Southampton to Cork
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Standing on a triangular peninsula formed at the place where the rivers Itchen and Test flow into an eight-mile inlet from the Solent, Southampton has figured in numerous stirring events and for centuries has been of strategic maritime importance. It was from here that the Pilgrim Fathers departed for America in the tiny Mayflower in 1620 and many great ocean liners, such as the Queen Mary and the Titanic have followed since. The image of the thousand-year-old city was greatly blemished by the bombing during World War II and postwar planning caused changes almost beyond recognition.
|Tue 12 Sep 2017||Tue 12 Sep 2017 18:00|
Falmouth, United Kingdom
Falmouth is located on the colorful Cornish coastline in England's southwest corner and is best known for its romantic past of pirates and smugglers. The town boasts a superb natural deepwater harbor - the third largest in the world – and is a bustling commercial port which is strongly influenced by its maritime history. There is a wide range of amenities for the visitor including maritime attractions, beautiful sheltered beaches, quality restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops.
Falmouth's linear sequence of main streets runs one block behind a matching sequence of waterfront quays and piers that border the great sweep of the estuary. Narrow alleyways link the bustling world of shops, cafes and fine restaurants with the equally busy waterfront, where small craft of all kinds come and go.
Falmouth features a fine series of sheltered, sun trap beaches along the southern shores of Pendennis Point. The Gyllyngdune ornamental gardens and the popular Princess Pavilion Theatre are both well worth a visit.
|Wed 13 Sep 2017||Wed 13 Sep 2017 14:00|
Nestled in the southeast corner of Ireland, County Waterford combines low farmland and sandy coastlines with the more rugged landscape typical of County Cork. The town itself is an ancient Viking settlement whose roots go back to the 8th century when a group of Vikings settled at a riverside location they named Vadrafjord. The deep inlet provided a convenient waterway for their sturdy longships, encouraging the building of an independent fortified city, which in time became a booming trading post.
In 1170, an Irish Viking army sallied forth to defend its town against the invading Anglo-Normans but was roundly defeated. Henry II of England visited Vadrafjord in 1171 and declared it a royal city, which it remained for almost 500 years.
|Thu 14 Sep 2017||Thu 14 Sep 2017|
Today, Corkmen are a lively collection of tradespeople, educators, artists and artisans. The city's people worship at two central cathedrals, one for the Catholic parishioners, the other for the Protestant citizens. They're cordial hosts and eager to point out the city's main points of interest which include St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, St. Anne's Shandon Steeple, the classical-style Court House, and the Mardyk where, if fortunate, you might catch batsmen and bowlers in a hotly-contested cricket match. An afternoon shower might force the teams into a crowded pub where an enthusiastic contestant might attempt to explain the game's complicated rules. Allow plenty of time!
|Fri 15 Sep 2017 08:00||Fri 15 Sep 2017|
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