Once I realized I had yet to post about Galway, Ireland, I was shocked at myself! I almost used a photograph from Galway for my “Bridges in Fish-eye” week at the beginning of March, but I had too many photos and excluded it.
There have only been a few places that I’ve been where I pretty much immediately wanted to drop everything and move there. London (England) and Portland (Oregon) were the two main ones, until I laid eyes on Galway, Ireland. It’s almost as if I have a favourite cities according to the population, as London is roughly 7.8 million (2010), Portland is over half a million (2010), and Galway is around 76,000 (2011). In the case of Galway, pretty much as soon as I arrived, I was warned I would want to stay. As far as I can remember, I don’t think I met a single person who was born in Galway. I met people from Dublin, Northern Ireland, other parts of The Republic of Ireland, England, USA, Canada… All over the place! Galway is the ultimate melting pot, but from what I gathered, arts seemed to have something to do with it!
As with other parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland that I visited, street art is very common. Many stores and restaurants had grand murals on the side of their buildings. Galway is also known for is festivals. From film, to music, to oysters, and art, there’s something for everyone, depending on the time of year.
Another west coast city, I think it’s the draw of the west for me, no matter the continent! Walking from where I was staying (with some of the nicest people I have ever met in my life!), I chose to take the promenade into two to walk along to ocean. Not quite a sandy beach, but somehow the jagged rocks seemed to contrast the water and the sky beautifully.
As with most places I go, I ended up finding some live music in a pub in Galway. Traditional Celtic as can be, the musicians sat in a circle at their own table, Guinness in front of them, wailing away with more passion than you dare expect in a pub. A few patrons here and there were standing and watching them, myself included. With an Irish cider in hand, I snapped a few photos, but in all honestly, the pictures were far from my focus. Here’s a picture of their table, although you can barely see how many were actually playing! I would guess anywhere from 8-12 people, depending on the song. Until tomorrow!
Live music in Galway, in a pub called Taaffes in August of 2011.
My new format with voting is to stick it on the bottom of posts for the last 7 days of the month. If you haven’t already voted, please do so!
What would you like to see as a theme for the photographs posted in the first week of May? This month’s options are:
– Aboard Transportation
– Bodies of Water
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