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We started the 2nd day of our trip leaving Dublin early in the morning to drive across the country to Galway. I was surprised how small the country is because it only took us 2.5-3hrs to arrive at a bed and breakfast in Galway. Ireland has many bed and breakfast places located all over and Galway was no exception. We found a cute little B&B, the Asgard House, which was only a few minutes walk from the downtown area. The owner of the B&B, Mary, was very friendly and gave us recommendations for places to see, eat, and ideas to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Since we arrived in the morning, we had much of the day to explore Galway.

Galway is not very large and we were able to walk and see beautiful buildings along the water.

IMG_2497IMG_2490We walked along Claddagh, the area well-known for the Claddagh rings, and found an old cathedral.

claddaghgalway 1Eventually we ended the night, and the year in fact since it was New Year’s Eve, at a local pub called The Quays (pronounced “keys” as I was informed). I tried the Smithwicks beer which I surprisingly enjoyed. I’m not usually a big fan of Irish red ales and do not find the Smithwicks in the US that appealing, but the beer really does taste different over there!

galway 2 the quaysIt ended up being a really lovely day for day 2 of our trip. Actually, we were very lucky in that most of the trip consisted of good weather with warm days and little to no rain, not the norm for winter in Ireland! After bringing in the new year, we went back to the B&B to rest up for our the next day of travels.

Next up: Cork and Blarney