It's our first real day in Ireland, and we have a very early start (bags out at 6:45!) since we have a lot scheduled for today, starting with the Cliffs of Moher, in the next county over from County Limerick--County Claire!
On the way we did make one stop to see a memorial to the Great Famine.
Unfortunately, when we got to the Cliffs it was seriously overcast and windy, but we could still see a bit.
On our way to the next stop, we passed by Galway Bay, and listed to a bit of the song, Galway Bay while we passed (which was pretty neat).
We next went to Rathbaun farm, where we had a cream tea in a thatched roof cottage farmhouse!
The schedule had just said coffee, so that was a very happy surprise for me.
We had scones with ginger rhubarb jam and clotted cream.
We next went up to the barn to see sheep and bottle feed lambs.
The lambs came right up to us (looking for more milk, of course).
Next a quick look around the gardens,
before heading back out to our next stop--Galway city.
There was also a street fair where I did some shopping and we had street food (I had a German bratwurst) right in front of an old church, St. Nicholas. This is Ireland's largest medieval parish still in use.
Already time to head back to the bus.
(If we had more time, I would have loved to stop here! They sold some of their tea blends, so at least I was able to bring some home to try!)
After a quick stop at a marble factory to learn about irish marble,
Across the street a party venue with memorabilia from John Wayne's visit to Ireland for The Quiet Man.
we drove to Clifden, a small fishing village in the far west of Ireland.
Dinner was at the hotel and lasted from 7 to close to 9.
We had wanted to go up to Monument Hill to take night pictures of the town (they exist on the internet), and walked a bit along the Sky Road, but the path up the hill had been closed for the night (probably because it was dark). I did not enjoy the walk out or back because the road was narrow and winding with no sidewalks or real shoulders, and I kept forgetting which side traffic came from. It was also dark and rainy. So not the best nighttime photo idea I've ever had.
After that bust, we went to the pub right across the parking lot from our hotel in an old converted train station.
Katherine and I had ciders and listened to the live music.
(I was starting out small, ok)
The band played all the way from Danny Boy to Fulsome Prison by Johnny Cash. So it ended up being a nice end to the day.