Ireland, Day 3: East to West

GALWAY, Ireland -  Everybody's on Irish time now, can't believe when we're sleeping and checking our clocks at 4:00 am, the 10:00 news is just coming on!  We're in the west coast city of Galway, a big college town with tons of pubs and Irish music.  Galway means 'gateway to the foreigners' that the Brits were trying to keep out centuries ago.  We're right on the water, and near the big city square in the middle of town.

Our journey takes us into the Conemarra Peninsula today, to a crystal cutting factory and a lot of the beautiful scenery between the River Corrib and the sea.  The ancient Kylemore Abbey is also one of our stops.  The castle is now owned by Benedictine nuns, still a precious gem along the quiet waters of Kylemore Lake.  We are also meeting some very nice folks from North Carolina who are part of our tour group.  We'll be in touch soon!    Ralph O'Hipp

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