Cork is jammed packed with 19th century houses. They stand side by side, architecturally uniform, but colorfully, they each have a different face. Unlike Cusco, which I visited about a month ago, residents are allowed the freedom to paint their home what ever color they wish--vibrant blue, pale pink, mint green. The colors may be to distinguish one house from the other, serve as an act of self expression, or even just to liven up the city and countryside the 200/365 days it rains. The colorful houses give Cork its quarkiness.