We arrived in Galway on Sunday evening. We are staying a little out of the center of city but is an easy walk into the city. Galway is a lot bigger than I thought it would have been. It was full of people on the streets and a lot of different music street performers. The streets were so crowded that it was pretty hard to even get pictures of the buildings due to the large gatherings of people watching musicians. We arrived too late to see the fish market but they are supposed to have a big outdoor fish market in one of the squares.
We drove from Dublin on the east coast to the Galway on the west coast on Sunday. The drive was very easy and not much traffic. There also weren’t a lot of towns. It was pretty much just green and rocky scenery the whole drive. Since we were going to be very early to check-in to our next accommodation, we decided to drive a little north and see a couple of sights.
The first stop was at a castle. As you walk up to it, it doesn’t look like something you can really go in but you actually were able to climb in the main tower. Then we headed on to Clifdon which a a cute small town. There is a road in Clifdon which is called the Sky Loop Road. It is a narrow road that winds around with breathtaking views of the Atlantic. I was able to enjoy the views but really was more worried about cars coming at me because there wasn’t a lot of space to pull over and let a car by. There weren’t any pullouts to take pictures but it was well worth the drive.
We flew into Dublin and spent the last two days exploring the city. First, I had to drive from the airport to the hotel. I just had to make sure I was driving on the left side of the road. Once we got everything in our rooms, we headed for the center of town. It’s about a 30 minute walk to the center.
Naturally, we had a little bit of rain but nothing too bad. Dublin’s traffic is very slow and it can take a long time to get anywhere in the center of the city. You also spend a lot of time waiting to cross the street. I’m not sure how their traffic lights work, but you really don’t get anywhere fast.
We spent today visiting the Kilmainham Goal Museum and then went and the National Library to see the Book of Kells. We spent the rest of the time walking around the center and navigating through all of the people. I’m really glad we aren’t staying in the center since there are so many pubs. I’m sure I wouldn’t get any sleep if I stayed in that area.
Here are some pictures from Dublin. I like the colorful doors. One rumor is that everyone has a different color so they can find which house is theirs after coming home from a long night of drinking. The windows on a lot of buildings aslo start out big near the ground floor and get smaller as you go up. This was due to a window tax back in the 1600’s. The more light you had coming in, the more money you had to pay.
Off to Ireland I go with my parents. I’m sure the weather will be much cooler than home, but I did hear Ireland is experiencing a drought. I will probably be one of the few people who visits Ireland when it isn’t green.
We are spending a couple of days in Dublin before driving to the west coast. I’m sure it will take me a couple of days to get back on a normal sleep schedule. I’m always so jealous of everyone that can sleep on a plane.
I have done a quick outline of the cities we will visit in Ireland. I’m looking forward to visiting a new county that I have never been to.