In Cork, we had a wonderful evening At Oliver Plunketts bar and Grill where there was live traditional Irish music and dancing. We wandered around the English market which was full of fresh meats, fruits and vegetables and some artisan products. I loved shopping at Carol’s gifts around the corner. And then we went to the Blarney castle and went through the beautiful gardens. What a great way to spend a sunny day!
A note about our hotel. We stayed at the Kingsley Hotel in Cork, Ireland. They did not have a wheelchair accessible shower in my room which I had paid for five months prior to arrival. I requested a wheelchair accessible room and double checked but when I arrived, the only one they had was wheelchair accessible except for the shower. I did speak to the manager and they told me they would refund 50% of my money for the first night. I believe they were fair. They did accommodate us with a fully wheelchair accessible room for the rest of our stay as requested.
I I am having coffee and cake in the home of Charlie Bell, our wonderful cab driver, who drove us all around Carrick Fergus and IslandMcGee, N. Ireland. Beautiful scenery, lovely people on this ancestry tour with my friend, Diane. Charlie’s Tsxis treated us so well—I give him high recommendations!
In the morning before heading back to Dublin, we took a private tour of the Troubles with Bobby Thompson and black cab taxis. Very interesting And very well done by Bobby. He was a great tour guide and helpful, friendly guy.
Dublin: We stayed at Academy Plaza hotel (great place and location—they fixed brakes on my chair). Trinity College was excellent with fantastic guided tour, book of Kells and beautiful library. A 2 hour train ride took us to Belfast.
Belfast: we are at the Hampton Inn on Hope street—GREAT accessible room and very near light rail station. We saw city hall and Presbyterian Church in town. Easy to wheel. Belfast castle is on our schedule for tonight.
We made our way on the public buses from our hotel to old University Plaza, Mozart plaza and Residence Plaza. Lots of beautiful old buildings in the area (One date we saw on a monastery was 1523) and wheeling was mostly easy. I was surprised because I thought Salzburg would be really difficult. So far it’s been great. We saw Saint Peters Church where Mozart was baptized, just the outside. And shopped around the plaza market places. Lots of things to see like statues, fountains etc. Very friendly people.
Our second day we drove to a small town about 30 minutes away to catch a bus up to the Eaglesnest. Because it was raining, visibility was not good so the beautiful vistas in the Alps I was hoping to see were obscured.But it was well worth going anyway. About 50% of the Eaglesnest was wheelchair accessible. The people were very helpful in making sure I had access to everything that I could possibly have.
Our second day in Munich, we visited Dachau concentration camp memorial. It was very flat and wheelchair accessible But with some gravel areas. At the visitor center, there was an option to borrow an electric scooter if one chose. It was an educational experience and I don’t have words to describe the horrific history in this place.
In the historic part of downtown Munich, we toured the museum and Residenz palace of the Bavarian elect tors. There was much beautiful and ornate furniture and decorations, sculptures, tapestries, paintings and the like. We had to find somebody to bring ramps out for me to enter the building and there were a few very narrow openings that my wheelchair had to squeeze through but much of it was very nicely wheelchair accessible. It was definitely worth going to.