I'd like to start with thanking everyone on TA for all the great advice. I've been planning this trip for 9 months; its hard to believe I'm finally here! A little about me; SWF, attorney by day, foodie/music lover/singer by night. I love history, breathtaking scenery, and photography. So Ireland is a given!
I started out leaving PHX Wednesday morning. Was delayed 4 hours in O'Hare. Then missed my conecting flight to Shannon, so I waited another 3 hours in London for the next flight. I therefore lost the entire first day of my trip. Oh well; I decided to just make the best of it. Picked up the car at Shannon Airport and was off. Now, the last time I was here, I navigated, I didn't have to drive. I was very scared by the thought of the driving and the left handed shifting. But it was like riding a bike, it all came back to me. Made it to Galway with no problems. Couldn't find my b&b though, which was my fault (drove right by it). Based on many reviews here at TA, I booked at Bayberry in Salthill. Marie, the owner, actually came and got me when I told her I was lost. What a gem! As I am the only one here, i got to pick my room. So its nice and big, with a little sofa and 3 big windows. The house itself is spotless and charming. Never one to let gradd grow under my feet, I freshened up and was about to head out, and Marie offered to drop me off in town.
Had backed cod and chips at McDonoughs in the latin quarter. Not bad, but wish I just got the regular fried cod. Not bad just differennt, I suppose. Then took i some music at the Spanish Arch (which I really liked; good music, and some space so you weren't packed in there) and Tig Cioli (which was really packed, I got jostled around so much I left after a few songs).
I could have walked back, but Bayberry is in Salthill, and its a 25 min walk that I just wasn't up to my the end of the night. So a cab from the Latin Quarter is about 750E. Not bad.
So while I was gone, Marie put a hot water bottle under my covers, along with my PJ's (which I had left out) so my bed was all nice and toasty when I got back!
Day 2: Breakfast... OMG! Now I never get to eat breakfast at home, so this really is a treat for me. Eggs, bacon, pudding, the whole deal. Delish! Don't miss the oatmeal with the real cream and hot fruit. I could have eaten just that!
Now I booked a tour with Lally to see Connemara. When I booked I was told the pick up was in town, which was fine. But once again, Marie to the rescue, who said she would call them and have them come pick me up. The day today was beyond gorgeous. I guess I brought it with me from Arizona :) Anyway, Connemara was breathtaking. we also stopped at Kylemore Abbey, which I was told is not the most photographed place in Ireland. I can see why. Make sure to also see the walled gardens and the cathedral. Just lovely.
No food to report today; I'm still full from breakfast!
Did some shopping; brought a claddagh for my friend at Fowlers (the place to go for such things I was told) and bought some jewelry for myself at McCarthys. Very nice selection of Irish made jewelry from different designers. I already have a claddagh from my last trip, and I wanted something with Connemara marble, so I got a lovely tear drop shaped necklace, silver, 39E. Very reasonable.
Tomorrow, I'm off to Donegal, then overnight in Sligo. I'll post more as I make my way north!