Tuesday, September 12, 2017

BUNRATTY


Expat tours

If you do a 7 day tour around a country of course you can't see everything in details. It just gives you an overview of things to see or to do if you want to come back later.

A very pleasant stop was Bunratty Folk Park which gave me the  taste of what village life was like back in the castle’s glory days.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is really worthwhile to see !  The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art capturing the mood of those times. I couldn't take photos, the light was too bad without flash.

Bunratty Folk Park, is set on 10 ha (26 acres), and  is a stunning recreation of 19th Century Ireland and features various types of farmhouses, a church, a magical walled garden and village street complete with pub, post office and various shops.

The Bunratty Collection features over 450 items of medieval furniture and artefacts housed at Bunratty Castle.


Bunratty castle.

I climbed up a narrow circular stair, managed to do two floors and then gave up.  For me it was more interesting outside, old castle furniture and artifacts I have at home too.



Indeed when you walk through the village you are taken back in time !



I loved the blue house it looked so cheerful. But I think that life at that time was less cheerful !



Other houses and a stable block. The houses had a number and were explained in a folder.



This was a house of a rich farmer with servants.



A look in the living, bedroom and kitchen



where a lady was busy to peel apples for an apple pie !



The farmers helper's house was less luxurious, it was very small and he had to sleep on a straw bed.



There were shops and well maintained gardens



and even a post office !



We sat down and listen too the music after a walk through the main street.




I was very much impressed how the walls were built without any cement ! They just kept balance !



For children was a fairy village with a witch I had been told, but as I am afraid of witches I didn't go in there.


referring to OUR WORLD here

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

KILLNARY - Ireland


Expat tours


If you do a 7 day tour around a country of course you can't see everything in details. It just gives you an overview of things to see or to do if you want to come back later.

We stopped in Killarney, which won the Best Kept Town award in 2007, in a cross-border competition jointly organised by the Department of the Environment and the Northern Ireland Amenity Council. In 2011, it was named Ireland's tidiest town and the cleanest town in the country by Irish Business Against Litter. So if you are a very clean person this is the place to live !

Killarney is a town on the shores of Lough Leane in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. It’s a stop on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, and the start and finishing point of the 200-km Kerry Way walking trail. The town's 19th-century buildings include St. Mary’s Cathedral. Across the bridge from the cathedral is Killarney National Park. Victorian mansion Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms sits in the park.

From our bus I could admire the outstanding beauty of this landscape. Now I understood why green is the symbol of Ireland indeed it's all green  (or rocky)



Even the deepest green over here is not so green as in Ireland. As a leisure painter I should know it.



As far as the eye reached every spot was beautiful and wild.



Rocks in rivers or calm little rivers



To see the most in a short time and also not to get more tired as it was already late afternoon, we rented a carriage which drove us through the park and the coachman explained what we saw.



Of course we had a lot of fun !





We also did a little walk along the mainstreet and stopped in a Pub.



I found this house so nice, I wonder if it was a restaurant



This sign I don't see very often at home !

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

DRUMCLIFFE - GALWAY IRELAND


Expat tours

If you do a 7 day tour around a country of course you can't see everything in details. It just gives you an overview of things to see or to do if you want to come back later.

When we stopped at Drumcliffe, which is set against the striking backdrop of the Benbulben Mountains, I didn't really understand why we stopped here ! The reason was because here was the final resting place of  W.B.Yeates (1865–1939), who is buried in the graveyard of St. Columba's Church of Ireland church. Although Yeats died in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France in January 1939, his remains were brought home to Ireland by the Irish Naval Service and re-interred at Drumcliff in 1948 in the presence of a large number of local people and dignitaries which included the Minister for External Affairs, Seán MacBride, who represented the Government.



His grave is marked with a simple headstone with the inscription, "cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman, pass by." This was Yeats' self penned epitaph together with the instructions that the grave consist of "no marble, no conventional phrase". The graveyard also contains a high cross and nearby is the site of a 6th Century Columbian monastery. I had never heard about this poet but to my excuse I am not a poetry fan. We walked through the graves, I admired the stones  and found strange names, even the name of my girlfriend in France.(but she is still alive)



St Columba's Church on the graveyard.



We then made a break in the Coffee and craftshop on site offering homebaking and quality crafts.




Instead of going to church I preferred to visit the Art Gallery. There were very nice pieces exposed, mostly rapids.

And then this short visit was over and we continued our way.


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GALWAY

When we arrived in Galway, we were lucky, the sun was shining and the city had such cheerful vibes !

Even from the bus I saw brightly painted pubs heave with live music, and restaurants and cafes with front-row seats for observing buskers and street theatre. Remnants of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling handcrafted Claddagh rings, books and musical instruments, bridges arch over the salmon-stuffed River Corrib, and a long promenade leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill, on Galway Bay, the source of the area's famous oysters.

Despite its rich history, the city buzzes with a contemporary vibe, thanks in part to students, who make up a quarter of the population. Its energy and creativity have seen it designated the European Capital of Culture in 2020.



The streets are full




of young and old







preparing for a street concert




lots of shops



and "beauty" offers



If you need a job .....






The Lynchs Castle I had no time to go inside, but it's certainly worthwhile to see.



and sitting on the terrace of this pub



I had a great view of all the people enjoying the sunshine !

What a lovely town !

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WATERVILLE IRELAND

August 22, 2017


Expat tours

If you do a 7 day tour around a country of course you can't see everything in details. It just gives you an overview of things to see or to do if you want to come back later.


We also shortly stopped at Waterville  a small coastal village located between the Atlantic Ocean and Lough Currane on the scenic and famous Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Famous for its game angling and its 18 hole championship golf links, Waterville is also a paradise for the hill-walker, cyclist, pony trekker, ornithologist, astronomer, archaeologist, sea and shore angler, water sport enthusiast and indeed for the general holidaymakers unfortunately not for those who love the heat and lot of sunshine.

Anyone who visits the village of Waterville should walk the pathway (known locally as the promenade) which stretches right along the seafront. If you want to extend your walk a little and see one of the finer beaches in the area then continue to walk along the cliff road (to the north of the village) and walk for approximately a mile to reach the beach. Here also you will find the famous Waterville Golf Links.




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In the late 1950’s, Charlie Chaplin brought his family to Waterville for holidays. Here, they could enjoy the great outdoors in relative anonymity and privacy. This was incredible to him, considering that he was already a world-famous actor, filmmaker and composer. He was to bring his family back here for over a decade, making many great friends in the area.

The Chaplin family still has connections to Waterville today, and with their blessing the annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival is now held each year in August. The festival honours the pioneering spirit of this great film-maker and advocate for social change.



Where we stopped the beach was full of pebbles and instead of building sandcastles, people had built little "Stonehenge" or whatever.



One pebble over the other gave funny little statues.



I was inspired too and did this one !

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