A safe port if you need it

Close up of Leprechaun on the sidewalk. He is wearing a blue hat with black band and large buckle, has huge, green eyes, a big smile, red beard, and green suit.

We all like to travel. Be if halfway around the world or to the next town, there is a bit of wanderlust in all of us. Most of us, anyway. Explore places we’ve not been, encounter new things, make friends. It’s all so grand.

And it can also be tiring. A few years ago Sandy and I took a cruise from Harwich to Boston. One of the stops was Cork, where our accessible tour drove us around a bit, twice past what they called the “insane asylum,” and dropped us at a woolen mill store. It was nice but not for 3 hours. It was a tiring day.

The next day we were in Dublin. Determined not to let this day slip away, we explored beautiful Trinity College and then boarded a hop on, hop off tour. Things went well until we finished the Guinness tour and had to push up a long hill of bricks and cobbles. Once at the top we waited for the tour trolley. And we waited. Finally a full trolly came along and said the one for us had broken down and they would be along in about 30 minutes. So we stood, I sat, on the corner with some other people in the windy cold.

Having finished the tour, we wanted to explore Grafton Street with its shops and flower markets and then finish in St. Steven’s Green. Problem… By now we are tired and hungry and in need of a rest stop. Where do we go? It’s all so pretty but nowhere to stop. Flower market with cut flowers. They are on rustic, wooden crates and look artful and creative. Small sign reads Celtic Cart.

Ah ha! Behold, McDonald’s! A small burger, some fries, a Diet Coke, and a restroom. We have visited McDonald’s around the world. We’ve had McLobster, McPizza, and Taiwan’s best seller, the QPC. The point is, it is great to explore. But fatigue, especially for someone with a chronic disease like MS or fibromyalgia, can intrude on the day. It is okay to stop, rest, and take advantage of a familiar, friendly port. Not everything has to be new and exciting for the day to be a success.

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Pictures: Top photo is large and features aย leprechaun wearing a blue hat with a black band and large, silver buckle. He has large, green eyes and a red beard, and he is smiling brightly. Second photo is a small flower stand with cut flowers nicely displayed on rustic, wooden crates. There is a small sign reading Celtic Cart.


17 thoughts on “A safe port if you need it

  1. Love this blog. I do love to travel, so will try til it can’t be done anymore, and then will continue to try! Fibro means some bad days and some good. Just have to adjust and do what I can.๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  2. There are some lovely places near Cork like Blarney Castle with the famous stone and Kindale… I guess they wanted you to buy woolly jumpers. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is indeed tiring travelling and I am with you on the comfort of familiar food. โ˜˜

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    1. Indeed, it was billed as an accessible trip to Blarney Castle and the village, though the castle itself is not accessible. We never saw any such castle or village. I’m sure Cork has much to offer!


    1. First Cork: We never got the chance to find out. Our accessible tour only went to one place, which was a tourist place. Otherwise, sadly, we never got off the bus.
      Dublin was hit or miss in terms of accessibility. The Guinness accessible entrance is down a long, steep alley made of rough bricks. The only accessible restroom we found was in McDonaldโ€™s. The hop on and off bus tour was fairly accessible. The descriptive commentary was average. Grafton Street and Trinity College were good for getting around.

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  3. Sorry, you weren’t able to explore Cork. By the sounds of it, the Cork tour really wasn’t all that accessible but I guess the tour operators would argue since they make the one-stop, it is. Hopefully, as they get feedback from others the accessibility will improve.

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