Travel Blogs from Athlone
Day 8: Killarney - Athlone
This morning we visited Bunratty Folk Park. This is a living recreation of the homes and environment of Ireland over a century ago complete with Rural farmhouses, a village street and Bunratty Castle with its formal regency gardens are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at the time.
... and got our
stuff packed up. Before going to bed, I headed out to the beach to get
some pictures of the almost-full moon over Galway Bay. There was a
rather rowdy Irish wedding reception at the hotel, but I can usually
sleep through loud drunk people. But not through a fire alarm.
Apparently, some idiot smoked a cigarette in his room and set off the
fire alarm at 2 in the morning. Not a pleasant way to ...
We're approaching Ireland on our journey, which means a mere 800 miles to our destination, London. A restless "night" attempting to get comfortable in silly little seats and catch a few moments of sleep. Daylight out the plane's window and the girls are curled up over their little pillows, headphones on, snoozing--lulled to sleep by iTunes no doubt. We're on ...
... on how to pronounce the almost illogical way words are spelled in Gaelic.
We already know there are some strange pronunciations to the way things are written in Irish; my own name shows that "S" followed by the vowel "e" produces the "-sh" sound (the same sound is created when "S" precedes "i"). But as for their strange diphthongs, an example is the town name of Galway, as I wrote above. "Galway" is the anglicized way of spelling Gaillimh, and shows how the ...
Already one week (and 3 days) has passed since I arrived in Ireland! After all the unexpected events I experienced during my travel from Quebec to Athlone, I discovered a lovely host family and a beautiful landscape near the huge house where I will live during my immersion! What good news to comfort me after all ...