Over in Ireland I also took a litte tour around parts of Co Mayo. First stop there was Knock, known for the apparitions seen there. I found it to be a nice little place, but a little like a religious supermarked with all the little shops where you could buy containers to bring water from Knock back home with you.
I was there on a bright sunny day and I for sure was not the only tourist there even if it was not really “peak season”.
Afterwards we drove around seeing different places in County Mayo, but sadly the battery on my camera died and I was not able to take pictures of the nice little town of Swinford, where we went for a nice visit, nice little spots in the country side where we got to see much nice Irish rural scenery. I also really liked Foxford where I paid a visit to the Foxford woollen mills. A really nice local woollen mill and shop that also have locally grown and made food.
During the stay in Ireland I spent a night at a friend’s house in the village/town of Headford. When we arrived it was quite dark and we were unable to see much of the surroundings. What you did notice was the fact that it was very rural. At night we went for a pint in a local pub and this was good fun. Waking up the next morning looking out from the window was amazing.
View from bedroom window
After a homemade typical irish breakfast we went down to Headford side of lake Corrib. The mist on the lake was as nice as the misty fields, but as the fields and bogs had a romantic wuthering heights feel about them. The lake was more eerie. You could not see far ahead and I half way expected to see a boat coming out of the mist with no one at the oars. Or maybe a toll of a bell. I might be reading a little to much.
Autumn in the park
Tuam has a great park right next to the leisure centre. It’s very nice looking and has good routes for walking. When I was over now the park had just started to get its autumnal colours and was truly a sight to see.
Cool looking shop in Tuam town centre
Tuam might not be a shopper’s paradise. but it has quite a few nice little shops that I found really nice. The one in the picture above McManus TV and quilt shop was one of them. They also have some good cafès, if you ever go over there i can recommend Galway roast. Great coffee, good food and a nice staff. And like everywhere in Ireland (or so it seems to me) there are plenty of nice little pubs.
When I was over I decided to go for a few walks and enjoy the weather, so I got to see a lot of the town. And to move myself around trying to digest some of the Irish food. What seems to decide the quality of the restaurant in Ireland seem to be determined by the size of the portions.
Outside St. Jarlath
Typical Irish field with ruin
I finally got back from my trip to Ireland. When I say finally I don’t mean it in the sense that I did not enjoy my vacation, but it lasted a bit longer than intended. We got stranded in Frankfurt due to a delayed flight from Dublin. Had to spend a night in an airport hotel (luckily we were going both legs with Lufthansa and did not end up having to stay in the airport).
The vacation had all the things a nice little autumn brake should have. Friends, sightseeing, good food, nice drinks, shopping and a lot of other good stuff! It was busy and the days were packed with things to do and places to see. The weather was good and Ireland greated me with the autumnal smell of turf burning in the fireplaces. The people in the west are always going on about the constant rain, but I’ve yet to experience this for myself.
I spent most of my time in cosy Tuam, toured some of county Mayo and went to Dublin, if you’re interested you’ll be able to read more about my stay in my following posts.
Last weekend we had a “stinky food” party at some friends. We decided to taste some of the most stinky food in the world including surstrømming, stinky tofu, kimchi and Dorian. I tried everything but the stinky tofu. The food had such a foul smell that I was very glad we had the party outside.
Kimchi, Dorian, surstrømming and stinky tofu
Luckily we had Shepard’s pie, pizza and salty eggs pork for dinner after the tasting and cake for desert. And it’s always nice to spend a day in the company of nice people.
The rest of the weekend I spent relaxing and playing at an Octoberfest in Westernbyen