Galway is just as everyone describes it. A city centre filled with music, street performers, pubs, and amazing food. There are no cars on the streets, just people walking everywhere. It seemed like everyone was smiling. I stopped and listened to a group of street musicians performing traditional Irish music. There must have been at least twelve people in the group playing completely different instruments like the drums, fiddle, saxophone, and a harmonica. The energy that this group had was incredible. They played their instruments like their lives depended on it and it sounded amazing. I have never seen anything like it.
If you’re looking for a place to sit down and relax with a pint there is no shortage of places to go. The best part is because everything is so close together you can bounce from bar to bar and have a new environment with every drink. Most bars have live music later in the evenings. If you’re trying to find traditional Irish music make sure to ask if that’s what is playing, many places have bands that play American music. However, if you look and ask you will find traditional Irish music to enjoy with a Guinness.
During the day time in Galway there are many different shops and little cafes to poke your head into. It’s very hard not to buy everything in some of stores, the products made right in Ireland are so unique and creative you’re going to want to bring them all home. I bought myself a silver ring with a Celtic knot detail and I haven’t taken it off since.
While Galway is an amazing place to see, the real highlight of my time in western Ireland was the Cliffs of Moher. I’m sure that everything you have seen about the Cliffs of Moher says that they are an unbelievable site and will take your breath away with their magnitude and beauty and I’m going to tell you the exact same thing. Words cannot describe this natural wonder. Standing at the top of the cliffs with no barrier separating me from the edge I saw why people are obsessed with the view and why the Cliffs are in so many photographs of Ireland. Pictures do not do it justice. You need to see the Atlantic Ocean crashing on the rocks, the birds flying everywhere in the curves of the Cliffs, and you need to see the people on the other side looking like ants to understand why if you come to Ireland this is the one thing you must do.
People who have been here will tell you the same thing. You may roll your eyes because you’ve heard it all before, but you’re hearing it because it is the truth. The walk along the edge is thrilling and peaceful at the same time. If you want that experience, to see the overwhelming beauty of the Cliffs of Moher and to dance along to the music in the streets of Galway then head to western Ireland. City Break Apartments offers private day tours and coach day tours to these location. Through these tours you will learn about the areas history and see the highly talked about locations of Ireland.
By Madison Doerr