Two people kayaking in Galway bay
Earlier this month we took a trip to Ireland with my mother to show her the country and introduce her to my man’s family. The country decided to show itself from a very good side for some of the time, but as it was the start of November it was a bit of wind, rain and hail along the sunshine.
We spent a few days in the west of the country and enjoyed the lovely town of Galway and surrounding areas. We did a bit of looking around, ate good food and went to quite a few good pubs.
One of the nice pubs we visited in Galway.
We had a very good time and enjoyed ourself a lot.
Beef and Guinness stew
Sorry for the long abcence, I’ve just been really busy lately and will continue to be so for a while, but I really missed my blig and you guys so I found the time to visit thr blogosphere and hope I’ll be better at making the time.
Dun Laoghire pier
When I was in Ireland this easter I did a lot of walking.
Walk way by the sea
James Joice memorial tree and quote
Sandycove – you can see the tower where James Joice spent some time writing that is now a museum
Public seimming spot. People were actually swimming!
Dun Laoghaire in the distance
Oscar Wilde lounging on a rock close to his old home
When I was in Ireland I had a few days around Dublin and as this coincided with my plan to walk more, I did quite a bit of walking.
The weather was mostly overcast and the temperature was mild.
The floozy in the jacuzy
I didn’t just go walking, I had a few drops too.
Live music and a pint in Temple Bar
Another great thing to see in County Clare Ireland, in addition to the Clifs of Moher, is the Aillwee Caves.
The caves was dicovered in the 40’s, but was kept a secret for a long time untill they opened it up to the public in 1974. It’s one of the oldest caves in Ireland.
The walk inside the cave was really something else and I really enjoyed it. The cave holds a consistent temperature of 10 degrees celsius.
Many many years ago the cave was home to some brown bears. They have been ecstinct on the Emerald Isle for many years, but their remains were found in the cave.
On our way down we stoppes in a little shop spelling localy produced cheese and fudge. There was also a bird of pray centre there, but we opted out of that one.
The area around where the Caves can be found is called The Burren. It is an area where the limestone is very visible, not covered in the green grass you usually find in Ireland. This is not something you are every day. There are several great walking trails here.
For this visit in Ireland I had decided to do a little bit of sightseeing. There are many sights to see, but one thing that has been high on my list is the Clifs of Moher. As seen un films as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Ryan’s Daughter, The Princess Bride and Father Ted.
The Clifs was really as stunning as I expected. It was quite windy when we were there, but the rain decided to take a little break when we where there.
The Clifs is a Special Protected Area for Birds and is home to a lot of seabirds including quite a lot of Puffins.
Going there on Good Friday there was a lot of other people there to watch the majestic Clifs and as we got there rather late there was not to wide a selection of food left in the resturant situated in the experience centre, but we were lucky enough to get some food.
We didn’t spend too much time in the centre, as we preferred to spend more of our time out by the Clifs, but those who built the centre had done a good job making it blend in to the environment.
After a while the rain started to pour, the gift shops were closing and all the tourists started leaving. And as we had a two hour drive ahead to get home we had to say goodbye to the Clifs and the puffins that has this wonderful place as a home.
I’m finally back in Ireland. It’s so good to be back here and to know that I’ve got a good holiday to look forward too!
Finally back on the Emerald Isle
I’ve been spending the last few easters in Ireland, visiting family and friends. And I midt say that it is an easter traditions I hope to hold on to.
On the menu for the next days is seeing friends and family, doing some sightseeing and eating easter eggs. The weather that greated us yesterday was good and the forecast looks fine, but if the weather won’t cooperate I know I’ll still have a wonderful time.
Hope you’re all enjoying a lovely easter!