Galway and the Cliffs of Moher

March 26, 2007

Everyone in Ireland said to us that 'you'vw got to go to Galway' so we took their advice and made our way up there. It is a preety big University town that sits on the edge of Galway Bay.  The whole city is very picturesque and thanks to Brendan Fevola and his drunken antics is well famous in Australia.  It is an eclectic mix of the old and the new.  They have medievil castles in the centre of town surrounded by modern shopping centre, night clubs surrounded by traditional Irish pubs.  Although slightly strange, it works.
We spent very little time in the streets of Galway as we joined a tour out to see some of the sites of the County Clare and Galway.  We went to see so many things that day but the two that stuck in my head were The Burren of County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher.  
The Burren was our first stop.  How to describe the Burren.  Well it is a region of County Clare (my ancestors origin) which has a destinctive look.  Due to millions of years of climate change, various Ice ages and errosion the hils of this particular region have been left with a limestone coat.  To put it bluntly, the hills look like they have dandruff.  These lands are very interesting for archiologists as the limestone is made up of milions of years of ocean fauna.  But as for Emily and I, we had the privilage of being guided through the Burren by a local called John Conelly.
After this we boarded the bus again and visited the Cliffs of Moher which again are a magnificent sight.  The face of the cliff is 670ft straight down to the Atlantic Ocean.  They run 7km of the coast and quite honestly are an awe inspiring sight.  We were very lucky as the day that we chose to visit was perfect blue skies and next to nil clouds.  What a way to finish our stay in Ireland.

 

 

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