Comparing Galway to Limerick is like comparing night and day. Limerick is an Irish city and to go there you will mix and mingle with the people in their every day lives. It is not touristy, although there are a couple of touristy things to do. Galway, on the other hand is ALL ABOUT the tourism. It is geared to tourists! It is stereotypically Irish. It is what everybody THINKS Ireland is about. It does not disappoint!
I've now picked out the area where I want to live when I win the lottery and can afford to move here. It's in Salthill which is a small, seaside village just alongside Galway City. After arriving here early this afternoon and spending some time wandering around to get our bearings, we walked out to Salthill for this evenings performance of 'Trad on the Prom'.
Only 1 word describes Trad on the Prom...phe-nom-in-al! I've seen several of these traditional Irish shows in the past, but the way this one differed was the caliber of the performers. Many of the band and the dancers had been, or still were, associated to the big hits Lord of the Dance and Riverdance. And one woman in the band has become my new heroine. Not only does she look as good as I WANT to look in a pair of faux leather leggings, but she plays 22 instruments. We saw her playing at least 9 tonight. Incredible. When I see people like her it reminds me just how talentless I really am. But then I just tell myself 'she probably couldn't write a blog to save herself'!!!
When we headed back to Galway from Salthill we figured the city would be settling down to sleep, being Sunday night and all. We were sooooo wrong. The Latin Quarter, which is the pedestrian only area, was just hopping! Glad our hotel isn't down there!
Can't wait for tomorrow and another day to enjoy this city!