When we were in Ireland, we enjoyed the little breakfasts that we had at Flannery’s. We always got seated in the little area where the sun rays shone through the sheer curtains. That area was a little bit more private than the crowded, large dining room. Just moments after we were seated, a waiter brought hot coffee, fresh cream and hot toast. We had the option of getting hot food from the menu or buffet, but we always chose the cereal, rolls or yogurt. The only sort of fruit that was available was canned prunes and canned grapefruit. Luckily fruit juices were offered too!
After breakfast, we called a cab from the hotel desk lobby. Our cab arrived shortly after we called. When our cab driver discovered that we were from America, it seemed as if he felt like he was doing us a great favor by telling us about some new up and coming politician from Nevada who could hopefully whip our country back into shape. In his jolly way, he couldn’t believe that we never heard of the fellow. He also mentioned that it was funny that visitors could get lost in the small town of Galway. We didn’t mention to him that we had gotten lost a few times! Instead we just chuckled. When we told him we enjoyed seeing the Cliffs of Moher the day before, he really didn’t think it was that big of a deal, really… We guessed that when you live right next to such a grand thing, that maybe you take it for granted?
Galway City Cathedral
After we got dropped off at the Galway City Cathedral and figured out which door to enter, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful stone walls. I admired the craftsmanship of the building that was dedicated in August of 1965. We sat down in one of the pews about 15 rows back from the altar and joined about 50 other people, which was a good showing for a Wednesday. A priest from Scotland said mass, and it was a little difficult for me to understand his thick accent. The mass was so short, that by the time I began to understand the priest, it was over!
When it was time to receive communion, there was not an orderly formation to get in line like we are used to. People just went on up to the communion rail whenever they pleased, which was all at once. It all worked out fine, because there was enough to go around to all who were there. After mass, while we were getting a better look around, a group of people were saying the rosary. Their lilting voices echoed off the stone walls.
Next, we explored the area along the River Corrib:
If we found a place we liked, we just stuck with it. We went to The Cellar (again) for lunch and visited more shops where we bought trinkets and a chocolate candy bar. We took our candy to Galway Bay and hung out there for a little while and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, the day cooled off to give us a chill. We ventured back to Flannery’s.
After dinner at Frank’s Bar, we shared a delicious mixed nut, chocolate cheesecake. We were happy that there was enough to go around. We planned the next day when we would have to get back in the car and head to the cottages at Spiddal. Katie needed to pack for her trip to London, and Dad and I were going to go to Dublin to explore the city on our own. I was sad that our visit with Katie was going to be over so soon.
Our time together was going by too fast and there wasn’t enough to go around.