Saturday, May 21, 2011

the republic of ireland...

Hi all!  As promised here are some of my favorite shots from our trip...

The above photographs are from Galway City.   I loved it there, and despite the near coma we were in due to jet lag, had a lot of fun walking around!   Just to view the buildings, footpaths, stores, people... is just something you don't get in America.  Obviously this being my first time to Europe I noticed more than anything, the differences between there and the US.  I couldn't help it...  It's just scenery we don't have at home.

The above shots were takin in Doolin, on our walk up to hike the Cliffs of Moher.    I LOVED DOOLIN!  It was, what I'd call, your typical small Irish town.  It was just so quiet, peaceful, the people were so friendly!  Of course, they get a lot of tourists.     We stayed in Hostels the entire trip; at first, I was really nervous at this idea.  Dorm like rooms with multiple beds and the potential for really strange people.  However, I only had 1 bad experience and it was mostly targeted around the bathroom facilities...  The shower at the Derry Hostel was TERRIBLE.  I'm happy to say that we were lucky to have excellent accomodations.  

The above shots are from the Cliffs.  It was absolutely breathtaking!  We took the footpath just beyond the sign that states "Stop! Falling Rocks and Steep Cliffs".  OK - so, I'm not positive that that's exactly what it says, but, it's pretty close to that.  And justly so!  We came awfully close to the quickly eroding cliff.   Incredible.  What a fulfilling feeling to make it to the visitor's center.   We did catch a bit of rain on the way, luckily we brought our rain gear.  It was raining so hard for a few minutes that we crouched down behind a large rock!    We laughed for a while after that... haha.

I had such a great time on those first two, three days!  

enjoy the photos

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