March 15

Trip Start Mar 08, 2008
Trip End Jun 18, 2008

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

So we left Ennis first thing in the morning and made our way to the Cliffs of Moher, yay!!! so neat! so pretty :-) coooolddd, but great! we were glad we did that. tiny little roads to get there. then we proceeded to drive the scenic route towards Galway and on the route around Black Head we ran into a little town that wasn't even on the map that was having their St. Patty's day centre consisted of a little grocery shop and a pub.  they set up an open sided semi across the street from the pub that an MC could get his microphone on speakers....we pull up to a bunch of cars parked on both sides of the street and are like what in the world....can't go any further...get out and have a look. here about 2-300 feet of a parade. the locals just bring out their tractors and what not....guy with a dog in a cart decorated with a pipe in its mouth and sunglasses, a family poured out back of a station wagon dressed as "super hero's", the MC knows EVERYONE's names....then there's this big semi that pulls in that has a skit with the American Elections - Clinton, Obama & McCain, all played by kids...quite funny....they are very much into our election over here.  McCain's slogan was "a vote for me is a vote for war", Clinton's slogan ...can't remember it...Obama, played by a little irish kid with some mud on his face, his slogan was "vote for me and i'll bring some color into the office"......not sure how we feel about that...crowd roared though.  (there's been references to the blacks or rather african's in ireland as the "colored girl" or what not....but i realize that they think of race differently than we do in the states and we are much more sensitive to it...i think). anyway, was quite fun to see a home town parade like that that completely shut down the road for any coming or going traffic. after about 30 min's or so we got on our way and made it into Galway (or rather Salthill) and found the ferry for Aran Island, got ourselves a ticket and then found ourselves a B&B for 2 nights.  the b&b is just around the way from the Caladagh neighborhood where the Cladagh rings orginiated.

that night we went for dinner at a local family restuarunt (Lohan's) about a 5 min walk from our b&b - had irish bacon & cabage, mom - irish stew, dad - fish & chips.  then we proceeded to O'Connors for drinks and live music.  this great pub was completely decorated with old time tools and artifacts (lanterns, chamber pots, old pitchers, the works!!!) was so neat to look around and identify all the stuff.  hung out there for a couple of could only handle half a glass of wine ;-) unfortuantely the music was not traditional...was all old classic american rock, but fun none-the-less to be at the happening spot where many of the locals gather on a saturday night!  off to bed by 10:30p as we had to get up early to get our bus to the ferry at 9:30a to get to Aran Islands.
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