Friday, October 21, 2016

Ireland Trip Day Four - Cork

The Wednesday of our trip was the busiest. We left Galway and drove to Father Ted's house which is in the middle of nowhere down some small, grassy roads. You can get tea there but you have to make an appointment, so we just stopped to take pictures and then carried on to Limerick.

Craggy Island Parochial House!

The countryside is absolutely beautiful

See, proof that there was grass growing down the middle of the road

We didn't get to see much of Limerick, but we did eat a very delicious brunch. I took some photos of the river

We then drove to Tralee and around the coast to get to Cork, which was really lovely to see (I really like the sea, well water in general to be honest). 

Panorama photos are my new jam.

We got to Cork just in time to get to Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, to go to the Titanic Experience. It was really good. We were all given someone to "be" as we went round - I was a 3rd class passenger called Delia McDermott who was one of the fourteen from Addergoole. She survived in a lifeboat. 

Plans of the boat. It's huge

The captain walking down one of the promenade decks

Now this is the actual pier that the tenders set off from with passengers to go on board Titanic! The museum is in the White Star Line ticket office and although Titanic would have fitted in this harbour (which by the way is the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney), time constraints meant that it was quicker for tenders to take passengers to Titanic which was moored just a little bit away.

More photos of the beautiful coastline, and a selfie that Sam took :) I love my best friends so much, you know. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ireland Trip Day Three - Galway

On the Tuesday of our trip we hired a car from north Dublin and set off to Galway. I'm the only one of us that drives, so I booked a smallish car, and was pleased to be given an Astra - my own car is a Corsa so it was very similar, just a little bigger in every direction, and all the controls were in the same places! Sam made us Irish themed mix CDs for the trip which we really enjoyed listening to.

Galway is absolutely stunning. We arrived just before lunch and checked into the hotel, the Connacht Hotel, which was nice enough. Then we drove to Salthill which has glorious beaches and views into Galway Bay. We had lunch at a seafood place there, and then had an ice cream.

I love beaches when they're all grey like this, just beautiful

We went to Katie's Claddagh Cottage which was extremely small, as demonstrated by me, 5'5", standing in a doorway. 

Then we went into Galway town centre and parked, and walked through the Latin Quarter looking at the shops and restaurants. 

We went back to the hotel for a bit and then drove west. One of the things I wanted to see was the sun setting over the Atlantic, so we went as far west as we could get. We were down a small track with a ruined building next to us. There were lots of clouds which was a shame, but we did manage to see some of the sunset. 

Panorama of a viewpoint about half way along our drive

This beach was my favourite I think

This was where we stopped for the sunset. There were hundreds of crab claws that birds must have discarded. 

Selfie of us waiting for the sunset.

This was about as good as it got

Very creepy abandoned building just next to us!

And here was my very cute hire car, I really liked it.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ireland Trip Day Two - Dublin

The Monday of our holiday was Jacqui's birthday so we started off by chilling out in the apartment and gave her her birthday presents before setting off out into the city. We went on a tram! I love trams. We ended up at Temple Bar for lunch, and went into the Temple Bar pub itself. It was expensive but so worth it - really delicious.

A lock crane on the canal docks

Tram faces!

Birthday girl

Looking down the Liffey

Temple Bar is just so beautiful, I love it

Sam with her Temple Bar Old Fashioned

Me with same

My lunch - a smoked salmon and potato salad sandwich. Incredibly yummy!

After lunch we wandered up to Trinity College, going past the Bloom Hotel as we did so. The murals were really beautiful!

Trinity College was FULL of students, but we managed to get into the Book of Kells with no problems. I saw it in 2006 but it was lovely to see it again. It is so beautiful! The amount of effort that goes into making something like this is just unbelievable to me. 

Trinity College

The college library. The number of books here is just amazing.

This sculpture "Sphere Within A Sphere" is also in the grounds of Trinity College. We thought it looked like the Death Star. 

We then walked up to the Little Museum of Dublin and on the way walked past this!

I love record shops

The museum was really cute, I'd recommend it. The guide was really funny and there's so much STUFF in it, all of it really interesting. 

I love old sewing machines.

We also came across this weird seat/palm tree thing so couldn't resist taking photos! 

After the museum we went back to the apartment, calling in first at the shop to buy supplies for the evening. Jac wanted to stay in for her birthday, so we cooked curry, drank wine, and watched rubbish TV - it was lovely!