How To Keep Your Sanity In Galway.

Five days in Galway and we have had torrential rain broken only by intermittant drizzle and spiced up by gale force winds.

image

We frog-marched the family up the promenade last night only to watch Teenage Daughter’s ice-cream get blown off her cone. That’s a first. We’ve been to the museum (‘it’s alright’), the aquarium (‘it’s very good’) and the swimming pool (twice). We’ve read A LOT of books and even had a draughts (checkers) championship.

image

Guess who won.
Ice-cream malfunction aside, food (and Charlie Byrne’s) has been our greatest consolation. The streets of Galway are lined, cheek by jowl, with purveyors of fine food.
Sheridans is cheesie heaven. They offer a three tier cheese wedding cake for which I would consider a second marriage.
image

I happened across Griffin’s Conger sourdough on our first day and we haven’t looked back.
image

I guess the loaf is about the size of a conger eel and the staff cut off a piece to suit you. Genius.

image

The outright winner has been Dough Bros Pizza. These guys have a wood-fired oven at the back of a small, pretty basic shop.

image

The furnishings seem to be a mix of upcycled, recycled and borrowed from their Granny’s dining room. The pizzas, served on brown bags, were smoky, charred, proper and utterly scrumptious.

image

image

image

There was only one option for dessert; a Double Decker chocolate bar wrapped in dough and baked in the oven. Who could resist? Oh my, this was twice as good as it looks.

image

Salty, chewy dough around stretchy nougat, crispy bits and melty chocolate.
I haven’t seen my family so happy since the day the puppy arrived.

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop

An act of imagination and generosity by one smart woman  has landed us in Galway for a week. We are staying in Claddagh, the very heart of the city, and are a stone’s throw from the beach. Even better, we are a ten minute walk from Charlie Byrne’s bookshop. This is, officially, the best bookshop in Ireland.

image

image

It’s higgledy piggledy, ramshackledy gorgeous.

image

image

Just look at that chair!

image

image

There’s a sorting hat in the children’s section; I’m Hufflepuff, Husband is Gryffindor. They sell chocolate frogs (Freddo bars) and have a special deal on invisibility cloaks.

image

This is today’s haul.
The weather is just awful; I don’t need any excuse to get back in to bed and start reading. You may not hear from me again for a while……