Bantry House and Garden in West Cork, Ireland

The Bantry House and Garden is located in Co. Cork along the Wild Atlantic Way.

The second Earl of Bantry and Mary, his wife, traveled to the continent with notebooks and sketchbooks to bring home ideas for recreating their own palazzo by the water.

Standing there and overlooking the Bantry Bay (a deep-water gulf extending for 30 km to the west), it really had a Mediterranean feel to it. Add the sunshine, and the breeze from the water, and your mind might easily get transported to a more southern location.

Bantry House Park

This is the back door of the manor. Behind these big windows is a beautiful library.

Bantry House back

The dining room at the Bantry House.

Bantry House dining room

The photo was taken behind the gate to the staples. No matter where, the southern feeling was always there.

Bantry House gate

The Bantry Manor Garden is splendid and well cared for.

Bantry House hedges

We climbed the famous Hundred Steps (there are 103 steps) to the top of the seven terraces. The house itself sits on the third terrace.

Bantry House steps

The euro 11  adult entrance ticket was really worth it.

Schweinfurt Military Housing – Askren Manor

Much has been said and written about the closing of Ledward and Conn Barracks in Schweinfurt, one of the largest U.S. American bases in Germany, which is to be completely carried out by 30 September 2014. This post is about Askren Manor, the housing which is supposed to get completely torn down.

Askren Manor is the largest on-post housing area  with 674 stairwell apartments as well as 26 duplexes, all in within walking distance to Ledward Barracks. Other facilities include  the elementary school, commissary, school age services, and the child development center.

We had spent another weekend in Schweinfurt and on our way home again, we were heading towards Niederwerrner Straße, where we stopped for a photo on the side gate. The mesh wire fence has become almost obsolete by now.

mesh wire fence

We are approaching the corner of Niederwerrner Strasse and John-F.-Kennedy-Ring.

Coming from Ledward on  Niederwerrner Strasse

Askren Manors, Schweinfurt

Just passing by some of the buildings on the John-F.-Kennedy-Ring. Too bad we had the Grüne Welle (synchronized traffic lights) and could not slow down, which made some photos a bit blurry.

Askren Manors

 

Askren Manors

The gate to Askren Manors

Askren Manors

The latest I heard was to turn Askren Manor into a completely new housing development and Ledward Barracks becoming a sister college (i-Campus) to FHWS Würzburg.

More about the i-Campus: http://www.mainpost.de/regional/schweinfurt/Auf-dem-Weg-zum-i-Campus;art742,8036003 in German.

Quoted from the article: Im Herbst sollen die ersten Studenten für den FHWS i-Campus der Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften (FHWS) nach Schweinfurt kommen….”

(Starting with the fall semester 2014, the first 100 students are expected to enroll at the i-Campus University of Applied Sciences in Schweinfurt.)

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