Alley wall in Ennis
I spent a few days in Galway on the west coast of Ireland, walking the coastal paths and eating my way through town. Musicians played on every corner and the city was jam packed with tourists. Galway is a party town, which means if your hotel is central (as mine was), you may have a hard time sleeping (as I did).
Galway buskers with a funky and fun interpretation of traditional Irish music.
When I saw this cafe, I knew Cheryl had been here — and sure enough, I found her blog posting about it. It was fun and relaxed with an innovative menu.
Galway Cathedral along the banks of the River Corrib.
The Cliffs of Moher are so dramatic, although it is hard to tell by the photo. The other thing the photo doesn’t show — there were more tourists here than I saw at the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China or Petra! It was a little hard to meditate on nature.
After Galway, I headed south to County Clare, which is famous for its traditional Irish music. I stayed in Ennis, one of the larger towns in the county. It is friendly and charming and maybe has better food than Galway.
A very moving sculpture in the yard of the Ennis Cathedral.
In Ennis, I spent a wonderful evening walking through the cobblestone streets and stopping at the pubs when I heard music. My favorite group was at the pub in my own hotel.
“The tune was sad, as the best of Ireland was, melancholy and lovely as a lover’s tears.”
― Nora Roberts, Born in Fire