Day 12: Galway

Wednesday July 23, 2008

Today we took a bus from near the campsite into the centre of Galway to have a good look around. The three of us were looking forward to the day having heard good things about Galway from a Canadian tourist we got chatting to back in Cork.

Galway is situated at the mouth of the River Corrib and was founded by Anglo-Norman settlers back in the 12th century so it’s been here for a while. It’s one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and has a large student population.

The centre was pretty busy, actually it was a bit too crowded to really enjoy the place. In Shop Street, Galway’s main thoroughfare, there were loads of street performers like balloon artists, magicians, pavement artists and buskers with crowds of tourists enjoying the spectacle. We watched an Australian performer who does a juggling act whilst balanced on a ladder. He was actually very entertaining.

We stayed most of the day, had a nice lunch and sipped a few Guinness in one of the city’s many pubs before walking back to the campsite for supper.

Fishing boats in Galway Harbour

Fishing boats in Galway Harbour

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