car although you have to be a bit clever in the way you put them in.

Back to the story! We drove down to the Muckross where we decided to park our car and ride our bikes around the grounds. I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was about 13 years old so I was more comfortable riding along the longer route which had fewer people in case I knocked someone dead. Oh, my was this fun! It reminded me of the good old days when my siblings and I would ride our bikes all day long in the suburbs. We would hold bike riding competitions with the other kids in the neighborhood and my little brother was always a champion biker.

Anyhow, if you are visiting Killarney, do visit the Muckross house and take a guided tour. It is definitely worth the effort. We didn’t go to the Muckross Abbey as we had to get something to eat and head back to the hotel for a spa appointment.

I will not ramble on about the spa as I feel it was a very personal experience.

For dinner, we went to Treyvaud Restaurant in Killarney town which was absolutely lovely, to say the least. On our way back from dinner, we bumped into a really lovely group of gentlemen who offered to take a photo of us. A few even jumped into the photo themselves. What a laugh!

The rest of the evening’s activities were a bit too personal and I will not delve into them here. You see, whenever hubby and I go away, the day’s activities are for the blog and the evening’s activities are reserved for quality ‘us time’- which y’all don’t want to hear about anyway. I shall leave you to let your imaginations go wild. 😉

Here are a few tips I picked up during our weekend in Killarney.

TinyTip1: You would rather stay in a Bed & Breakfast as most hotels in Killarney are way too highly priced and honestly not worth the hype in my opinion.

TinyTip2: You have to pay for street parking so travel with some coins if necessary.

TinyTip3: The best time to visit Killarney is in May. This is when the plants, trees, and flowers are new and freshly grown-up ready for the summer. It’s almost like they were off rehearsing the show for the summer tourists during the winter and May is when they put on their first full show. Also if you want to avoid the peak season crowds, May is the best time of the year.

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Cheers,

Your humble Boujee traveler.

Xxx