I'm finally, finally posting my images from Ireland. It took me a little while to pick out the ones I wanted to use and decide how to share them with you all. I'm having serious wanderlust going through all the photos right now and wishing I was back oversees with family on holiday.
While this trip was definitely a vacation, my immediate family went over and spent most of our time in Ballinasloe (about an hour East of Galway) to visit my moms side of the family. The last time I saw anyone was about 20 years ago when a few visited the states... so, when I was 3 years old! It was really crazy to meet many of the cousins for the first time. Everyone was so kind, hospitable and always wanted to make sure we were satisfied. It's funny how quickly we all connected after just being together for a couple hours! While this trip did not include a ton of tourist attractions, we did get to do quite a few things, so I've put together a little guide on what to do if you have 48 hours in Galway.
Drive Around Town: How cute is this stud? Our cousins had four cows in their backyard. It was pretty fun to get to go see them just hanging out. This might sound silly to say, but my sister and I loved all of the sheep! We're so used to having minimal farm land, so it was fun to drive through the towns and see all of the bright green land filled with sheep and cattle.
Can you tell we're sisters? ;)
Shopping: You can't go to Galway without doing a little shopping! My sister and I loved this cute little boutique called Willow. How lovely is the dressing room? Our cousin also got us hooked on other amazing stores like Penneys/Primark (like Forever 21.. but cheaper!), Brown Thomas, Warehouse, Oasis (I'm obsessed!) and more.
Griffin's Bakery: This bakery is tucked off to the side on Church Yard Street. In the spring and summer, they have a couple seats right outside the bakery to grab a bite to eat and do some people watching. My sister and I ate upstairs in a quaint little area and order our lunch. Even the view out the little window upstairs was great for seeing the streets from above.
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop: It's not secret in my family that I'm not one to frequently pick up a good book. But, I tagged along with my sister as she stopped in to this cute little shop filled with thousands of books for all interests. It's a great place to pop into especially if it's a rainy day.
This rain jacket was my uniform for the trip. I loved that it has a hood, covers my booty and is semi-fitted with the belt strap. Make sure to check out Charles River Apparel if you're heading to rainy Ireland soon! Shop the entire look here:
Park House: A long day of shopping obviously requires food! On our second trip into Galway city with my whole family, we stopped at Park House to have a nice lunch and of course, cup of tea with rhubarb crumble. This is a gorgeous 4-star hotel right near the square. If you don't have a lot of time to sit for lunch, I definitely suggest a least enjoying a cup of tea here.
The Long Walk: We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to explore Galway City. The one thing that stood out to me most, were the amazing store fronts, colorful houses/doors and gorgeous green spaces. My sister and I strolled along The Long Walk to take a little break and enjoy the view. Oof, take.me.back!
Cliffs of Moher: Even though we were in Ireland for a short time, #1 on our list of things to see was the Cliffs of Moher. God was on our side that day because it was absolutely beautiful! It was truly such a gorgeous sight to see. We walked out to the first cliff, but as you can see the trail went on and on. This was definitely a highlight of the trip.
Gus O'Connor's Pub: On our way back from the Cliffs, we made a quick pit stop at a local pub before heading to dinner. Our extended family went with us and told us this would be the best Guinness we would have all trip - boy were they right, it was quite delicious!
Lahinch: After grabbing a drink, we also stopped at Lahinch, a small town on Liscannor Bay. It's known to be an attractive spot for surfers and popular during the summer months. It was very breezy and chilly when we visited, but even then, we saw a surfer hitting the waves.
Have you been to Galway or think you might plan a trip there soon? I can't wait to share more photos from my trip including our day at Ashford Castle and in Dublin. Stay tuned for more!