Stace's Places: Galway, Ireland
Upon arriving in the afternoon, I took a long walk around Galway to get a sense of the atmosphere. I walked through a small park / square "Eyre Square" which designated the center of the city and was inhabited by young people relaxing and enjoying a bite to eat on the unseasonably warm day.
Shopping in Galway
I wandered into one Dunnes store and ended up leaving through an exit that entered me into a shopping mall.... built out of a castle! There are castles everywhere in Ireland - kind of like temples in Thailand - but this was a pretty interesting one!
Eating in Galway
The restaurants can be a bit pricy in Galway as they cater to a lot of tourists. But our tour guide Val gave us a great idea of having fish and chips at a place called McDonagh's. If you go on the take-away (takeout) line, you can get your food, sit down and enjoy for nearly half the price of the same food if you sit on the restaurant side of the establishment! This place had so many different options for the type of fish, but I went with the fresh cod. Greasy and delicious!
Drinking in Galway
The story behind The King's Head is basically a man from Galway chopped the head of King Charles the II (ordered by Cromwell), and in return for his good deed (or bad deed, whichever way you look at it), he received a house which later became the bar appropriately called The King's Head.