The next day started like every day in Ireland (at least for me) – with a pot of tea!
Yep, that’s real sugar I’m using too.
After a full day of exploring, we were off on a guided bike tour of Galway with the lovely John Kennedy. It was a small, friendly group of riders and we had a great time chatting about Irish history, Galway sites, books, movies, and travel.
If you get to travel, be sure to hire the local guides for walking or biking tours. Not only do you get some exercise and history, but you get to connect and share stories. It’s really the best way to dispel myths and understand that people are really just great everywhere.
The group said no one would believe me if I posted photos of Galway’s sunshine so I’m posting all of them. It was a lovely day of sunshine and sightseeing.
There is Galway bay:
We saw the National University of Ireland, the quad of which is lovely.
Our bikes – thank goodness they were decent and reliable.
About an hour and a half into the tour, we had the option for a break and a snack. Our guide took us to a nursery and I teased him that we weren’t about to do any free landscaping for him. Turns out, the nursery has the most amazing cafe in the back, overlooking all the flowers and trees for sale!
What a pretty view!
A lovely spot for tea.
Back on the bikes and onto the trail.
We biked to this overgrown mansion which used to be a family’s getaway house until it burned.
This was my favorite stretch of the bike tour. Gliding along the river was a dream, so refreshing. Then, back into town where you can see the multiple canals channeling the water through town.
Later that afternoon before we found dinner, we had to do laundry.
Now, normally laundry isn’t blog-worthy material but hear me out. The laundry facilities are OUTSIDE. In the rain. In parking lots.
More to come …