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April 29, 2008

Another London Entry

My flight to Canada was from London to Montreal. Why, you might be wondering? Because, it is impossible to buy a direct flight from Dublin to Canada before the 1st of May. And so, not unhappily, I dragged myself back to London for a quick couple of days of sight seeing and visiting friends. Oh, and in case you were wondering why I went back to Canada, well... Ontario gives each of its residents 2 years worth of total travelling time before they cut off your OHIP privileges and since I've now been away for over two years I have to put my feet on Canadian soil every six months or lose my OHIP, which would create more headaches than I wish to deal with.

So, back to London. My first stop (after dropping off my bags) was Camden to jack myself up on caffeine and survey what damage remained from the fire.

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Green Park. An lovely place to lounge on a sunny afternoon.

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A random statue in Berkeley Square

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Trafalgar Square

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And lastly a witty political mural in Islington. For those of you who don't know, Tesco's is a very large grocery store chain in the UK and Ireland that many people feel wields unfair power in the marketplace.

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April 28, 2008

Cork - more from the land of pretty

Well, it took me about three weeks to get back to this, but I am finally finishing my Cork entries. I got sidetracked by a trip to Ottawa, Toronto and Los Angeles. Photos (hopefully) to follow.

So... to continue where I left off... These photos were taken on the walk between the university and Cork's City Goal.

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The journey to Cork's City Goal wasn't nearly as simple as Moa (Did I mention that I went to Cork with my Swedish friend Moa? Didn't? How very rude of me!) and I anticipated. Firstly, the Goal is a much longer walk than it would appear to be on the map. Secondly, if you are feeling a bit turned around on your journey to the Goal and endeavor to ask any of Cork's residents about the best way to the Goal, or how much longer you have to walk they will all look at you in a very confused manner and claim that they've never heard of any Goal. Luckily, they have heard of the Old Jail which you will discover to be the same thing. Thirdly, as well as the journey being long, it is also uphill, (as are many destinations in Cork) so be sure to be wearing comfortable shoes.

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(That's Moa in the distance)
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They have refurbished the old cells completely with furniture wax figures of sickly inmates and sullen guards to ensure you get the full sense of the 19th century Goal experience.
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This next set was taken in the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery. I was especially impressed with the Sculpture Galleries.

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(Samuel Beckett in Paris)
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(The view from the Lee South Channel)

St. Finnbarre's Cathedral

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April 1, 2008

Cork - the land of pretty

I went to Cork on Easter Weekend and had a lovely time. Unusually, I took absolutely no photos. Luckily I also went the weekend of February 15th and took a zillion photos.

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(Cork and the Lee North Channel)
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(One of Cork's many cozy lanes packed with cafes, restaurants and local shops)
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The next two photos are from Shandon neighbourhood, home of St. Anne's Church, more commonly known at the 'Four-Faced Liar'. This is the area I stayed both times I was in Cork and houses the most active church bells I've ever hear. I've even heard them playing at 4am. A slightly surreal experience. Never mind what I was doing awake at 4 am...

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I was amazed by the lush beauty of University College Cork. University College Dublin may have a more prestigious history, but Cork wins by a long shot for its gardens and peaceful ambiance.

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Looking back towards the city and Lee North Channel)
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