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my Irish love, Cork: Crawford Art Gallery

Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe it’s already the last day of August. How are you doing? Are you taking time to check-in with yourself and give yourself the care, love, and attention you need? If not, it’s perfectly okay to set aside time for yourself to do whatever you want/need to do during ‘me time.’ Maybe your thing is yoga, meditation, running, reading, tending to a pallet garden you built, sewing some pillowcases for your home decor, making a dress to match your homemade mask, paddle boarding, refurbishing furniture, tooling around with some new tools, or even playing animal crossing with family and friends, but whatever you want to do during your assigned ‘me time,’ make sure you’re doing it and giving yourself a break.

If you didn’t get a chance to read Saturday’s post - “100th post of quarantine!” - you can click here to read my list of ‘100 Small Kindnesses to Help You Pay It Forward!’ It’s been surreal to think about Saturday’s post being my 100th post of quarantine since resuming blogging. It’s even crazier to think that in just a couple days my blog will hit 300 unique blog posts total since I started blogging a couple years ago (before taking time off to pursue and obtain my Masters degree!). Whether you’ve been here all along or are a newcomer, thank you for being here. It’s been a fun journey, and I couldn’t be here without you!

Before Saturday’s post, I blogged about having dinner with a close friend of mine at the best Japanese restaurant in Dublin after returning from my mini Eurotrip with my boyfriend. Now that we’ve returned to Ireland, I figured it’d be nice to return to my favorite city since I didn’t fully finish writing about the things I’ve loved about it. So, yes, we’re going back to Cork. If you haven’t caught up on the blog posts from the initial Cork entries, here they are--

plant a smooch for that gift of gab

my Irish love, Cork

my Irish love, Cork: hot chocolate

my Irish love, Cork: knit life

my Irish love, Cork: English Market

my Irish love, Cork: Blackrock Castle

As I’ve previously mentioned, I spent many a short getaway taking a train from Dublin to Cork. Besides the delicious treats I’d found at O Conaill Chocolate or the English Market or the sites I saw at Blarney Castle or from the Blackrock Observatory, there were some other experiences that made Cork feel so special.

I spent a fair share of my time in art galleries while living in Europe. And visiting Cork was no different. The Crawford Art Gallery is located right in Cork City Centre at the heart of everything. It’s walkable from the English Market (in case you’re craving some olives, bread, and cheese) and just a minute’s walk to the Cork Opera, and it is a national cultural institution dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. When I visited the Crawford Art Gallery, it was a mid-week jaunt well outside of tourist season in Ireland. I saw art that jolted me from its grotesqueness, as well as contemporary pieces of furniture that would make any home decorator swoon. It was a small, clean space, welcoming enough to invite you in but sterile enough to remind you to be quiet. As with many other museums and art galleries I visited while abroad, the admission fee was the best part: free.

If you ever get the chance to visit Cork, the Crawford Art Gallery is a must. Even if you don’t spend hours there (like I did), it is definitely worth a trip. You never know what art will strike you (or, perhaps, remind you of the collage that Leslie Knope & co. tried to make on Parks and Rec). And if you’re as lucky as I was to strike up a chat with the docent upstairs in the film room, you’ll be blown away by the amount of history and knowledge shared in one conversation.

Have you ever stumbled upon an art exhibit that blew you away? Between The Crawford Art Gallery and the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, I’ve been incredibly fortunate. Let me know! Subscribe in the e-mail submission box below and reach out, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and reach out to me on the “contact” page. I’m so happy you're here and that I’ve been receiving a lot of really incredible stories, questions, and feedback from a community all over the globe! Other people’s stories that I’ve gotten to read via e-mail, text, tweet, DM, etc. recently bring me such smiles, and I am so grateful for all of it! I hope I get to hear all about whatever stories you’ve been thinking about as we’ve been on this virtual journey together! Also, I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you have any restaurants/eateries/pubs/coffee shops/ice cream joints/theatres/lookout spots you would recommend in other countries or even in your current home town or city, I'm absolutely 100% all ears!! I couldn’t do this without you! So THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, truly, thank you.



P.S. - If you want to catch up from the beginning on this series of travel adventures, here's a cheat sheet to the posts (in order in which they were published):

1. Won't you join me?

2. grateful for starbucks and sandymount strand

3. Once Upon a December in the National Gallery

4. plant a smooch for that gift of gab

5. may the 4th be with you: Dingle style

6. cinco de mayo: the best Mexican food in Dublin

7. pizza in roma

8. mussolini’s window and the philosophers’ metro stop

9. father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife

10. it's the vatican, not the vatican't

11. spoiler alert: i did not lose my hand

12. more pizza and gelato and Neptune, oh my

13. craft beer, romper season, and volcano magic

14. bus singalongs and the okey dokey karaoke origin story

15. the beginning of the journey to the land of outlander

16. the boy who lived and the musical rapper

17. oh i just can't wait to be kingggg

18. fudge and haggis, quite the dynamic duo

19. the banshee labyrinth... or, my first time trying buckfast

20. the world's most magical toilet

21. gwyneth paltrow's (improv) sliding doors

22. scottish sombreros and jam, thank you

23. bob seger, a cèilidh, and arthur's seat

24. the next maxim cover girl!! 25. you can vote now!!

26. kindness at… the airport??

27. conversations with strangers and #basic meals

28. aren't gas stations amazing?!

29. not just mac's... supermac's

30. American vs. European Cell Phone Providers

31. brown bread ice cream

32. Black Lives Matter

33. technology and theatre

34. a love of Dublin pizza: Manifesto

35. a love of Dublin pizza: Dublin Pizza Company

36. a love of Dublin pizza: with my dad

37. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness

38. thank you! round 2!

39. a love of Dublin pizza: and every other pizza

40. ahh-oooooh werewolves of london

41. a special london edition nerd alert

42. defying gravity is a WICKED good time

43. that wanker Van Morrison

44. The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

45. LA girls love London green juice

46. Super Bowl LII Champs at Wembley

47. champagne fizz and fruity cocktails

48. How-to: DIY Pallet Garden

49. dublin tattoo magic

50. juneteenth

51. thank you! Maxim round 4!

52. dublin bog bodies

53. dún laoghaire ice cream

54. local celeb sighting

55. 13.1 in Dublin

56. thank you! Maxim round 5!

57. every girl likes a bad boy

58. poolbeg lighthouse

59. conflict, bias, and propaganda in belfast

60. bow to your lord mayor


62. Maxim Cover Girl Quarter-Finals!

63. gulliver's travels in belfast

64. all aboard the HMS Caroline

65. all aboard the RMS Titanic

66. you know nothing, jon snow

67. cave-born shadow babies

68. afraid of heights?

69. giants and their egos

70. the Kingsroad

71. sunsets in Donegal

72. derry dining chains

73. Maxim Cover Girl Semi-Finals!

74. Spontaneity is Key

75. Dear Nana

75. blasket island centre

76. Nana's blue tin cookies

77. a dance lesson in Dublin

78. dublin to Royal Portrush

79. Shane Lowry's Open Championship

80. maxim and Belfast Chinese food

81. Irish beachy wild women

82. my Irish love, Cork

83. my Irish love, Cork: hot chocolate

84. my Irish love, Cork: knit life

85. my Irish love, Cork: English Market

86. my Irish love, Cork: Blackrock Castle

87. one year ago today

88. pastis and the French Riviera

89. French Alps swim session

90. French weddings

91. Saucisson and delicious olives

92. wine and mustard at Château Virant

93. beers, brats, and salt mine showers

94. salted white dresses and blue satin sashes

95. salt mines and bowling alleys

96. science tea and pure comedy

97. 31 lessons for 31 years

98. youtube, a chalk horse, and stonehenge

99. Yamamori: the best Japanese food in Dublin

100. 100th post of quarantine!

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