Another hot weekend
By Calum-Oracle on Jul 20, 2005
Julie and I spent this weekend in and around Athlone, right in the middle of Ireland. Not a place I'd ever heard very many complimentary things about, but it turned out to be very agreeable... in and around the old town, sitting under a tree by the river, or watching the sunset from the hotel boardwalk by the marina, it could easily have passed for a sleepy French or Italian town of the sort that you read about on the travel pages of the Tory\^H\^H\^H\^HTelegraph.
Despite being diddled out of a tenner at Ireland's oldest pub on the Saturday afternoon, we recaptured the ambience by dining at the naffly-named Pavarotti's, which was pleasantly unfussy and extremely reasonably-priced.
On Sunday we headed down the road to Clonmacnoise, a thousand-year-old Christian settlement-- a bit like the Isle of Iona in Scotland, and with similar examples of intricately carved crosses and buildings. A pleasant And interesting place to spend an afternoon, even for a heathen like myself :)