Galway

Beef and Guinness stew in Galway

This stew I got in the pub called “The front door” in Galway city center. The serving is not usual, since the potato mash was placed separately. Also it was the first stew I had that was served with a piece of pastry on top. It wasn’t that thick as the one from Aran islands, but still very tasty and even could be considered a light meal… Or not!

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Galway Cathedral

This Cathedral is actually named The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas (Ard-Eaglais Mhaighdean na Deastógála agus Naomh Nioclás). I must admit, it’s one of the most beautiful (and one of the biggest) cathedrals I’ve ever seen. The windows are very narrow, but there are a lot of them, and the pictures on the glass illustrate some parts of the Bible. There is a metal board on the wall explaining which window means what, for example, there are windows illustrating 6 days of creation.

They don’t use electric candles there, but common paraffin candles. They don’t have a smell at all, not like candles in the Russian churches anyway. But it’s still nice to see real candles. Each box with the candles has a space for coins, you drop money there and pick a candle from the basket.

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Galway, 2011

Galway is a very interesting city. Its far more touristic than Cork, you can see tourist agencies and advertisements for Cliffs of Moher and Aran islands tours everywhere. Maybe it’s because Galway is located pretty much in the middle of the country and it’s an easy start point for exploring Ireland.

But due to the tourist interest sometimes it seems like the city center is only stylized to be all Celtic and Irish. A lot of buildings are made or rough stone decorated with brightly colored signboards with Gaelic letters and it’s not easy to see if it’s an actually old building or just a mask for the tourists. Who must love it )

There are 2-3 main streets in Galway, and they are full with pubs and restaurants – literally in every building there is a place to eat or drink. In the evening the streets are full with people, there are musicians playing different instruments, and the streets are full with the holiday atmosphere.

It’s far more interesting to go outside of the center and to walk along the residential areas, to visit the Galway cathedral and to walk along the small river. Which we did this time we were there. I will post more pictures later )

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Yankee Candle shop in Galway

I can’t help it – I love Yankee candle shops. it’s a company that sells all kinds of candles – small or in glass jars, candle accessories, car and home fragrances. What I like about them – their candles smell naturally, nothing chemical and they don’t stop on usual fragrances of fruits and trees, they made a lot of “mood” fragrances like a smell of a summer day, ocean walk, sea breeze. And more – they have unusual fragrances like a smell of clean cotton, fresh towels and so on. I just love it, they had a shop in Cork, but closed it after some time. In the Galway shop they allowed me to take pictures, so I could share my joy with you ( though my hands were a bit shaking hehe )

When writing this post I found out, that they have an internet shop (http://www.yankee.ie/). It’s nice, but nothing compares to the actual process of choosing new candles in he store…

They sell very interesting candles accessories like ceramic “hats” for the glass jars or small ceramic birds, that you can place on the glass jar while the candle is on.

One of the stands in the shop – they had much much more than this)

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Galway vacations

Because of the hurricane Katia we had to stay in Galway for one more day, all the Mondays ferries were canceled. But now were are on the way to Aran islands at last. I am sitting in the Victoria hotel lobby while waiting for the bus to the ferry port. So excited)

Vacation mood

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