16.05.2009 - 17.05.2009 -10 °C
We've hit our stride as a travelling party, and we're designing a travel guide by Fat Tony and the Cheap Buggers. After figuring out how to pay only one admission to recon photographs, today we devolved into taking pictures without even getting out of the car! What a change from the other day when it took us 4 hours to go 11km, stopping to get out and take pics every 200m, now the castles and panoramas are becoming a dime a dozen. How decadent! The wind and rain isn't helping our motivation to enjoy the scenery up close. The storm pursued us North this time to Galway where we stopped to see the Saturday market at the Cathedral. We are beginning to see why the Irish spend so much time in pubs and churches with this weather! So, appropriately, we went on to Doolin for an evening in the pub. This time, though we stuck to one, which was conveniently located 50m from our B&B. Supposed to be where the locals play music, but as far as we could tell, the only locals were the bartender and the musicians. We met very nice people from Switzerland, France, and a family from Philadelphia who remind me of the Fitterers.
Today we made our way around the Burren, a region of limestone outcrops and the Cliffs of Moher. We managed to get soaked through in a half an hour, hence staying in the car the rest of the day. Luckily, the landscape of Ireland lends itself to leisurely scenic drives, and we're even getting much more confident on the road. Along the way we stopped at a craft market where I bought an Irish doll, and got regaled with a 45 minute introduction/gossip session of the area and its inhabitants! And finally arriving back in Adare we saw our first Irish rainbow in a break in the storm! The village of Adare had a weekend festival on, which we mostly missed, but got out to the pub this evening and joined the merriment. There were a whole bunch of guys singing Irish songs and holding up a trophy, apparently won some soccer tournament, so were quite lively in the pub! When the music began, however, it was not Irish music, but John Denver's Country Roads and Don McLean's American Pie! At least everyone was singing along, and I got some video. We looked for someone to join us at our table, and it ended up being another American couple staying at the Manor. We were laughing about singing along to American songs on a Sunday night in a packed pub in Ireland. When else will we have this opportunity?