Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sightseeing By The Sea

Ali, Emily and Carol spent part of a day touring the pretty little coast towns near Rosscarbery, starting with Glandore and continuing on to Castletownshend before turning inland to Skibbereen. Glandore was postcard pretty, with brightly colored houses hugging the steep banks, moss-covered rock outcroppings and boats dotting the harbor. Of course, none of us had brought a camera. So, without much faith in the process, we took a few shots with Carol’s BlackBerry. The technology gods smiled on us, though, and we got nice shots of Emily doing yoga atop a small pillar, and Emily and Ali and Ali and Carol with Glandore harbor as a backdrop. Skibbereen has a bustling downtown, with grocery, furniture, hardware, jewelry, clothing and shoe stores, as well as many fine restaurants and tea shops, much like Clonakilty. It’s probably what many American downtowns were like until the 1960s or so, before suburban superstores sucked the retail life from main streets.

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