A July 2004 trip
to Cork by laura ruiz
Quote: I am really excited to be selected for the Global Exchanges program from Mexico City to go to the European culture city Cork.
I am looking forward to knowing more about the place and to know more things about the European travel patron.
We went to the Cork office. It seems to be as big as the Mexico office.
We met other guides from France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, England, Malta, Italy and many other nationalities. They are really nice guys. Then we went to Luigi Malone’s Restaurant and we really enjoyed delicious Italian food and drinks.
We went to visit some pubs where I drank Guinness and Murphy beers. We went to the GQ Disco, which played good music and has a big dance floor and it was really crowded.
On Monday we went to Blarney Castle and Rock, "home of the Blarney Stone."
You can enjoy this place if you take the Cork city tour on a double-decker bus.
Cork has unpredictable weather because the next day it rained and we came soaking wet to the office.
But it is different kind of experience to enjoy in the rain.
This tour starts with a historical narrative about West Cork of the 1940s. You can have a fun and memorable day out in Clonakilty, located overlooking Clonakilty Bay on the coast road to the magnificent blue flag beach of Inchidoney. The unique West Cork model railway village on the bay is a delightful discovery for both young and old alike. Here, one can step back in time and follow the route of a miniaturised version of the former West Cork Railway and experience life as it was in the 1940s.
The models and figurines are handmade at the model village to a scale of 1.24.
The Drombeg Stone Circle, some two miles east of the village of Glandore in county Cork, has long been regarded as the exemplar of the recumbent stone circles of the south/west or Ireland.
The site dates back to the years 1124-794 BC. The site deservedly attracts many visitors each year and has been the most well known monument in the area since it was excavated in the 1950s by a Cork archeological team.
They discovered many interesting features, including the pleasant arrangement of hut sites and a Fulacht Fiadh (cooking place of the hunters) built around a natural spring to the west of the circle.
The stone circle consists of seventeen stones. The area enclosed averages 9.3 metres in diameter.
The stones of the circle are hewn from a locally found sandstone, though from where they originally came is not known. The smooth inner faces of most stones probably took a great deal of effort to achieve.
If you take a direct line from the entrance where the two portal stones are, you will find that the axis of the circle lies NE-SW.
The Recumbent Stone is the most fundamental stone of the circle, being the most laboriously worked of all and the one which appears to have the primary role in the largely unknown astronomical functions of the circle.
The top of the Recumbent Stone has been carved to achieve its almost entirely horizontal and inward sloping dimensions. On the surface can be seen the inscription of three cup and ring marks.
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