"Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Galway, Ireland

Wednesday morning we were up early and took the bus to Galway and stayed in another bed and breakfast.   B&B's are great places to stay - cheaper than hotels, you get to visit with the locals, and the owners are a great resource for things to see and do in the area - and breakfast is included!!!  As soon as we got to the B&B, I went to bed for the rest of the day.  Diana was a great nurse and brought me soup and tea that evening:)  We have been friends since we met on the bus (nerd-mobile or looser-cruiser as my kids would say)  in high school.  Many years ago:)

Ruins where part of the "The Quiet Man" was
Becki & Jeff - recreating "that kiss" from the movie.
Diana, Becki and Jeff went to see the sights of Galway city center and arranged for a bus tour for the next day.  While none of us usually go on bus tours, this was a great way to get out and see the countryside.   Our bus picked us up at the B&B and the driver was quite a character - well suited for his job.  It was great to see some of the coast and the Connemara area.  Remember the movie "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara?  It was filmed in this area.  We stopped at several locations during our day long tour - church ruins, a small town where the pub in "The Quiet Man" was located (and public toilets), to see a Connemara pony, and then spent the afternoon at Kylemore Abbey and grounds.

Super tourists!

Connemara pony/tour guide


Galway Oysters
The bus dropped us off in Galway around 6:00 p.m. so we headed to a local restaurant for dinner before taking a taxi back to the B&B.  Galway is famous for its oysters so Diana and Jeff ordered them.  I was still a bit green so raw oysters weren't too appealing but I had a couple just because it is one of those things you should do in Galway.  After walking around a little and a stop at the local bakery, we got a taxi back to the B&B.  We were catching a bus back to Dublin at dark thirty the next morning.

Griffin's Bakery - oldest in Galway?
Diana will have to verify that


Anonymous said...

Your trip sounds wonderful! I love the Book of Kells, a major inspiration. So jealous you got to see it in the flesh. Hey, I'm partial to Guinness, too. Maybe need to visit Ireland!

They call me aggie said...

Oh am I envious of your trip to Ireland! That is my DREAM vacation! History just amazes me and look at that castle! Did you get to go inside?

Junebug101 said...

Enjoyed your photos of your trip to Ireland. I was there way back in 1999 with a special mission because I am the editor/designer of Maureen O'Hara's official website and known her since 1995. Republic Pictures only shot exteriors for "The Quiet Man' in a radius around the village of Cong.

The best film site I think was in Maam Cross where the footbridge and cottage are located. It's private property, but we ventured thereon to check out the area to see the remnants left of what was the cottage of Sean and Mary Kate. There was this big cow staring at me, but it was such fun to be there. There were no other tourists and it was misting rain. Definitely a special experience.

Check out Maureen O'Hara Magazine on line (usually the first link on Google) and scroll down a bit to view my pics of the trip.