Greyhound races, oyster fest and connemara

Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
Trip End Dec 28, 2006

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Sunday, October 1, 2006

Due to inclement weather my trip plans for last weekend had to be postponed until this weekend. The weekend of the "famous" Guinness and Oyster Festival of Galway. Unbeknownst to us though, it was a rather exclusive event and ticket prices were upwards of 100 Euros a day. So as you can guess, we didn't attend. However, it did seem like there were more people in town than usual and the streets and pubs were packed. Instead of paying ridiculous prices to eat some raw oysters we opted to check out the Galway Greyhound Races. I managed to lose 15 Euro betting on the names I liked whereas our friend Brian managed to win 60, so the Guinness was on him. After a rainy, relaxing Saturday we headed to the Connemara on Sunday. An area of west Ireland known for its breathtaking mountain views, grazing sheep, peat bogs and untouched countryside. The landscape in this area is exactly what one might imagine if you were to mention Ireland. And it turns out several films were shot in this region. As you'll see in the pictures, the rocky terrain makes it look much like a barren wasteland, but the land is perfect for grazing sheep, cattle and ponies, and that's exactly what we saw. The other thing the Connemara is famous for, and therefore of great interest to me, is the amazing fishing streams and lakes. The tour guide repeatedly made reference to fishing for salmon, trout and pike and each time I asked myself why I neglected to bring a rod with me. There's always next. Anyhow, that's all she wrote. Hope you enjoy the pictures. More to come in a week. Cheers.
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