How Aviasales Winner Travels to Ireland
We held a joint competition with Amediateka on the theme of the famous series Game of Thrones. As you know, the main prize is a trip for two to the places in the filming of the series. The winner was Elizabeth Camos, who, with her mother, went to Ireland. And here we pass the word to Lisa’s mother – Tatyana.
Let the kids watch TV shows! Let them buy London tickets on their own! Let them do both on the Internet and again on their own! And then one fine October day you will find yourself in the autumn of Dublin, playing with all shades of green and red. It was cool when my daughter Elizabeth, a 10th-grade student in an ordinary Moscow school, won a trip from Aviasales. Because I have seen enough of the series “Game of Thrones” and because I won a contest on this site. It was so cool that she did not believe herself. And I – especially! I immediately recalled the “parental responsibility” and made a couple of happy daughters. Thanks to Anastasia Olkhovskaya for the fact that she endured our whims of the hotel for a long time and as a result were very pleased.
It seems that we visited Dublin everywhere – from the flea market in the Arcades to the Royal Palace. For a long time, we walked for a long time. We drank countless coffee and smoothies, tasted ale and porter (in our opinion, the differences are minimal, but we are not experts – we just paid tribute to the main drink of the country). And we also made a wonderful trip to the cliffs of Moher. Although the chicest was still tour “Game of Thrones.” We were dressed up there in medieval cloth cloaks and spent in various places of filming. We were dominated by the handsome Eric, who himself starred in the role of one of the Wild, in one of the pictures he is – with a beard and mane of luxurious hair. He doesn’t shave or cut for the same cinematic reason, because he went through the casting and is now starring in the TV series “Vikings”. Even on the bus on the way to the Tellurme National Park, where the films were filmed, we again played a short contest: we had to answer questions about the characters and plots of the Game of Thrones in writing. Neither my knowledge of all these Starks and Tyrion’s nor even my English left even a simple hope for a shameful last place in this draw. But Elizabeth, the shy, clever, and treacherous daughter of mine, filled everything for two. The reward for the winner, as it turned out, was … the initiation ceremony in the Kings of the North. Well, or the Queen. Won, of course … me! Therefore, on the ruins of an ancient abbey (12th century), they handed me a heavy sword (12 kg) and, standing on one knee, everyone should, as in the film, shout: “Be our Queen of the North!” To which I, too, carried some nonsense about “Oh, May Lovely People.” Liza later even envied me, and she still envies me because she calls me “the bus queen”. And I liked it. And every one, too.
A bit about Dublin
In Dublin, they cross the road when they want, and not at the sign of the traffic light. They eat a lot of delicious meat and drink an incredible amount of Guinness. Crowds of students at universities and singing drunken songs at night. The people there are friendly, and the seagulls allow themselves to be photographed almost in an embrace. Go to Dublin, to Ireland – right, these will be wonderful days.
Galway Ireland is proudly the most “Irish” city in Ireland sitting on Ireland’s peaceful West Coast and surrounded by rolling green countryside, with the feel of a welcoming village filled with traditional delights. Many of the homes and pubs are painted in bright and pastel colors, which line the way to beautiful Galway Bay, which provides some of the best oysters in the world (and often served in the local pubs and restaurants). Galway is a proud home of local art and artists, with festivals celebrating aspects of local and national art and performance nearly every week in the summer months. You can’t turn a corner without hearing traditional folk music, catching street performers, or stumbling on a shop selling local crafts. Galway is the perfect destination for those wanting the authentic Irish experience.
Beaches and Galway Bay
Galway is lined with world-class beaches, popular in the summer months. The water is clean, and lifeguards man the beaches til late for safer swimming conditions. Watersports are also very popular on Galway’s coast, including windsurfing, diving, and surfing. For those just looking to relax, the beaches around Galway are clean and perfect for a spot of suntanning or dipping your nose in a book. In the winter months, the beaches are still great for a bracing stroll and looking over the bay.
Galway City Museum
This modern museum began in 2006 and sees a stream of visitors who have seen Galway and want to know more about its history. Starting with a small collection of fossils recovered from the bay, the museum has now become a great collection of folk costumes, weaponry, textiles, and traditional art from Galway and the surrounding area. The museum is often in a great location next door to the famous Spanish Arch and makes a great stop on a walking tour of Galway.
Things To Do on Galway Ireland
Walk Through Salthill
Salthill is a popular area for visitors in Galway, with an attractive seaside promenade leading to Salthill beach that makes a brilliant walk. The area is also dotted with welcoming pubs serving local brews (and Guinness, of course), hearty grub, and open fires. Salthill is also home to Blackrock Diving Tower, where more daring visitors can jump into the freezing ocean!
A Taste of Ireland
Galway is a great place to try some traditional Irish dishes and is home to plenty of Irish restaurants and pubs selling hearty fare. The robust cuisine can be found in many forms here, but the most famous Galway dish is the seafood fayre, particularly the oysters from the bay.
Sheridan’s Cheesemongers is a brilliant deli selling local cheese and other delights alongside a range of wines that will pair with your cheeses perfectly. Sheridan’s on the Docks is the accompanying restaurant, this time focusing on local fish dishes paired with freshly steamed veg from the surrounding countryside.
Where to Stay
Hotels around Eyre Square are the best for location when it comes to Galway, and the Victoria Hotel is a good choice for a small to medium budget. The Hotel Meyrick on Eyre Square combines elegance and luxury to make the perfect base for your trip to Galway, including a rooftop hot tub overlooking the city!