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April 8-9



April 8-9

Drove to Enniscrone, a small coastal town in northwest Ireland. We ate at a restaurant that served traditional Irish food, Ait Eile, and had one of our best meals so far. Enniscrone has a beautiful beach that reminds us of Oregon. Saw people crazy enough to surf. We stayed in an apartment above a grocery/deli, nice place but bed was a little rough. Walked down to the Enniscrone Golf Club - beautiful links course. Sean had his first full Irish breakfast: bacon, sausage, black pudding, white pudding, eggs, hashbrowns, french fries, grilled tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, white toasted bread, brown bread and Irish tea. We took a stroll along the ocean walkway and relaxed.

April 8 Fitbit steps: 14,273
April 9 Fitbit steps: 12,253

Traffic on the way to Enniscrone

Saints Peter and Paul Church on drive to Enniscrone

Enniscrone Golf Club

Apartment above market/deli with Wanda looking out the window

Photos taken while walking around Enniscrone

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April 7

Galway City


April 7

We explored Galway today. They have a great city center area that is very active. We took a stroll along the River Corrib which runs through the city. Went to the Galway City Museum, ate fish and chips along with a drunk Irishman who plopped down at our table and went to St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.

Fitbit steps: 16,390

Walk along canal

Galway city center

The Claddagh: the heart represents love, the hands represent friendship and the crown represents loyalty.

Church of Ireland - St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church

Our apartment above the pub with Sean looking out the window

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April 6

Galway - Connemara and Kylemore Abbey


April 6

We went a tour that took us west from Galway along the Galway Bay. We drove through Spiddal, Rosmuc and along the rugged shoreline to Roundstone and Clifden. The tour took us through the Connemara region showing us peat bog fields, the breathtaking Sky Road and the Twelve Bens Mountain range. The highlight was the romantic Kylemore Abbey. It was originally a castle that Mitchell Henry built for his bride. The grounds also include a walled garden and a neo-gothic church that was built to look like a mini-cathedral. After his wife died he sold it to a group of Benedictine nuns from Belgium who fled during one of the wars. I think the nuns came out good in this deal. Sean and I shared a piece of apple pie with custard sauce at the café – it was the most amazing dessert ever.

Fitbit steps: 16,838

Traditional Irish Homes

Images along Galway Bay and Connemara

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Neo-Gothic Church

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April 5

Cliffs of Moher and Aran Island Inisheer


April 5

Today we took a tour to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher. The tour begins with a drive through the Burren which is a landscape like no other place on the planet. We caught a ferry from Doolin that took us to Inisheer, the smallest and most unspoiled of the Aran Islands. We then took a boat that took us on a stunning voyage under the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are 5 miles long and 702 feet at its highest point. Then we got to view the cliffs from the top. Having the opportunity to see the cliffs from top and the bottom was incredible and a must see for anyone visiting Ireland. On the way back to Galway we drove down a hill called the Corkscrew and all I can say is the name fits. We drove through a small town called Lisdoonvarna that is known for its annual Matchmaking Festival. People from all over come to Lisdoonvarna for a whole month, they meet with the matchmaker and hopefully by the end of the month the matchmaker has found them their match. Sounds like a great marketing campaign to me.

Fitbit steps: 18,385

Drive to and from Doolin

The Burren

Inisheer - smallest of the Aran Islands

Cliffs of Moher from below

Cliffs of Moher from above

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April 3 - 4

Killarney and Galway


April 3

We spent the day in Killarney. We walked to Ross Castle, a 15th century tower house/castle. We took the tour and learned a lot. The public garden and park in Killarney re-opened today after two years and $7m revamp.

Fitbit steps: 19,955

Ross Castle and grounds

Around Killarney

April 4

Drove to Galway today. We rented a self-catering apartment that is right above a pub. Had dinner at the pub, McGinns, along with a couple beers. Walked around the city center. Galway is the third largest city in Ireland and has lots of young people.

Fitbit steps: 15,620


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