Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summer 2014 travels!

Back to traveling again with Steph!

We arrived in Ireland early this morning and got moving right away to see the landscapes and views this country has to offer. We headed straight from the Shannon airport to Galway for our first day. From Galway, we took a day bus tour of the surrounding countryside and passed through Kinvara to County Clare and on to the Cliffs of Moher. Ireland is certainly living up to its reputation for greenery and lots of sheep! Spring seems to be a great time of year for us to be here as the plants are thriving, and there are many adorable baby lambs, calves, and foals on the fields. The bus made a lunch stop at a traditional Irish pub, where I dove right in to the cuisine and ordered beef and Guiness stew. What great comfort food to fill me up after our long night and morning of travelling!
We passed by a few old stone castles and out posts along the way to the main attraction - the Cliffs of Moher. These 800 foot tall cliffs along the west coast of Ireland stretch along 8 km, and there are pathways to walk along and view the spectacular landscape. The view was truly breathtaking, and the pictures simply don't do it justice, but I will post them anyway. It was incredible to watch from above as many species of birds flew among the rocky ledges where they nest. 
We were lucky to have the sun shine through for us as we walked the cliffs, since most of the day was rainy. The rain caught us again on the drive back to Galway, and flooding in the roads forced the bus driver to find an alternate route back. We ended our day with dinner out at a pub in Galway, called The King's Head, that boasts a lively history dating back to the 1300s. Now it's time for a good night's sleep before our journey continues south early tomorrow morning!

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