Our last few days in Ireland were focused on Galway. What an awesome little city! While I enjoyed the big-city style of Dublin (and think I would have liked it more if our hotel was closer to the downtown area), Galway was charming and quaint and just all-around wonderful. There was a huge section of town that was closed to vehicle traffic and was filled with shops and pubs and restaurants. It reminded me a lot of Spain. While we were there, we met another American named Mark (no joke) from Chicago as well as a few Scots -- Iain and his dad Tom -- who were great fun. Throw a few French girls in the mix as well as a few locals and you have the makings of a good time!
|Look, Murph! You have a bar, too!|
The livestock in Ireland seems to be cleaner than the livestock in the US. Maybe it's just me, but doesn't she look so clean and happy?
|Kik, as soon as I saw her, I thought of you!|
Wow. That's sounds bad, but you know what I mean!
The Cliffs of Moher. Stunning. That's all.
|Don't fall off the cliff! (In case you didn't know that already.)|
|And don't climb the walls!|
|I felt like I was standing in the middle of a Wordsworth poem.|
|If these look familiar, it is because they are none other than the Cliffs of Insanity! (Princess Bride, people!)|
|Love the lookout tower atop the cliffs.|
|That path is only about ten feet away from a straight 214 meter drop down.|
We headed to Clonmacnoise on our way out of Galway, headed back towards Dublin. It's a monastic ruin that I'd been dying to see. It was very cool. Espcially given the weather. Which only confirmed the fact that Ireland has bi-polar weather patterns. They change at the drop of a hat. Seriously.
|This picture was taken at 1:43pm.|
|And then again at 2:22pm. Seriously, Ireland? What is with the weather?|
|A little while later, it was cloudy again.|
|Murph, you need to go to Dublin so you can take the Quinnster here!|