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Thursday, August 23 2001

Galway Bay

Galway, Ireland—Finally the weather has returned to partly cloudy with long periods of sunny skies, and our trip from Donegal to Galway today was ahead of our best estimates. We arrived in the noon hour, found and reservd our bed and breakfast for the night, and went to lunch at Lynch's. Then we hit the road again for the Cliffs of Moher, over an hour's drive south. The cliffs are Ireland's equivalent of the Grand Canyon, a spectacular, breath-taking, and fearsome natural bit of geology on the nation's west coast. Tourists flock to them in the thousands, but unlike the Giant's Causeway pictured in yesterday's entry, the cliffs don't disappoint.

Then it was back to Galway for more photos, dinner, and a relaxing evening. I was pleased to get the kind of feel for Galway I'd wanted on my one previous visit but missed. This time, the sun actually set over Cladagh (a section of the city) and the moon rose over Galway Bay, as Bing Crosby crooned in the hit song Galway Bay. It was warm enough and clear enough to enjoy both phenomena and Mike caught me doing so on the attached photo, where the opening from the river to the bay is in my background.

Incidentally...one of the great appeals to travelling in the UK and Ireland is the reasonable prices for overnight accommodations. Though things like gasoline and restaurant meals are a bit higher than we normally pay, B&Bs charge as little as £15 a night, which in Ireland comes out to about $18, and somewhere about $20 in the UK, depending on the current exchange rate. Certainly much less expensive than B&Bs and most nicer hotels in the United States, and all of them provide excellent breakfasts and most of the rooms are very comfortable. Only in London are overnight accommodations about the same as we're used to, so there we used a Youth Hostel, at which we got a room for two for $26 each per night, though the private showers and baths were in the hall rather than en suite.

Another "incidental," Lynch is an old Blacklick Valley name (specifically in Vintondale, to my knowledge, though perhaps more widely) so it's worth mentioning that it's a very historical name here in Galway. Most of the mayors of Galway through its history have been Lynches, and the name appears everywhere around town. Also incidentally, I found that the name Kennedy appears as frequently in Northern Ireland as it does here in the Republic; I've read that it is the 16th most common surname in Ireland. And a fun fact is that all the variations on the name Welsh (such as Walsh, Welch and such) constitute the sixth most common surname in...not Wales...but in Ireland!

Tomorrow, it's on to Bunratty Castle, Limerick, and Killarney, Lord Willing.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Things I wish I'd known before going out into the real world

Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Jealous love

I believe that there is nothing lovelier, deeper, more sympathetic, more rational, more manly, and more perfect than the Savior; and I say to myself with jealous love that not only is there no one else like Him, but there could be no one.

—Fedor Dostoievski

Sent by Carole Levinson Stuart

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