Another day in for me after a bout with the bathroom after breakfast. So I am trying to put the time to some use by transferring some of the earlier blog pages to Corel ready for printing when we get home. I know that I will not catch them all up, but at least I will have started! When going back over them and adding more of our photos to the pages it amazes me just how much we have seen and learned in our 149 days on the road so far. Have been working on Barcelona and Marseille over the last two days.
Michael has gone into Galway to do a Walk. These walks are often conducted by the local Visitor Information Centres although in some areas they are commercial enterprises (Edinburgh) and include many of the local historic sites. Galway is (like many cities of its age) another walled city. The walls are not standing as much as some of those we have recently seen, but the remnants are clearly visible.
Galway is a university city, and on such a SUNNY day the bayside and city precinct is boiling with humanity. University students, tourists, work people are moving with a purpose in their step or just lounging on the grass areas soaking up the sunshine.
Galway first appeared at the mouth of the River Corrib as a fort in 1124, (built by King of Connacht, Tairrdelbach Ua Conchobair [1088-1156],) and by 1651 had developed into a garrisoned city. Regrettably, little remains of its former walls, battlements and bastions, as Galway had suffered greatly from border conflicts.
Nowadays, Galway is the third largest and fastest growing city in the Republic of Ireland, basking in its economic revival. This is due to sound economic investments and the contribution from a university economy.
However, Galway is a vibrant city offering one and all a food-fest! Yes, folks, this is my kind of town: cafes and restaurants, all proffering a variety of fare.
Wait a minute...what's this then? There's some cove.... shearing.... a.... sheep - well, I'll be buggered!
Most of the city's architecture is relatively "new", with the exception of Lynch's Castle which is medieval townhouse and now occupied by the Allied Irish Bank.
The walk took me through the city and along the bank of the River Corrib and weir, there was even a bloke fly-fishing down from the weirs' overflow!
Then it was back to the north end of Galway, and the mural on the end wall of 'Sally Longs' and the rumoured shopfront of 'Couch Patatas'!