Hey, Femm readers and welcome back to my Ireland travel blog. In part one I discussed how I was lucky enough to travel to Ireland and talked about the city of Dublin and what to check out there. I left off with speaking about the St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Johnathan Swift’s grave and will be picking up from there. After I explain who Swift is, for those of you who don’t know, I’ll move on to the last place in Dublin you should go to before I move on to the city of Galway. Now Swift is a famous Irish writer and satirist. He wrote the book, Gulliver’s Travels. You know the one where the man finds himself on an island where people are as tiny as ants and they tie him up because he looks like a giant or monster to them? Anyway, Swift’s best piece of satire was his pamphlet, “A Modest Proposal,” where he suggests that the best way to get rid of the poor children of Ireland is to fatten them up and sell them on the meat market for the rich landlords to eat.
2. Galway- We traveled from Dublin to Galway on a train that lasted for about two hours. Watching the scenery nearby is incredible. Have you ever seen pictures of Ireland or movies filmed there? Then what images come to mind are going to be rolling green fields, sheep, goats, cows, farms, thatched roof houses, stone walls, and mountains right? That is exactly what you get to see while traveling the train. There is a bus that runs from Dublin to Galway but that’ll take an hour longer. The Airbnb we stayed at we called, the Galway House. It was owned by an older Irish lady and it was the nicest place. It was a quaint townhouse nestled in a cul-de-sac where the neighbors were preparing for a block party that weekend. What I loved most about the house was that it felt like I was staying at my Irish grandmother’s home. Not only that, but she had a beautiful garden in her front and backyard. It had such a magical feel to it. Like that was the right house to start an adventure almost like the house in the first Narnia book. In fact, she had the series locked up in a glass display case in her little reading room.
The reading room was my favorite spot. It was the perfect room with a fireplace to make it cozy while you read your books for the evening; which I recommend you pack because you might not have much money for cellphone use other than calling. I loved the city of Galway because it was a city, it had suburbs, it was on the coast, and if you traveled about an hour or so you were back in the country. We were also within walking distance to the city. If I could pick a place to live in Ireland it would be Galway. Galway, to me, is a cooler city than Dublin. For one thing, they had better music there and street performers. In case you didn’t know Galway is one of the top places in the U.K. where musicians are discovered, for example, that’s where Ed Sheeran got his start. There are so many shops to check out while there in Galway. My favorite was the bookstore, Eason. That’s where I bought most of my books for the trip. Now, as far as pubs go you should check out The King’s Head pub and swing in for a pint of Guinness. By the way, I forget to mention that real Guinness is way better than knock-off American Guinness. Galway is also just a beautiful city to walk around. You can see the bay, you can walk to pubs, you can watch street performers, you can check out art galleries, wool shops, silversmith shops where they make their own jewelry, and crystal smith shops. You can even walk to the grocery or the convince store for food.
3. The Aran Islands- That was another awesome part about Galway. You were a ferry ride away from the Aran Islands. You can also take an eight-minute plane ride there as well but be warned. If you miss your flight or the last ferry, then you’ll be stuck on the island ‘til morning so watch your time. Once you get to the islands you can rent bikes to ride around on, you can hike, or you can take a horse-drawn carriage tour, that’s what my family did. The carriage took us most of the way to the top, but we had to get off and hike to the top of the cliff. It’s a good long hike from the to the top but the view is well worth it. Warning again, if you’re afraid of heights don’t go too close to the edge because there’s no guard rail like the Cliffs of Moore. Well, that’s all for this post. In part three I’ll share with you guys about the town Dingle in the Dingle Peninsula, the Castle View B&B in Ballylongford, and hopefully the other places I went to. ‘til next time.