All the way to Galway

Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
Trip End Aug 02, 2010

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Travelodge Galway
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

After a late sleep in from last night's partying, we packed up the car and headed towards Galway. Two things we love about Ireland – the days are really long and the distances are really short. The myth about Irish roads being unmanageable is a thing of the past – now there are freeways everywhere. Unfortunately no-one told our GPS, and its most common phrase was "Recalculating. Recalculating".

Our first stop was Trim, home to the castle where “Braveheart” was filmed. It was worth the visit – the town was quaint and the castle had an interesting and somewhat barbaric past. Now the only thing barbaric was the local food which was either deep fried or covered with mayonnaise.

We then headed to Clonmacnoise as there was an early Christian site there. After driving on winding, single-lane county roads for half an hour, we had certainly acquired renewed Christian faith by the time we’d arrived. The site was on the Shannon River and was a pretty cool look into the past. Apparently yellow fever had wiped out half of Ireland during that time. Unfortunately it wasn’t so easy to photograph all the sites due to the jumping castle erected nearby.

By the time we arrived at Galway, we laid down for a nap (2 hours) and decided to check out the local sights. We drove to the nearby seaside resort of Salthill, but this summer weather is like our winter. As appealing as Galway is, it lacks the character and history we enjoyed so much about Dublin.

The rest of the evening was spent watching Spain defeat Germany in the World Cup. It’s interesting how much more engaging it is to watch when you’re in Europe.
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Gudron on

And all you guys have to do is get over here and watch Sunday's match here with me in Rotterdam...after that you'll never call it "soccer" again! Enjoy the rest of the trip and see you in Helsinki or Sydney! x

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