It’s Ireland so of course, we know to expect rain. As I write this, it’s looking semi-sunny so I’m hoping to get Josh and the kids out of the house so we can take advantage while we can. But Sunday, our first full day here it was raining off and on. This was probably good because we needed a bit of a lazy day and needed to do things like find the grocery store.
We started off the day with a visit from Rita, the owner, and her daughter Claire. As I mentioned in my other post, they are just lovely. We asked her where we could find a decent grocery store that wouldn’t cost us a small fortune like the one tiny one in our town. She suggested a place in Galway, about an hours drive. You know you are in the boonies when you have to drive an hour to the grocery store.
Instead, we headed back up north on the coastal road as we had seen some decent sized stores (by decent I mean the size of my city size grocery store, we’re not talking Stop n Shop by any means) that we could get a few supplies at since we wouldn’t be eating all of our meals in the house – but we needed breakfast food and some snack food.
The roads here are not only narrow but the views from them are unspoiled. There are no McMansions where we are. There is wide open space as far as the eye can see. Houses are not set upon each other and everyone has plenty of land for their cows, horses and sheep to roam on. It’s a beauty unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
We ended up in the town of Kinvara. It’s very cute and charming. We went to the grocery store inside the gas station and stocked up on a few things. It felt very odd to be shopping in the gas station for something other than a drink and snack. Then after putting the stuff in the car we went to grab some lunch. While nothing spoiled since it was chilly out, perhaps it would have been smarter to eat first, shop after. That and as we were walking to lunch we saw a larger, more “normal” looking grocery store that we also stopped in (that one after lunch).
Since we had a great time doing some exploring near our house we offered the kids a chance to go explore the beach which was less than a 5 minute drive from us. Unfortunately within about 3 minutes of our arrival it started to rain pretty hard. So that didn’t last long but it is a beautiful sandy beach and they have a surf school. Perhaps if the weather holds out we can sign Aidan up for a class or two before we leave. Liam wants to do it but we told him he needs to learn to swim first!!
By then it was bedtime and so it was a great mellow day – perfect way to start out our vacation!! Today we are off to the Cliffs of Moher since the weather seems to be holding out, for now.