Visit the Cliffs of Moher
07.08.2016 - 07.08.2016 16 °C
Hotel - The G Hotel, Wellpark, Galway - Room 112
Couldn't get to sleep last night and felt like I didn't sleep a wink.
After a quick breakfast, we were on the bus for an early start and off we went. It's not raining yet, but it is forecast and we want to get to the Cliffs of Mohr before it rains and the fog roles in.
We are driving beside the mighty Shannon River. The Vikings sailed up the Shannon to Limmerick in 795 and stayed until 1014, when they were defeated in the Battle of Clontarf.
We joined the ferry queue and then caught the ferry across the Shannon to the west coast of Ireland. We had a good crossing and most of us stayed on the bus. Some got off and I got off for a little while to take some photos but the wind is ridiculous. It is blowing a gale.
A bit of frilovity on the bus while crossing the Shannon.
Once across the other side, we stopped for a coffee break. Meanwhile, Tom our Tour Director, admitted that one of the limericks I gave him blew out of his hand and ended up in the Shannon. What! Could I please write it out again? Oh my goodness. Just as well I had written them down as I certainly wouldn't be able to remember them.
We are trying to get to the Cliffs of Moher before the predicted rain arrives and we achieved our goal. They are quite stunning but the wind is gale force and keeps coming in waves. It is very dangerous. Some people are standing right on top of the cliffs. I certainly wouldn't be doing that.
Anyway, after taking some photos, we went into the cafe for lunch. There are millions of people in there, tying to find a spot to sit and eat their lunch. We found a table and sat with Tom and Marlee. The food was quite nice, but as usual, too much.
The guy who took this photo comes from Toowoomba and lives not very far away from my family home! It's a small world!
As we left the Cliffs of Moher, it started to rain and the wind blew and it was so tempting to stay on the bus, but we arrived at a vantage point for a photo of Galway Bay. You can't come to Ireland and ignore Galway Bay, so the "intrepids" got off and took some photos.
We are also in the land of dry rock walls and as opposed to the ones in Cornwall, these rocks are quite big.
This place is called The Burren. The whole area is limestone based and there is not much dirt on top of the limestone. Over the years, when it has rained, channels have been carved in the limestone and now exotic plants from all over the world grow there, probably they think because the limestone is warm. In Spring, many botanists can be seen rumaging around in the area, looking for all the different species. It is quite a phenonomen.
Tom read out the 22 limericks he has received. Some are funny and some are a bit average. The first round was judged by a "clap metre" and now he has five or six in the final bunch that he and Brian will judge. One of mine is in that group, but personally, I think there is a better on than mine. Anyway, the winner will be announced at dinner tonight. It has been a bit of fun.
It's raining when we arrive in Galway and we stop at the Galway Cathedral for anyone who wants to go in. Me and half the bus go in for a look. It is a lovely cathedral and for a modern cathedral (1965) it is quite old looking. It is build of Galway limestone from the Anglingham quarries in Menlo and from the Ballinasloe quarries. The floor is of Connemara sepia marble with panels of red and white marble. The pews are made of Utile mahogany from West Africa and can seat 1500 people. The ceiling is barrel vaulted in shape and is made from western red cedar from the Pacific coast of America. The stained glass windows are very unusual and lovely.
The G Hotel is a very modern hotel and was designed by a hat designer. The corridors are extremely dark but the rooms are light and airy.
A little welcome snack.
Dinner was provided by Scenic this evening in the swish dining room of the G Hotel. What a fun place this is. The corridors are so dark, you can hardly see where you are going. The lounges downstairs are hot pink and purple and orange and a swirly black and white carpet. Just gorgeous. Not sure if the style is called Retro or the French Whore's Boudoir!
We had dinner with Ed and Shelley from Perth and Marylynn and Bob from Perth and we three girls sat in a purple velvet shell! It was so much fun. In fact, we were having such a good time, I forgot to photograph the meal. So Phil had Smoked Gubben Chorizo Caesar Salad and I had Crisp Cod and Salmon Fish Cakes for entree. For main I had Baked Fillet of Salmon and Phil had pan fried Chicken Supreme and for dessert we both had Dark Chocolate and Tonka Bean Mousse. A very nice evening.
We are only staying one night here and tomorrow we will be off to Belfast and the end of our tour. We have just loved Ireland and especially our travelling companions.