My time in Ireland was way too short. I think I had maybe six full days to travel around. I had to pick and choose very wisely what I was going to see and do.
Like I have said in my previous posts regarding this trip, I really lucked out with the weather. Ireland was weird, though. It rained probably everyday I was there, but never lasted long.
Pro tip: always carry an umbrella. You’ll need it.
I arrived in Galway after taking the train from Dublin. It’s a lively town, full of traditional Irish pubs which played live music every night.
If you follow the street, you’ll end up at Claddagh Park. It’s a bit quieter and more peaceful, so if you need to get away from the crowds, head on over.
The Burren, Co. Clare
When the Milesians, that mythical race described by an 11th century scholar in Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of Invasions), came to Ireland they banished the natives to the underground and they became the Sidhe, the fairy folk who live underground and sometimes reside in certain trees or bushes, usually of the hawthorn variety. You don’t want to disturb the fairy folk or you might bring some kind of misfortunate on yourself.
People will leave personal items tied up to these trees in hopes of gaining good luck, or forgetting past stresses. It is also said to be very bad luck to cut down one of these trees, so you will randomly see just one tree in the middle of nowhere.
Cliffs of Moher
Oh, Dublin. It poured while I was here. I had one full day here to explore. I woke up to sunshine and warm weather, but that didn’t last long at all.
I don’t remember what I had originally planned to do, but when the sky opened up I found myself, by chance, outside of Trinity College which happened to be a stop on my list.
Do you love books? If you do, prepare yourself for some serious porn ahead….
There was so much I never got around to doing while here in Ireland. I guess that means I’ll just have to return. I definitely want to visit the Guinness and Jameson factories, also visit Blarney Castle. I would like to head up to Northern Ireland as well. There is so much history to see here that you need more than just six days to experience it all.