Road Trip Ireland – Day 3-4: Galway & Belfast

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Cathedrals Quarter – Belfast

Day 3 went by quickly. It was pouring rain all day so we decided to postpone our trip to the cliffs of Moher and visit Galway instead. Galway can easily be explored by foot. It has a lovely pedestrian area, called Shop Street. Because of the rain we spent more time in shops than on the streets, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Therefore I really have to introduce my lovely Irish sheep I bought in a shop called yes flowers. Its hand carved and made from wool and wood and the perfect keepsake of this trip. It’s not just some random souvenir you will store in some dusty boxes and throw away eventually, but something unique you will keep your whole life. Plus it works perfectly as Easter decoration:

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At night we drove back to Dublin to wait for some nicer weather. An involuntary “rain break” is very likely to happen. It might not be too cautious to plan in some extra days, just in case it starts to rain and just won´t stop – happens.

Two days later, still not perfectly sunny but at least constant raining stopped and we headed north to visit Belfast.

We stayed at the Travelodge Hotel because it has reasonable prices and is directly in the city centre. From there it’s a nice walk to City Hall, St. Anne’s Cathedral and Albert’s Tower. The heart of Cathedral Quarter surprises with cobbled streets, cosy pubs and really cool street art in the backyards. Street art and graffiti is quite a thing in Ireland. Most of the murals originated from a time of political change in the Northern Ireland conflict. The next day we learned even more about Belfasts murals – read here.

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