Susan was back in Ireland from New Zealand for a quick visit so I took my chance and flew home for a good catch up... And we ended up in gaol.
Shirt: Topshop (similar)
Bag: Marc Jacobs
We played tourists in our home town taking the open top bus tour and visiting Cork City Gaol. People rarely do tourist-y things in their home towns, probably because tourists are kind of annoying, but you should try it! I learnt things about Cork I never knew. My TIL (today I learned) of the day was that Michael Collins had his last meal at the Imperial Hotel before his assassination. There you go now.
|Queen Vic watching over the governor|
Walking further into the gaol, we came across our first creepy wax figure, which Susan was quite unsure of at first, but she quickly got over that...
Once you go into the main cell area it's really quite beautiful, I mean for a gaol the architecture is surprisingly pretty! You can even hire this space out for occasions and have a banquet, which would be such a good event. The space is impressive to say the least.
Sir Thomas Deane, the architect who designed the building, did it in a way to make the prisoners easily observed from any level, so no escaping whatsoever... except in 1923 when all the revolutionaries just climbed out the window and ran off! Many of the prisoners wanted to be there just to escape the poverty & destitution in the 1800s, so escape wasn't likely anyway. When it opened it was named the finest gaol in three kingdoms, and you can see why.
So they have a cell where you can try out the cell experience. Convieniently Susan had a orange jail shirt at home, because of course, like who doesn't? (When she said she had an orange shirt, I was not expecting this gem!) So we brought that with us, just to make the trip a little more Orange Is The New Black.
|The exercise yard where all the prisoners walked in a circle for hours at a time|
I had to. I mean you can't walk past some stocks and not put your head in it. It's unsurprisingly uncomfortable. After about 2 minutes and some silly photos I had had enough but Susan walked off tempted to leave me there...
She didn't thankfully & it was an excellent weekend catching up before she ran off to Dubai (not jealous I swear) and eventually NZ. In the meantime, back to normal life and be back to us having a Skype relationship soon enough.
Next time I go home I'll have to make a trip to another of corks top attractions - the butter museum!