A Walking Tour of Kinsale

We set out early the next morning for one of the foodie capitals of Ireland -- Kinsale.  I chuckled when I saw this motorcycle with Daily Poppins emblazoned on the side.  I can just picture a housekeeper with a long black dress trailing in the wind as she burns down the highway. 
We stopped for breakfast at the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale.  Coffee and eggs hit the spot before we explored the town.
We joined a walking tour of the city outside the tourist office on a whim.  Dermot Ryan of Kinsale Heritage Walks really sold us on it.  We admired the colorful pastel facades spilling down the hillside.
Spring was in the air and we especially like the colorful purple flowers gracing this stone wall.
I could see a bright aqua colored building in the distance framed by this sharp metal structure.  Apparently, the metal sculpture was the award Kinsale won in the Irish Tidy Town competition.  They had a good sense of humor about the fact that the prize didn't necessarily fit in with the spirit of the competition.
I liked the statue of the McCarthy brothers who hailed from Kinsale and both traveled on Antarctic expeditions.
Across the way from the statue, we admired the quiet harbor.
The swans cut a graceful path through the water.
We spied the Fishy Fishy Cafe one of the top restaurants in Kinsale.  
We walked around the restaurant and up the hill to a more residential part of town.  This lamppost resembled a bicycle -- very imaginative.
We encountered colorful houses and storefronts at every turn.
The buildings in Kinsale are prone to stress fractures.  Whenever work is done in the area, monitors are placed across each crack to ensure that they don't get worse as heavy machinery moves through the area.  Some people never bothered to remove them from their homes when construction was complete.
Various local pets came out to greet us including this well coiffed dog.
mop-topped puppy...
...and black and white kitty.
We saw the same row of pastel houses spilling down the hill from above this time.
More stone houses with brightly colored accents followed.
We powered down the hill and back into the heart of town where we passed the Fishy Fishy shop.  I'm not sure why Kinsale seems to be obsessed with Fishies.
The center of town explodes in raucous color including oranges, blues, and greens.  It's quite a charming place.
We finished our tour of Kinsale in the town centre surrounded by an ivy covered home with boat planters...
...a dutch inspired customs house...
...and a bright red water pump.  It was time to hit the road again.

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