Gone Away to Galway pt. 2


So, I apologize I just realized I never finished my Galway post! One of the things I hadn’t included yet was the view of the cliffs.

Hopefully that will give you a bit of an idea of just how BIG the cliffs were. So we after viewing the cliffs, we went back to the B&B and checked in. We sat and rested for a bit, because we were pretty tired after driving around for a good part of the day. Once we rested, we went into town to walk around a bit. While we were walking around, it was dark, so here are some photos others took of the city during the day…

High street/medieval part of Galway

Along Galway Bay

Galway Harbour

We were starving, and so we went to the first place that sounded good and had tables open, which ended up being really good! We ate at a place called Maxwell’s.

Gourmet Burger at Maxwell’s

Roast Lamb at Maxwell’s

Inside of their restaurant

We were starving, and everywhere else we had tried so far was booked solid (although, it was a Saturday night at about 8pm by the time we had gone to eat). We ordered the bread and dips to start, because we thought that would be the quickest way to fill our empty tummies. It was really good! It came with a sundried tomato relish, olive tapanade, and beet-root hummus. It was AMAZING, but we were so hungry, that we didn’t think to take a photo of it until after we ate all of it, ha ha.

As our entree, Toby ordered their steak burger, and I ordered their braised lamb shoulder. The food was AMAZING. The amount of food that came with the lamb shoulder was crazy! I couldn’t finish it all. My lamb came with coco bean ragu, broccoli and potatoes, and Toby’s burger came with some sort of veg relish and home fries.  The restaurant gorgeous inside, and well placed, which made for some entertaining people watching at the window facing the street on a Saturday evening.

We were so full afterwards, that we went back to the B&B to watch a movie in our room and go to bed. Keeley wasn’t quite sure where she was supposed to lay or what she was supposed to do…

2013-03-03 00.44.42The next day we got up, and grabbed some breakfast at another well rated placed in Galway, then walked along the pier with Keeley.

Along the sea in Galway/Cladaugh area

Memorial of people who died attempting to save people on shipwrecked boats heading the USA from Ireland during the famine

I hadn’t been feeling good that day, so afterwards we just drove back to Dublin. AND, Toby didn’t hit anything driving! SUCCESS! It was a lovely little town, and I would love to go back! We also got see a bit of the beautiful countryside while driving home…

The countryside – all the “fences” that separate land are (what I’m assuming) is old ancient rocks that have been separating the land for years.

What’s crazy, is some of the farm land backs up DIRECTLY to the ocean, so there were cattle and sheep just hanging out on the beach. The rock walls went out to the water, and it appeared to be a bit of a cliff into the ocean, so I guess the animals just don’t go into the water and into the neighboring farms?

And a lot of the country homes have thatch roofs. “Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as strawwater reedsedge (Cladium mariscus), rushes, or heather, layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof. It is a very old roofing method and has been used in both tropical and temperate climates. Thatch is still employed by builders in developing countries, usually with low-cost, local vegetation. By contrast in some developed countries it is now the choice of affluent people who desire a rustic look for their home, would like a more ecologically friendly roof, or who have purchased an originally thatched abode.”  – Wikipedia

 

Hope everyone had a great St. Patrick’s day! I’m going to work on writing up about St. patrick’s day today for your reading pleasure tomorrow.

Have a great week everyone!!

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