July 17-26, 2012
After three months I have finally gotten around to looking at my photos from our amazing trip to Ireland. The following photos (in no particular order) are a compilation of our adventures on the road. From our first day of being delirious in Dublin, majorly scraping the bumper of our car in a "car park", forgetting where we parked the car and having to take a cab to find the "car park", and realizing that you cannot order dinner anywhere after 9:00pm because no one in Ireland eats that late, we redeemed ourselves the next day on our trip to Galway. Day two we took the long way "through the twisting, turning, winding roads". After being close to the edge of many narrow roads and through the great hills of Connemara (which felt like mountains to me), I finally understand the reason for the Sawdoctor's song lyrics "Galway and Mayo". GPS saved us so many times during our off-roading adventures. It is amazing to me that it knew all the roads that would typically be off the map. In Galway we stayed at a ridiculous B&B that didn't include breakfast, walked around the Galway Art Festival, tasted the best seafood chowder on the planet, and enjoyed an evening with our friends Brian and Emily.
On day four we traveled up the coastal route from Galway to Westport, Mayo. Along the way we stopped for photos on the beach in Spiddal, mussels for lunch at a pub in John's favorite town Roundstone, and a guinness in my favorite little town of Clifden. After arriving in Westport we settled in for a couple days. Day five we took a short trip to Achill Island. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. On the way to Achill we drove through some long tucked away roads, only to reveal the most beautiful deserted abbey's, castles, and cemeteries. From there we drove the coastal route to Achill and all the way to the top peak of the island. There you can look down and see the amazing Keem Beach cut out of the cliffs of Achill. We visited a massive deserted village (photos Part II) and had a picnic lunch on the coast. After driving back from Achill we stopped to visit a family friend in Newport and enjoyed a traditional irish music session at a pub.
Day six we continued on our journey from Westport back to Dublin and enjoyed many more adventures...but I'll save that for Part II. Stay tuned!