Galway

Trip Start Feb 15, 2011
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Trip End Feb 15, 2013


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Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

After having left Cork, we decided to spend a bit of time in the raved about Galway city. During the school year, this city comes alive with students. Galway has a great reputation throughout the country for it's craic and is known for its abundance of musically talented people, many of whom set up along the busy pedestrian walkways and busk away to their hearts content.

In the summer, students seem to be massively outnumbered by tourists, many using Galway as their base point for some of the country’s most famous sites (Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, The Burren, The Connemara, etc etc). The city has many cute pubs, restaurants and cafes and putting aside the fact that it had the worst weather we’ve seen yet, made for a nice week and a bit of touring.

In addition to making our day trips out of Galway, we made sure to see as much of the city as possible. Things that stood out for us in Galway were:
 - The Spanish Arch – or as we discovered, the official swan gathering point. We’ve never seen so many swans in one place.
 - Galway Cathedral – a wonderful chance meeting with Michael, an 85 year old Irish man who not only explained the meaning behind many of the stained glass windows throughout the cathedral, but who sent us on our way with some heartfelt encouraging words.
 - Salmon Weir and Canal Walk – first time we’ve actually watched men fish for salmon.
 - Weekend Market – small but delicious. If ever there, say hi to the doughnut man for us. We fought the urge to try one but after randomly running into and chatting over a drink with him at a bar that evening, we wished we had one more weekend to go back and try one of his tasty treats. Doughnut destiny? We think so.
 - Tunes in the Church – traditional Irish music played in a beautiful old church.
 - Omniplex Cinema – Movie theatre just down the street from our B&B. We had to go. Twice.
 - Some cool places to eat: Fat Freddy’s for pizza, Da Tang Chinese Noodle House for in-house made noodles, Java’s French bistro & wine bar for French style tapas in a relaxed environment, Couch Potata for some serious spud action, a harbour side cafe (name forgotten) for tasty chai lattes and a great view.
 - Pubs worth checking out: the Skeff, Tig Coili, the King’s Head, An Pucan, Monroe’s Tavern, Massimo, Bierhaus, the Blue Note, the Spanish Arch.

Still humming the "Galway Girl" song,
Robyn and Leann
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