Charles FortSconesJumpting at Charles FortCharles FortCharles FotToday began bright and early with an 8 AM breakfast-Weetabix Cereal, toast with Flora spreadable butter, fruit, and OJ! Not long afterwards, we departed from Waterford and headed towards Charles Fort in County Cork. The students learned all about this historical site from our witty tour guide, Claire. Aaron commented on how the layout of the fort resembled the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Despite the misty weather, the students took numerous photos all around this star-shaped fortification. The visit ended with enjoying cupcakes, courtesy of the staff at the fort café!

Next stop: Kinsale! This was a definite favorite, as it is a small fishing village in County Cork with quaint, colorful shops and restaurants. Prior to departing the bus, packed lunches were eaten on the bus as we looked out onto the River Bandon. The ILE students then had time to explore the local bookstores, cafés, and souvenir shops. Mariah bought a book on a popular storyteller, and Katie mentioned that Kinsale was “very colorful and beautifully nestled along the water.”

Cork City, the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, was the final stop of the day. The students were amazed that it was such a haven for shopping, embracing department stores such as Marks & Spencer, Penny’s, and Debenhams. They also got to experience the English Market, a food market located in the city center that was once explored by Queen Elizabeth II during her visit in 2011. Brendan and Stephen said, “We were shocked by how much shopping there was in Cork!”

On the way back to Waterford, some students took a peek at their new items bought throughout the day, some enjoyed listening to music on the radio, and others played the guessing game “Heads Up!” with Ninny. This was a big hit!

In order to celebrate July 4th, the students ended the day by eating pizza, candy, and watching Ted. Nothing like a good American film to give a taste of home!

Happy 4th of July!

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Trip Dates: June 30-July 24, 2024