Galway, and the Cliffs of Moher

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Flying from Carcassonne to Dublin, Ireland we hopped on a bus to meet up with our friend Mikey, across the country in the city of Galway. We stayed with him and his roommate/band member, Paul. They live in the neighborhood of Salt Hill in a cozy apartment, 1 block from the bay and just a 20 minute walk from the city center.Image

 

There is so much good energy in this town, with musicians playing on every corner and people always ready to engage in a chat.

 

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We had a lot of fun drinking pints of beer and cider at the old pub Neachtain’s, with him, his friends and his band – Mikey and the Scallywags.

 

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In the evenings we toured around to many other bars and one night went to a party in a little ceramics studio. We were treated to beautiful music and an impromptu puppet show!

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On one of our 3 days, we booked a ride on a tour bus to see the Cliffs of Moher, along the way we got to see traditional Irish homes with thatched roofs, like this one.

 

 

ImageWe made some stops to see a few of the many stone castles dotting the landscape.

 

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As we passed through the Burren landscape we saw hiking trailheads and caves open to tour. We really must go back someday and take more time to visit all that the Burren has to offer. Here is a earthen circle fort built in prehistoric times by Celtic druids.Image

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The cliffs were majestic, standing strong above the crashing ocean. Image

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After an hour and a half at the cliffs we had lunch and then stopped at the “mini cliffs”, they are a few miles away from Cliffs of Moher but not as high above the ocean, still pretty epic though!

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One more thing, a donkey we befriended in a little village…Image

ImageNext, off to County Cork!

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