Last weekend, I took a trip to Ireland! My boyfriend and I visited Galway, Dublin, and the Cliffs of Moher. Below are a few of my favorite pictures from the streets of Galway, Ireland. I was so surprised upon arriving here.
I was really taken by the effortless beauty of Galway. I didn’t know what to expect coming here, but I left with a deep feeling of contentness. The streets and vibe of the whole city was so lovely… and so authentic Irish.
Colorful buildings, Christmas decorations, dimly lit pubs, and old cobblestock streets are just the start.
Here is a picture of Galway’s pretty downtown. I like how the girl in the red jacket looks here because she really stands out amongst the people dressed in black clothes. It’s good to be different 😉
I felt the whole vibe of Galway was that everyone was there to have a good time. Whether they were walking around, getting drunk in an old Irish pub, or shopping for a Claddagh ring, they you were doing was giving you satisfaction. The people seemed very happy to be in this cute town.
I especially found this street above to stand out. It was very sweet to see the different colored buildings, cobblestone streets, and festive christmas lights set up. There is so much character in this little city that I didn’t know before existed.
Something I realized is that the spontaneous experience of not researching a city before visiting can make the visit even more entertaining. It made everything feel so new and exciting! It was fun just to wander and stroll along the pretty streets.
I had always gone to Irish pubs in America or London, but none were like the ones I saw in Galway. There was just this sense of not having to try. The tradition and appeal of the Irish culture was effortless because it is just engrained in the pubs and people. The pubs weren’t trying to show off and be super cool and trendy, they were just there for people to spend quality time with their friends and family.
Last but not least, my boyfriend and I stopped at The Quay Street kitchen for a late lunch. It was absolutely fantastic. I ordered the carrot-chilli soup with a side of summer vegetables. There was also pumpkin in there which I loved! All the food tasted so fresh and the cabernet sauvignon I ordered was definitely a nice pairing. I can’t say enough about how much I loved the food. It was also probably the best meal I had in Ireland. Yum 🙂
I hope you enjoyed these few pictures of Galway and hearing about my experience. Galway is the perfect half-day trip, and definitely a convenient stop if you’re going to the Cliffs of Moher (which I’ll post about soon!). I only had positive experiences in Galway and would encourage travellers to branch out from Dublin and see more of the countryside and other cities as well 🙂