Our final destination on Friday September 18th was Cobh, Ireland in County Cork. Our airbnb apartment was in the yellow house with the purple flowers below. Such a primoespot! Right in the heart of the action and right on the water.
The first steam-powered ship to make a transatlantic crossing departed from Cobh in 1838 - cutting the journey from 50 days to 18. When Queen Victoria came to Ireland for the first time in 1849, Cobh was the first Irish ground she set foot on. Giddy, the town renamed itself "Queenstown" in her honor. It was still going by that name in 1912 when the Titanic, yup, the one and only, made its final stop here before heading out on its maiden voyage. To celebrate their new independence from British royalty in 1922, locals changed the town's name back to its original Irish moniker, Cobh.
Cobh sits on a large island in Cork harbor. The town's inviting waterfront is colorful, yet salty, with a fun promenade.
Our family in Cobh, Ireland on Friday September 18th 2015.
Next stop: the most colorful town of them all, Kinsale!