Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Kinsale, You Color My World!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Kinsale, You Color My World!

Ireland is filled with a vastness of patchwork landscape, old castles and fortresses, and amazing coastlines. These were all things I couldn't wait to see in person, and they did not disappoint. What I didn't expect to run into on our Ireland travels were fun, brightly colored towns, like what we ran into on the Dingle Peninsula. I'm a girl who's a sucker for brightly colored towns, and while I didn't plan a stop on our itinerary, we ended up parking our car one sleepy morning to take a stroll through Kinsale.

Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale, Ireland
Kinsale, Ireland

We left our Airbnb bright and early one morning to continue our road trip up to Cobh, so when we arrived in Kinsale, stores and restaurants weren't quite open for business yet. That didn't stop me from wanting to walk the town streets to soak in the happy looking shops.


Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale, Ireland
Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale, Ireland
Kinsale, Ireland

Upon reading up on the town, I don't think there are any stand out attractions in Kinsale, but if you're going to be in the area and have a little time to kill, I definitely think it's worth spending a day popping in and out of the shops, cafes and restaurants because the town is just too stinkin' charming to pass by completely. I saw this cute little reading cafe and couldn't resist snapping a quick pic as I was walking by. I didn't even notice the lovers saying their goodbyes in the doorway until I got home because I was so busy thinking how cool it would be to own a reading cafe LOL.

Kinsale, Ireland

And these flowers along the Lemon Leaf Cafe had me dreaming of owning a girly little cafe just like this some day.

Kinsale Lemon Leaf Cafe

Jason couldn't resist some of the quirky signs we found while walking about the town:

Kinsale, Ireland

Even when you leave the "shopping district", the colorful charm doesn't wear off. You'll find brightly colored houses that just fit in with the overall vibe of Kinsale. I love how these homeowners coordinated their hydrangeas with their house color ♥

Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale, Ireland

And a pink rowboat!? Be still my heart! I can just imagine a Notebook type of moment happening in that boat.

Kinsale, Ireland

And I absolutely loved their speed limit signs. Instead of the flashing "slow down" signs you get here in the US, they used smiles and frowns to let you know if your speed is within the limits.

Kinsale, Ireland

I really enjoyed the overall atmosphere of Kinsale and do think it's worth a small trek through if you're already going to be in the area. Like I said, there weren't any attractions to really draw tourists in, but the colorful buildings sure were fun and made me feel really happy as we were wandering through. That alone is worth a stop in my book!



Yay or Nay on brightly painted buildings?






20 comments:

  1. While nice for tourists, I don't think I'd like to look at all those tacky colours all day long if I lived there LOL Love the cafe though, and Jason's photo is all kinds of delightful. The centre of our city has a lot of palaces with very strong colours (and sadly tons of graffiti on them as our kids are evil bastards). One of my neighbours has a red house, the other yellow, and we are green.

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    1. So, you have a very colorful street too, it sounds. I think I'd love to walk out and see the colorful buildings every day. I can see where it would be an eyesore for some though.

      I don't mind graffiti if it's done where the city approves. I loved Graffiti Alley in Canada. Chicago has some really cool walls too. But it's done to be destructive, that pisses me off.

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  2. I love how bright and colourful everything looks!

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  3. Those are certainly pretty colors.

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  4. All the way yay! I love all of them. Mica would dig the library. I think the photo of Jason is so funny!

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  5. Sure looks like a quaint little town. I'd go with yay for bright buildings. Way better than the same old bland cookie cutter places that pop up these days. Did Jason get his a** to fishy fishy? hahaha

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    1. Jason did not get his ass to fishy fishy, sadly. Nothing was really open when we arrived since it was still quite early in the morning.

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  6. Yay for brightly colored buildings! So sweet and charming.. I totally gushed at the reading cafe with the couple in the door way. Maybe we all need to leave to a European country to see some real romance!

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    1. Europeans are way more easy going at showing their affection for each other. Not in a gross way either. They are just so lovely!

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  7. That's cool that you got there before a ton of people were in the photos. It is a cute town. There are many colorful towns on my bucket list to go see, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen and many cities in Italy. I did not know there were any in Ireland. You came across all kinds of wonderful things on your travels. The little shops are great, and the lovers saying goodbye in the doorway is just perfect!

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    1. I think we have a lot of the same places on our travel bucket list. I *hope* we get to Amsterdam this year or next.

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  8. I will go yaaay yaaay indeed.. I love every corner of it and I can say I pretty much fit in the picture :)

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    1. You'd surely love it there, Indah! I hope your travels take you that way some day ♥

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  9. The lovers in the doorway take the prize! Serendipity at work, Theresa!

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    1. Wasn't that just so lovely? That turned out to be one of my favorite snaps on our our European vacay ♥

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