Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ireland Day Four, Fota Island and Cobh

Portia asked us if we could go to a zoo while we're on our trip (England had a whole bunch of little zoos when we went), so we found a Wildlife Center near at Fota Island.

Fota Wildlife Center
They had a lot of the same kind of animals we have—giraffes, tigers, peacocks, and such.

But one thing that was vastly different was the way they let kangaroos roam free, as well as the ring-tailed lemurs. Oh and they always have lots of meerkats in this area.

It rained for a while so we ducked into a tent where they were doing crafts and the girls made turtle puppets on popsicle sticks. Oh and Portia got to see lots of cheetahs, one of her very favorite animals. We spent the morning there and then took a short drive to Cobh (pronounced more like Cove).

Cobh is a pretty and sad little coastal village where both the Titanic and Lusitania sailed from. (It was once called Queenstown.)

This statue broke my heart.

We grabbed a quick bite at The Market Store. I had a bacon and chicken salad that was really quite good. Everyone kept eating Portia's french toast and she finally had enough of it. We didn't go into the Titanic museum but we did step out onto the port.

The port at Cobh

The city has this amazing cathedral (St. Colman's Cathedral) that is pretty much beautiful from every angle.

St. Colman's Cathedral
Bianca and Portia both lit a candle here.

St. Colman's Cathedral Cobh

Doors of the Day

Bianca was mocking me by choosing a painted on door for her "door" photo

Confessional doors at St. Colman's Cathedral


Susannah Harper said...

As soon as you guys left here, Ethan begged for a haircut. Haha! I think he didn't realize how fast it had grown until he saw the similarity of his cut to Bianca's. I tried to post a earlier comment but it may not have worked for some reason.

Susannah Harper said...

The zoo looks really fun, especially with some animals roaming free.