Adventures in Ireland, Part 3 – Galway and Kylemore Abbey

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Greetings! Writing all these blogs about our weeklong road trip has made me realize just how much we saw. I think I may need to take a nap…

After Doolin, we headed to Galway for the weekend. The weather finally caught up to us and it was rainy for most of the time. I really liked Galway a lot, it seems like a younger town than Dublin (in terms of the people out and about).

In 24 hours, I met three different groups of people from Wisconsin. Three sisters at the bed and breakfast that morning from Green Bay (we talked about how beautiful Ireland is and that Aaron Rodgers is awesome). Then in Galway, I found out that the Brewers were in the playoffs from a guy from Madison, who also gave Chris and I one of our favorite lines from the trip: “They have homefield advantage. Do you know what that is?” He was serious, he said it to me like I’m a three-year-old who doesn’t speak English. I said, “Yes, I am aware of that term.” (That’s the edited version of what I really said.) [Our other favorite line from the trip was, “That looks old.” I said that A LOT.] Then I saw a guy with a Brewers hat on in Galway and I went up to him. I do that a lot. If you are not in Wisconsin and are wearing a Wisconsin team t-shirt, hat, etc. I most likely will go up to you. I went into overdrive last year when I went to a Packer game with my sister, there were so many people in Packer gear (obviously) and I wanted to run around asking “where are you from?” I do this because a) it’s nice to talk to people from home and b) for the most part, we Wisconsin folk are nice people.

Anyways, I didn’t take many pictures in Galway. Chris and I did head to Salthill, a beach town just outside of Galway and walked around.

After our weekend in Galway, we needed to head back to Dublin. We drove around Connemara and went to Kylemore Abbey.

This was built in the 1800s by a couple who honeymooned in Connemara and fell in love with the area. So they bought some land and built a house and vast garden.

Yep. Must be nice. After a few owners, the property is now owned by a community of nuns (hence why it is now called Kylemore Abbey). The property also has a mini Gothic church that was built in honor of the original owner’s wife.

I don’t think I ever used the word “adorable” to describe a church before… I really loved this place. It was peaceful, gorgeous… a girl could see herself living in a place like this.

Of course, the only people living here are nuns, and well, that ain’t happening.

We headed back to Dublin where I need to get some work done and Chris needed to head back to the states. I realize that I haven’t written about Dublin at all and will rectify that next.

XOXO, Elizabeth

 

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