|We continue to travel up the west coast of Ireland on narrow country roads that go through small fishing villages. What surprised us is the large, beautiful sandy beaches that are in some of the coves. They would be great for sunning yourself if it wasn't so chilly. While we are dressed for winter the locals are enjoying the beach and swimming in the ocean. The roads are scary! They are very narrow and people drive very fast. Plus, there are lots of huge tour buses. When they pass going the other way I just close my eyes.
One very popular spot is the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are about 700 feet high and plunge straight down into a turbulent ocean. We walked on the top of the cliffs for about 5 miles. It was a beautiful day, warm, not too windy, and sunny. This kind of weather is rather rare on the west Irish coast.
We are now in Galway. It is a fairly large city of about 50,000 with lots going on. There is an old town area known as the Latin Quarter. There is a large pedestrian area with shops, cafes, pubs, street musicians and lots of people. Pedestrian-only shopping area are very popular in Europe and are always very busy. I don't know why pedestrian-only shopping areas have not caught on in the USA.
John F Kennedy is very popular in Ireland. His portrait hangs in many of the pubs and there is a statute in the local park. He visited Galway 50 years ago which is mentioned in all the tourist information noting the places he visited. The Irish people are very proud of the Kennedy family.