When we finally arrived in Kinsale
, which wasn't until about 6:00p.m., we drove around looking for a B&B to stay at for the night (or one that fit into our travel package at least). Unfortunately, all of the B&B's we were interested in were sold out for the night!!! Ahhh! We eventually did find a place to stay, but it was a bit older than the other places we'd stayed at and didn't include a tv in the room. Oh well. Our frustrations over trying to find a place to stay definitely tainted our short trip to Kinsale, considering we left the B&B by 8 am or so. In any case, after settling in, we walked into the downtown area, which was filled with a variety of modern restaurants--not just pubs.
We had dinner at a swanky place called The White House which was very good, and then headed back to our room--too tired from the long days drive and several nights of boozing to make a night of it. The walk home was cold and wet since it was raining pretty steadily and we'd decided not to drive (oops, better check the weather next time). To our suprise, the B&B had a cozy, albeit outdated, lounge room that had CABLE, a luxury we hadn't seen since Dublin. We cozied up in the lounge, surfed the net, watched a movie, and listen to the rain come down. It was a nice, relaxing, evening after all. The next day, we had a yummy Irish Breakfast and headed to Charles Fort, a historical fort that guarded the town from intruders once upon a time. The fort wasn't officially open for business yet since it was so early in the morning, so Jim and I were able to explore the fort on our own. The rain had finally stopped, and the sun was popping it's head out, making our adventure even more perfect. We stopped off a few times on the way up to the fort to look down at the town of Kinsale--it was picture perfect (as you can see below) with the homes and buildings set on the hillside and the sailboats docked in the bay. It is definitely a place I'd like to explore again when I return to Ireland!