Colorful Ireland

Galway

Happy Travel Tuesday! This is the last of my Ireland posts; as always I love sharing our experiences in Ireland, I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them (and experiencing them!) .

Because of its climate, Ireland can be an absolutely miserable place. While I tend to love this part of it (except when it rains for almost 10 straight days on my vacation), dreary gray days, fog, a constant drizzle, and whipping winds can pretty quickly bring anyone down. Luckily, the Irish are good at festive building colors, signage, and other lovely little details that brighten the streets and make it easy to spot a business from far away.

Galway

{The Quays Pub}

Claddagh

{Claddagh ring shop – The Claddagh ring originates in a tiny Galway village of the same name.}

Galway pub{Teac Tabairne – a bar or tavern}

Griffin's Bakery

{Griffin’s of Shop Street}

Galway

Neachtain's

{Tigh Neachtain’s  – basically O’Neachtain’s house, a fabulous bar}

Kirwan's Lane

{Kirwan’s Lane in the heart of medieval Galway , a city once enclosed by thick stone walls, some of which can still be seen}

traditional Irish music

{Tigh Coili – another pub, one across the street from my old apartment in Galway}

 

And for your listening pleasure, here’s a little glimpse into what we did most nights in Galway:

http://youtu.be/3vmA6I2ec3s

The Spanish Arch Hotel

{The Spanish Arch Hotel – a fantastic place for live music}

There’s another video on my YouTube channel that is a pretty awesome depiction of how a night in Galway goes; great street performer meets rowdy, excited crowds, and a sing-along ensues. I didn’t post it directly here because one of those crowd members decided to yell a profanity at the camera, and I didn’t want to offend anyone’s fragile ears. Winking smile  Otherwise, it’s just a fun video of people singing.  If you have headphones or are at home, it’s an entertaining two minutes.

I have major travel fever right now and want to get started planning another trip. My wanderlust includes Napa and Sonoma (of course), Italy, Croatia, and any place where I can lay on a lounge chair where it is over 80 degrees and sunny!

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I love the photo of the bike! It is charmng!

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    these photos are beautiful! so vivid and fun. you would never know it was gloomy and rainy!! Happy Travel Tuesday!

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  3. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I love travel posts. These are lovely pictures, and giving me wanderlust as well!

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  4. Megan’s avatar

    Want to plan my Italy trip for me? :)

    Love all the colorful houses in that first picture.

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  5. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    Napa is on my list, too. As is Ireland, Scotland, India and San Francisco. :)

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  6. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    I never knew that Ireland was bursting with such vibrant colors! I’m currently in the Virgin Islands where it is gorgeous and booked a trip to Portugal in 6 months. These trips are definitely keeping me sane!

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  7. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Love this post! I found the bright colors abounded in lots of European cities.

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  8. Raija’s avatar

    You tube channel!? Awesome. Gotta keep my videos away from you. ;) Also your first pic is one of my favorite views of galway!

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  9. Alaina’s avatar

    I love The Quays!! Oh man, I have got to start planning a trip back there. I love your pictures!

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