After the high of marathon day, we set out from Dublin the following morning for the West Coast. I'm sure it was a beautiful ride through the countryside. I choose to sleep instead.
I awoke at our first stop, the National Stud Farm, in Kildare. Irish horse racing is a huge deal and the stud farm makes it so that more people have a fair shot at getting winning stallions to breed their mares. So that's kind of neat.
The farm itself was beautiful. I couldn't stop taking photos.
|This little gal was showing off like no other.|
|This is Malteaser. He tried to eat my scarf. Literally. I needed help to get it back.|
|Saint Francis watching over the animals.|
|This high cross is fake. The real guy is kept inside.|
|The beautiful River Shannon.|
When we finally made it to Galway, I had enough energy to ... do absolutely nothing before we had our welcome dinner. On the busride over, my family (myself included when I wasn't sleeping) really got to know these two goofballs from Pittsburg: Bob and Joe. They are hilarious and we had a great time sitting with them at dinner. My sister won a bet with them on what the second James Bond movie was. As if anyone could beat my siblings at James Bond trivia. Pah!
Our second day in Galway brought us a mini tour of the city, which was absolutely lovely. I knew that if I had studied there instead of Dublin, I would have enjoyed myself wayyyy to much - it's truly a college town. It's also insanely beautiful, because, duh, it's in Ireland.
Our excursion for the day was to be to Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful house some rich guy had built for his wife, but then she died at a young age and he was so devastated he sold it and it was a girls' boarding school for a long time. It, like everything else, was amazing.
|Detail of one of the many amazing fireplaces.|
|Church on site.|
|Conemarra marble inside the church.|
The next morning, we headed south to the Cliffs of Moher. The only way to describe these is one simple word: awesome. I couldn't believe how windy it was! I took a video, which I'll have to remember to upload to my YouTube channel, for those of you who are asking "just how windy was it??"
|My brother & Momma at the Cliffs of Moher|
|Trying to capture the frothiness of the waves|
|The classic Cliffs of Moher shot|
|This guy was amazing!|
|A cup of mead|
It was a wonderful trip, though. I couldn't have asked for a better bundle of stories to tell surrounding my first ... errr ... my one and only marathon :)