What a peculiar country Ireland is. Parts of the coastline are spectacular, the centre is a bog, many of the towns are tatty but the people are so friendly and the music and pubs are unbelievable, great value in the hotels…..
But this morning, our last day, we decided to go to Galway – so-called cultural capital of the west coast. Well it doesn’t have quite the same buzz on a cold, wet morning in March as it does on a warm summers evening in July!
On the way back to the airport we decided to call into Knock, where there is a shrine to The Virgin Mary which was dedicated by Pope John Paul. I have to say they have not “done it well” here – the surrounding area is very tacky with stores selling cheap and nasty religious products – actually I felt it was a travesty of what it could and should be.
Then we made the cardinal mistake of going into the only “restaurant” open and was fleeced for 12 euros for an undrinkable coffee and a vile sandwich. The waitress said “we have ham and we have cheese, or we could do ham AND cheese”!! It was truly THE most disgusting food to have passed my lips in a long time – processed ham, processed cheese…..dreadful but, hey, it is the start of lent!!
I really cannot recommend Knock.
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A rather good busker in Galway this morning – 8th March 2011