We drove out west towards Galway today and found ourselves on a hop on hop off bus tour around the city, walked through Eyre Square, down Shop Street and stopped into Dillon’s Jewellers on Quay Street which houses a very small museum in the back dedicated to the Claddagh ring’s history. We even saw the world smallest Claddagh ring which is only visible under magnifying glass. At the very end of the street was a small tea shop that we had spotted while on the bus and decided to stop in for tea and scones. The kids had rainforest tea (hibiscus and fruit tea) while Elliot Chris and I enjoyed the Galway Cream tea. We shared scones with jam and clotted cream and enjoyed the tea shop that was decorated with an eclectic selection of tea sets and antiques tables and chairs.
Back in the car, we headed west to Spideal (Spiddal) were we visited the local craft shops and explored the rocks and sand on Silver Strand Beach. Kyra and Gavin took their shoes off and walked ankle deep in the water. We were careful though as the beach was spotted with jelly fish stranded on the sand.
Back in Athlone, another restaurant we wanted to try was closed for a function. Hungry, tired and arms easily twisted, we returned to Thyme, which was only a few steps away, for another delicious meal.