- Parking spaces, roads, parking garages…they’re all so tiny and unforgiving here.
- You don’t realize how gun crazy America sounds until you try explaining the gun laws and popularity to a 12 year old.
- Seafood is SO GOOD here. Actually all the food is so good here. And healthier than in the states, as far as local ingredients and such.
We left Galway after breakfast to travel to Westport, with a few planned stops along the way.
The first stop was in Clifden, where we had an early lunch of tea and some amazing seafood chowder.
From there we drove up the coast via the Sky Road and got to soak in some amazing views, even though it was starting to rain.
While we waited for John’s friend Ray and his family to meet up with us, we checked out a national park that had a little visitor’s center educating people on bogs.
Next came the Kylemore Abbey. It was raining the whole time we were there, and it was really neat seeing the water run down the mountains that were partially concealed in the clouds. The Abbey and Gothic church themselves were also a sight to behold, especially from the outside. We went inside both the Abbey and the church, and then bought chocolate handmade by the nuns.
We then drove the rest of the way to our Bed and Breakfast in Westport. It’s interesting, because Bed and Breakfasts are thought of completely differently here than in the states. Back home they’re considered a cozy, upscale destination for couples looking to get away for a few days somewhere nicer and more personal than a hotel. Here they are thought of as a step down from a hotel, and are designed more sparsely as they are used more for the practicality of sleeping, eating, and getting tips about the city all in one place. Ours is the Altamont House, named after the street it’s on, and run by a friendly lady named Mary.
We had dinner at the Coast Restaurant in the Westport Harbor hotel, and then a few drinks in the lobby while we watched the soccer match between Portugal and France.
By around midnight we were back at our B&B and sleeping like rocks.