Karen Arrives in Ireland
Time does pass slowly when you are all excited about coming to Ireland, and eventhough Karen has been here, and touring with me, last year and the year before, the excitement was still almost more than she could handle. Karen has a passion for this country and a spiritual connection with all that is Irish. She loves everything about it. She has a great interest in its history, its culture, its music, the poetry and literature and, of course, the beauty of our Emerald Isle.
The first couple of days, Karen spent in Dublin exploring this historic city, and then, made her way to Galway in the West where we began our tour of rural Ireland. The Western seaboard is my favourite part of this country, as i have a great love for the wild and rugged landscapes, the mountains and glacial lakes, the bogs and the offshore islands, the birds and the free roaming animals. Then the many small towns, the great food in the many different types of restaurants, great seafood, wonderful steaks and delicious lamb, chicken and pork and bacon and the home grown vegetables. Where would we be without the pubs with the traditional Irish music, and most of all, the friendly people. Rural Ireland still has managed to hold onto that. In so many places today people think that you are up to something if you make an unsolicited approach. Is there something wrong with saying "Hello"? Not here in the West of Ireland, thank God.
Karen outside her homely B&B in Salthill Galway.
Salthill is the seaside resort area of Galway city and is situated on the shores of Galway Bay. Here you see Karen on the promenade with the Clare hills in the background.
The main street in Salthill where i spent many happy days in my youth myself.
Follow along as we head for Mayo tomorrow.