Our next B&B was a home in Salthill; we were booked elsewhere but there were problems, so we were brought to this place as an backup. Turns out a better choice, larger rooms, super friendly hostess (Philamena), and nicer atmosphere. Nice quiet residential neighborhood, easy walk downhill to the Salthill promenade area - shops, cafes, sea walk, beach area. We walked into city, spent some time and then took the city bus back to Salthill, very close to the B&B. Phila was very helpful on how to do this, and also knowledgeable on many local features.
quiet private location, no hassle parking. Hostess very attentive but respects your privacy as needed. We felt very comfortable here.
. A three-mile seaside promenade brought us to the Galway city’s pedestrian friendly streets lined with quaint shops, street musicians and an adequate number of pubs. We strolled along the River Corrib and visited the medieval friary and the imposing St. Nicholas Cathedral, built with donations from Boston (the most popular destination of Galway immigrants). The owner of the B&B (whose sister had just arrived from Boston) recommended a restaurant in the little fishing village of Barna. Excellent local seafood: fresh oysters from the bay and broiled hake, with sides of potatoes and Irish vegetables (always broccoli, cauliflower and carrots/green, white, orange). Afterwards, we took a sunset walk and saw a fellow stop his car, walk to the beach, tee up a single golf ball, whack it off into the water, get in his car and drive off! Ed was reminded of the Sigmund Freud quote that “the Irish are one people where psychoanalysis would not be successful”.
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