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River Corrib

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    • Day25

      Galway

      May 26, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      A fun packed long day today culminating with a moonlit walk back along the prom from the show to our campsite.
      Rain again in the night which continued when we got up for breakfast but by the time we were heading for the bus stop at the site entrance it had stopped, even though it still looked threatening. Got to the bus stop a bit early, as usual, but so had two others. It was a bit of a scenic route but for two of us kids sat at the front on the top deck it was fine and even had a display so we knew when to get off. Boy was the town busy, lots of French and Americans, plus groups of youngsters (uni students?) wandering round. The coffee places all looked crowded but then we spotted a little place down a back alley, virtually deserted but serving Lavatt coffee. Nice young couple running the place and coffee and cake excellent. We did wonder if they were a bit off the track to make it pay. Needn’t have worried, by the time we left it was humming too, pity the toilet blocked though!
      Back out onto the street to start the Voicemap walking tour app, which we seemed to start at the end and we followed it backwards, but that worked ok if you cancelled the occasional warning that “you seem to be lost” alert and followed the onscreen map. Lots of interesting stuff about the history of Galway and the 14 original families or tribes that used to run the place but then decided to head west to the Caribbean or America before they were persecuted too much by the English.
      A quick bite of lunch in a shopping precinct, that’s also where the public loos were, before heading out to the lake dock upstream of the weir where we were catching the boat. It was out of the centre in a bit of a ramshackled area so we hadn’t expected to find a nice b&b with cafe. Pity, it would have been more “twee” than the precinct.
      Onto the boat for a 1 1/2 hour trip up the Corrib river (Ireland’s shortest) and into Lough Corrib with points of interest and ruins being pointed out by the captain. With all points of interest covered we turned at the halfway point to quietly retrace our route back to Galway and take in the scenery. The crew put on an Irish coffee making and Irish dancing demo to break up the journey.
      Back on dry land it was off to the “oldest traditional pub in Galway”, Finnigan’s, for a meal, Irish stew of course and a glass of cider for Gill and a pint of Guinness for Tony. The food, and drinks, were excellent and not expensive, then back to the site on the bus for a “chill” before the show.
      The traffic in Galway centre is an absolute nightmare and the bus was 25 mins late getting to our stop but we got back in plenty of time.
      After a “nice cup of tea” we were taking the 25 minute walk back along the prom to the theatre.
      The show was traditional Irish music and dancing, very entertaining. Walking back along the prom a naked lad came running towards us, turns out he’d been skinny dipping (must be crackers in these temperatures or fueled up on alcohol) and his mates had run off with his clothes and he was chasing after them!
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    • Day24

      Travelling from Westport to Galway

      May 25, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Just a travelling day. A prompt start to make sure we arrived in time to get a site because the Galway sites don’t accept advance bookings and we needed to be close for the show tomorrow night. We arrived to find loads of space and were given a pitch right on the sea front with views across the bay.
      The afternoon activities consisted of walking along the pedestrian prom, which finished the other side of the campsite boundary by our pitch, to check out the theatre for the show, checking the bus stop and route into Galway, downloading a walking tour app of Galway and booking a boat tour, all for tomorrow.
      More fresh cold wind and cloud but we were under cover whenever it rained.
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    • Day5

      Whiskey in a jar

      August 31, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      You can not come to Ireland without doing an Irish whiskey tour. Now the first one that comes to mind is Jameson. I do not care much for Jameson. I was interested in this place in Galway called Micil that a friend went to and said they the best Irish cream she has ever had. I love me some baileys so I was in.

      This Irish cream makes Baileys taste like crap. Seriously. It is sooooo good. What makes it unique? Well the Mical family recipe uses Poitín. Which is a traditional Irish distilled beverage also known as Irish moonshine and taste like whiskey. It was illegal until 20 years but this family has been doing it for 6 generations, so they were bad asses. It is pretty tasty and is fantastic in the Irish cream.

      They also make a Galway whiskey which is whiskey aged in sherry or red wine casts so it has a pink colour. It is aged in these casts as back in the day those were the only casts that could be reused for whiskey so Galway whiskey was always pink in colour. Sadly they were out of this one so I am going home without :( But have the cream form so it is all good.
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      Traveler

      Oh damn, that sounds delish! :O

      9/4/22Reply
       
    • Day3

      Wir wollen Meer!

      March 6, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      Es heißt früh aufstehen. Unser Weg führt von Dublin nach Galway, wo wir einige Tage verbringen werden. Während ich im Bus die ersten Zeilen unserer Reise in die Tasten haue kuschelt sich Vanessa an mich. Strahlender Sonnenschein begleitet uns auf unserem Weg, obwohl der Wetterbericht Regen angekündigt hatte. In Galway angekommen bereiteten wir uns seelisch auf den Weg zur neuen Unterkunft vor. Kurz überlegten wir, ob ein Taxi vielleicht doch mehr Sinn machte, als zu laufen. Ganze 350 Meter mussten wir auf unserem Weg zum Hostel zurücklegen! Die zwei Ampeln nicht zu vergessen! Am Nachmittag spazierten wir unserer Nase entlang durch Galway. Vorbei an unzähligen Straßenmusikern und eh wir uns versahen waren wir am Meer, wo wir den ganzen Tag vertrödelten. Am Meer realisierten wir beide, dass wir nicht mehr in Deutschland sind und der Traum Irland wahr geworden ist. Ich atmete einmal tief ein und wieder aus, um den Augenblick noch besser wahrnehmen zu können. Abends verschlug es uns in ein nahegelegenes Pub, wo der Türsteher uns beim Blick in die Karte scherzend mitteilte, dass die Tagessuppe heute Guinness sei. Worauf Vanessa scherzend fragte, ob das jeden Tag so sei, was der Türsteher wiederum mit einem breiten Grinsen auf den Lippen bestätigte. -Besser gehts doch gar nicht, dachten wir uns beide! Und so verbrachten wir unseren Abend in fabelhafter Gesellschaft mit leckeren, vom Kellner empfohlenen alkoholischen Getränken und einem Essen, das so gut war, dass wir gleich beschlossen die Folgetage im selbigen Lokal einzukehren.Read more

    • Day13

      Galway

      February 14, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ 🌬 9 °C

      Our room in Galway overlooks the Corrib River which is flowing very mightily today. I’ve heard it’s the fastest flowing river in Ireland.
      Today we are taking a bus tour to Kylemore Abbey and Connemara.
      Storm Dennis is with us.
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    • Day20

      Galway

      August 11, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Hier kommen wir auf einen letzten Abend zusammen. Und mein lieber Scholli ist das schön hier. Überall Musik und buntes Treiben. Schade das wir nur so kurz bleiben. Abends im Pub eröffnen zwei Franzosen die Tanzfläche, die beiden tanzen sicher zwanzig Minuten ausgelassen und ohne sich um die nicht-tanzenden zu kümmern. Dann springt der Funke über. Auch meine Melancholie verfliegt. Menschen, Leben, Tanzen, Welt.

      Dann noch nachts an den Strand. Lager aufbaun. Ich bin am morgen seeeeehr zerknittert und brauche sicher 20 Minuten zwischen nassen Füßen und nassem Kopf.

      Dann will ich noch kurz in eine Buchhandlung. Hier gibt es Bibeln. Argumente gegen Atheisten. Biografien bekannter Christen. Reizen würde mich die Perspektive schon, dann sind mir die Bücher aber doch zu schwer.
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    • Day5

      Snug

      August 31, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Snug means something different to everyone. To me it means snug as a bug in a rug or I have visions of the Snuggie. Oh we all remember the Snuggie.

      Anyways in Ireland a snug is a walled off section in a bar with an entrance with a table and a seat. Usually they are in a row. Very Covid friendly BUT that is not what they are for. They were built for ladies to go to the pub and drink and smoke away from viewing judgy society (aka males). Some pubs still have these and they are a hot commodity since pubs can become packed and standing room only.Read more

      Traveler

      Damn, I'd be more inclined to go to a pub here if they had snugs

      9/1/22Reply
       
    • Day16

      Wet and rainy

      September 10, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      A short drive to Enniskillen Castle had us learning about the infantry on the town throughout history. We found a Game of Thrones door in one of the oldest pubs, Blakes of the Hollow and then drove on to the Marble Arch Caves which were incredible. 3hrs of driving later we arrived in Galway and had a traditional Irish pub meal of stew explored the streets in the rain.Read more

    • Day2

      Shanties & frische Austern

      December 3, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      Dr. Jovi hat mich mit ihrem 320.000km nachts vom Flughafen in Dublin abgeholt, und so sind wir die ganze Nacht durchgeballert, um in Galway herauszukommen. Tolles kleines Hafenstädtchen. Alle 250m sitz da so ein bärtige Ire und singt Seemannslieder - prima authentisch! An der Kirche in Galway war Wochenmarkt. Und was es da alles gibt: frische Bagels mit Schmelzkäse, frische Austern zum direkt ausschlürfen, ein Weihnachtschor, frische Donuts direkt frittiert und echte Iren in Wollpullovern und Gummistiefeln. Ich bin begeistert - der Roadtrip fängt top an!Read more

    • Day5

      The Food Scene

      August 31, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      We have been loving food tours for a few years now. It is a great way to learn about a city/area of a city and try places we probably would have never found. I have always thought of Irish food as cottage pie, potatoes and stew, Galway Food Tours has changed all that.

      Sheena, our amazing tour guide and former chef explained it all to us. Ireland has amazing dairy, meat and produce. Everything is locally sourced and taste like it was just picked. Problem was that until 25 years ago no one really knew how to cook in a way that was not traditional Irish. Then Culinary Irish Folk start traveling to France, Italy and Switzerland learning the tricks of the cheese and meat trades and voila the food scene started. She is on a mission to showcase local Galway and Irish food!

      We started at a local coffee shop which is a relatively new concept in a land of tea drinkers we found out. Hipster coffee places are just picking up and from the sample we had, they are good. 2nd stop was a local business that makes pastries and chocolates. For a non chocolate lover they were good but the real highlight was the raspberry croissants made with damn good butter and the raspberry filling was made with raspberries that the owners grow in their back yard. So, so good.

      Stop #3 was at 11:15 and was a whiskey sampling of 3 different types with cheese and meat. We had what could be explained as lamb prosciutto which was amazeballs. Like so good I now have a package in my purse. And yes even Ty drank whiskey and before noon. Vacation Ty is spicy. lol.

      Stop #4 was maybe the best bang for our buck. We stopped at a famous pub known for the original owner starting what we know now as the SPCA, where we were served a platter of mussels, smoked salmon pate, an oyster, brown bread and a beer. Side bar on brown bread, I am usually not a fan. Brown bread in Canada is nasty. Multigrain is good but brown I can not stand. Irish brown is really yummy. Except that I go in thinking it is pumpernickel and want to make the cringe face but am pleasantly surprised at the end.

      We then stopped at a small local restaurant that is known for only cooking with ingredients that can be found in Ireland. We had a small shot of tomatoes so our bodies remembered what vegetables were. Then we were off for ice cream where they had local flavours such as Irish soda break, and Dingle gin and sea salt. I went for the basic strawberry.

      All and all a pretty good brunch.
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      Traveler

      I can die happy now knowing there is a place called Dingle in the world. Sounds like you had a dang good day of eating!

      9/1/22Reply
       

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