Wednesday, September 13, 2017

9/11/17 Dublin to Galway, Day 4 of our Adventure

Monday 9/11 started with the Irish Breakfast, as usual. Then we packed and got a little frustrated as we tried to push everything back into our suitcases. We’d each bought a few little souvenirs at Trinity College, so I was so glad that I’d had a little room left in my suitcase.

Instead of taking the tram to Houston Station for the train, we decided to treat ourselves and take a cab. As with our first cab, our driver was amazingly entertaining, and I learned other ways of using the “F” word. I love these cab drivers. So friendly and funny.

9/11 Monday, Now we’re on the train and Nan and I are both writing. 

Nancie buying the tickets for the train to Galway.

I’m fascinated by the privet fences of the countryside, bushes and shrubs so thick that the animals can’t get through. Cows and sheep on opposite sides, not realizing that if they all worked together, there would be a way to tear down those fences. Gee, that was fanciful, wasn’t it?

 Some pics from the train.

The closer we got to Galway however, the privet fences turned into limestone fence. Big stones piled either vertically or horizontally. The horizontal ones are more modern, just a few thousand years old. The vertical ones have been standing there for millennia and it boggles the mind.

We’re in seats riding backwards, and across the table from us is a delightful young woman from New York. She’s a lawyer, taking a leave of absence, and exploring the world. I envy her. She’s going while she’s young and has tons of energy.

Galway itself is a delight from start to finish. Our hotel, Jury’s Inn, is right across from the water and the Quay. Our room doesn’t face the bay but it is directly over a small roaring river. Such a view.

We took a little nap the first day here, after we’d walked for a mile or two around the Quay. We realized we’d walked on the other side from the promenade, so decided to walk there another day.

Had lunch at the Quay Street Kitchen and oh my it was delicious. So many vegan and vegetarian choices, I was unable to stop smiling.

Shop Street is right by our hotel and is an old street full of just what you’d think: shops, coffee houses, and restaurants. So much to explore.

Dinner at the hotel, and then an early night in those warm/cool comfortable Cloud Beds. Yeah, cool beds, but yet I'm warm and comfy. We needed a good night's sleep because tomorrow is our trip to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher.

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