Monday, 7 August 2017

I’m enjoying my sleep here in this flat. So quiet at night and the bed is extremely comfortable. Today the restaurant is only serving breakfast and so will have no noise from upstairs later in the day or this evening. Perhaps if I wasn’t traveling alone I wouldn’t notice the upstairs footsteps so much. Or maybe because I’m getting older and appreciate my quiet times. The flat that I’ve booked in London next week is on the top floor so having people above me will not be an issue.

Can’t believe how much I slept today. After breakfast I slept some more and eventually woke up again a little after 2:00 then walked to the Manx Museum, just 15 minutes away. The town (or small city) of Douglas is situated along the arch of the bay with most of the hotels, bed and breakfasts, and Airbnb flats located on the Promenade. Many of the local people live up behind the tourist accommodations. The Manx Museum is just above the southern end of the Promenade.

Early Artifacts Discovered on Isle of Man

Early Furniture Produced on the Island

Island Deer

The Manx Museum is excellent. Whoever designed the museum (opened in 1922) was mindful of the rich history of the island – which dates back to the Mesolithic Period. Settled later by Irish missionaries, their language developed into a Manx language – related close to Gaelic. Throughout the influences and invasions by the Norse and English, the Manx have retained much of their culture and traditions. The island is only 30 miles long and 10 miles wide and is now a “crown possession” (since 1828) and is self-governing and under the supervision of the British Home Office.

Below is the bridge that leads from the parking structure to the museum. It looks like the bridge is much older than the parking structure.

View of Douglas from Museum Bridge

In the museum there were artifacts from the first people to settle the island, a picture gallery of local artists, Isle of Man locations and prominent people. Walking through the museum was like walking through time and could experience what it might have been like had you lived here. If you did live here, you would have found the life difficult until the Victoria ear when the mines opened and tourists helped to develop the local economy. Prior to the Victoria era, many Manx emigrated to the United States to seek a better way of life.

After the museum I did some shopping and returned to the flat which is now quiet, given the restaurant is closed. Made some chicken noodle soup with the broth from last night and the chicken purchased at the store.

I took a picture of the horse trolley that runs the length of the Promenade. From what I understand, each horse makes three trips each day then rests until the next day. Very popular way to get from one end of the Promenade to the other.

I worked some on my blog, answered email and texts before going to sleep.

Tomorrow, depending on the weather, I’ll either take a ride on the Steam train to explore the southern part of the island, or take a bus over to the west side of the island to the town of Peel.

 

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