Our next stop was to pick up the rental car. We were given a 4 door Nissan hatchback with a few dents and dings. The agent suggested if we were going to add any dents to make sure they are in the same pace as the existing ones! After we sorted out which side was the driver's side and which side I was on, we did a circle around the parking lot and then headed out...only to end up back where we started! Doug was now getting a hang of shifting with his left hand instead of his right and driving on the wrong side of the road and I had our trusty "Greta the Garmin" programmed and off we headed to Galway. Poor Greta was not very helpful and we finally gave up on her and figured out the signage until we could get on the right toll highway.
|And we are off!!!|
We were about a 10 minute walk from the city centre which is filled with restaurants and pubs, shops and lots of pedestrian streets. As we crossed the bridge over the River Corrib, we saw our first Irish rainbow. The Spanish Arch was nearby and we stopped for some photos. The Spanish Arch was an extension of the old city wall and was constructed in 1584. We stopped at King's Head Pub and ate our first meal of fish and chips, washed down with a pint of Smithwicks. We checked out a few pubs that offered traditional music and decided to stop at Tig Coili Pub. We found a couple of bar stools in the tiny and crowded pub, ordered another pint and listened to a group of four musicians. What a great way to end our first day in Ireland.
|Looking for the pot of gold...I think we found it in Ireland!!|
|Trad music at the pub|