Breakfast at 8:00 with Australians....it seems we're not the only ones concerned about gaining a few pounds. GoodBye to Donal & "the girls"! We leave Adare headed for points north, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Aran Islands & Galway City.
|Instead of backtracking through Limerick
and Shannon, we opt to drive out the Dingle peninsula and take the Tarbert ferry across
the River Shannon. It is great. We stop
at the Tarbert post office, it's a combo-grocery, hardware store, city hall. It's about 10'x10' and there are about 10 people inside. We mail our
post cards and head off for the ferry. The air smells so great!
|After the ferry, we dead end into "the big pond," the Atlantic! On our way to the cliffs, there is a nice little seaside resort for the locals. We stop for lunch. The weather is absolutely wonderful. So everyone is taking advantage and sunning themselves. Check out that racy little Vectra!|
|After driving around about a million stone fences, and countless dead-end dirt roads we finally reach the Cliffs of Moher. They are 700 foot cliffs that stretch over 5 miles of the County Clare coast. Breath-taking! These photos don't do them justice. This is a view to the south.|
|Looking north from the 19th century observation tower...
This is the only place we encounter any bugs at all in Ireland, and the top of this tower is covered with lady bugs!
|This is the observation tower. On a clear day they say you can see the Aran Islands, and Galway Bay from the tower.|
|That's the observation tower on top, this is a view from the walk up to the cliffs. Awesome.|
|Another view of the northern cliffs.
As we are heading to Galway, after the Cliffs, we encounter the Burren. The Burren is 100 square miles of rocky terrain, that looks like a moonscape. It's actually limestone, and is okay for about 30 minutes of the drive, but after an hour and a half, it has gotten very old. We don't have any photos of the Burren. Wonder why?
It's 5:00 pm Friday afternoon, on a bank holiday weekend, and once again we find
our- selves in the middle of rush hour traffic. Only this time we're in Galway City, in
the middle of the cultural district, where all roads are single lane, but the locals turn
two lanes into three!!! We have headaches. All we want to do is find a B&B and relax.
We do find a nice one; then refresh ourselves and are out (again, within walking distance)
to the cultural district and shopping of Eyre Park (sort of a Central Park for Galway
City). We have a great evening in Galway City! Street performers are everywhere (from
bagpipers to Pavarotti imitators). We meet some locals, and decide against going to the
Aran Islands. These guys work the tour ferries. On advice, we buy our sweaters in town.
Back to the room....weird thing, they're into "must see tv"!!!(Friends on
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