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Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Ballinasloe July 21st 2012

July 21 The castle and the bike After putting flowers on the graves one of my cousins went back to work and the other showed me some more of the graves and we then walked back to the house. Another Irish 10 minute walk. On the way we passed a huge hospital, St Brigids that had been closed down and a castle that at one point must have guarded the river crossing on the River Suck. This huge hospital except for a small part is closed down. Such a shame. It’s surprising how austerity measures always involve things that serve the needs of the people and never eliminating perks for public officials….or increases in their retirement programs as they cut ours. The castle was in pretty good condition for the most part although one of it's ... read more
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Closed down hospital
closed down hospital

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 21st 2012

Today was another beautiful day in Galway. We awoke to a beautiful sunny day and the sound of the city streets mixed with the murmur of the beach. Ireland is bliss. Being in a foreign country is odd. The good kind of odd though, where everything around you seems strange but you can’t help but want to be immersed in it. Being around a culture that’s different than my own is exciting. My favorite thing about the trip is the people, which is funny because I’m not exactly the friendliest person on a day-to-day basis. Our day trip today was called Connemara. Yes, I took my motion sickness medicine and got plenty of sleep last night, thank goodness, so there was not another incident. Connemara is a city outside of the actually city of Galway. It ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 20th 2012

Over hills, through the streams, up and down the rocks. Fantastic views of Galway Bay. Watched a dog herd cows. A tad nerve wracking for Mom. Abby and Sam loved it... Jake and I were a little reluctant to start trotting! Love that my horse's name was Butt! Ironically when I swung my leg over the back of the horse I missed the saddle and sat on his butt. I then started to laugh so hard I was barely able to get in the saddle. Thank God we made it through the 2 hour trek safe and sound.... read more
Horseback in Galway
3 week old foal....too cute

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Ballinasloe July 20th 2012

July 20, 2012 Friday I got up very early as I am still on Texas time so when I get up at 5AM it is actually 11AM according to my biological clock. I invested the time on various projects on my computer and taking some pictures. The cousins had bought a bag of chippings to put on their parents and our Grandparents graves. One bag proved not to be enough and they had to go get another for the job. I asked to be allowed to pay for one of the bags but they wouldn’t let me. I felt the chippings and was surprised with just how heavy they were. They felt like what they were…a ton of rocks. While my cousins went to the cemetery to work on the graves I walked to the train ... read more
The station platform
The crosover the track used in the Quiet Man
1851

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 19th 2012

Kevin and I had a night out with his class during the Galway Arts Festival. We went to Black Box Theater to see "Out with the Tide" with John Mahoney (Fraser's father). It was really good, tough topic, alzheimers, but really well done and funny. Strange to see a Chicago theater company in Ireland but at least no effort to understand the accent.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 19th 2012

Sleep is a glorious thing, especially after being completely exhausted. Today we slept in until about 12:30 pm. It was heavenly…until of course the construction, that sounded like a mass murder situation, began right outside our window. Oh well, it was probably best to get up anyway. For lunch we went to a cheese mongers shop and had a splendid cheese and dip tray with bread and wine. Not only did I feel like the classiest person in Ireland, it tasted amazing as well. It was definitely a good lunch choice. After lunch we decided to wander a bit and inevitably end up at the Galway Bay Lighthouse. After taking a few too many unplanned detours, we finally found it. The walkway to get there was much longer in person than we expected. For some reason ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 18th 2012

After getting little to no sleep last night, I knew that today was going to be a long one. We woke up around 9 am to leave for the 9:20 am bus tour…not exactly the smartest idea in terms of having a calm morning but we did what we had to do to ensure maximum hours of sleep. The bus tour started at our hostel and was to take us to all of the historic and/or beautiful places in Galway. The idea of a bus tour is great in theory, but one we got on the bumpy, country side roads, I knew I was in trouble. An hour in, it hit me. I was going to be sick and something had to be done. Not wanting to attract attention to my issue, I tried to fight ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 18th 2012

Today we are here 3 weeks and 1 day. This is a much longer time than I thought it would be. Homesickness is kicking in for everyone. We hear that you are having a heat wave, that would be welcome here. Picture taken is the last bit of sun we saw on Sunday (probably the best weather we have seen in Ireland). It has rained/drizzzzzled and been cold (no higher than 52 degrees) for two straight days. I woke to sunshine this morning thank God! In the rain we have discovered the move theater... saw Ice Age 4 in 3D...really entertaining. Also we found that the Irish are used to the rain and nothing changes... the market and shop street are still bustling with musicians and shopping. Strolling down the cobblestone streets rain or shine makes ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 16th 2012

Galway, Ireland. Wow. It is everything I could have ever pictured it to be and more. With the beauty to rival any tourist destination, it is also a very quaint city, about 3 hrs outside of Dublin. Well worth the trek. Traveling, although rather exciting, can be extremely exhausting, as was the case for me. We left the Birmingham Airport around 2:30 pm and didn’t arrive in Galway until 7:30 am (Ireland time). It was raining when we arrived in Dublin so we decided to catch the bus straight to Galway. Fighting sleep was the hardest part but the beauty of the landscape is captivating enough to keep anyone awake. We reached Galway around 11:30 am and by then the delirious energy had set in. We convinced ourselves not to sleep through lunch and instead went ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Clifden July 15th 2012

13 juillet 2012 "There is not a tree to hang a man from, water to drown one in nor dirt to bury one in." Cromwell Hier soir, je suis entre au dortoir a Galway en titubant, grise par la biere et la guitare celtique du pub de devant l'auberge. Il etait 23h et des poussieres. Quelques dormeurs etaient deja enfouis sous leurs couvertures mais la majorite des vingts lits superposes semblaient vides. Mon lit simple, colle au plafond s est mit a grincer comme une balancoire alors que j'essayais de me trouver une place au chaud, colle a mes bagages humides. A chaque fois que le sommeil m'empoignait, un voyageur entrait dans le dortoir, tous plus souls et plus bruyants les uns apres les autres. Je ne sais plus trop a quelle heure tardive, mais Paul ... read more
Horses
Reflet dans le Connemara
Skye Road




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