As we drove into town, I was instantly charmed by the brilliant paint jobs on doors and windows, flower boxes and shutters ---I didn’t need to stand “in the queue” at the ATM – but I sure could stretch my legs and explore a bit!
Busy little town enjoying an unbelieveably warm and sunny June day!
You will likely find loads of my photos with the present rearview mirror in the upper right hand corner….the bus has BIG windows….and a picture through a bus window is better than no picture at all.
Out of the bus and off onto the street!
This little restored thatched roof cottage is typical of historic buildings throughout the area. The thatched roofs can last up to 30 years with care, replacing worn sections as needed. I loved the fresh look of the new white washing!
We also saw lots of lace in windows! I can imagine how the light filters through on the inside, adding a touch of “pretty” to the surroundings.
More lace at the window….and my reflection as I take the picture!
More lace…and cheery window boxes full of flowers!
Okay….you can take my picture too….
Did I mention that I forgot my curling iron and it wouldn’t have worked here anyway, even with an adapter? We’ve been going “au naturel” all week!
Jae’s Coffee House! Cute! Really love the brickwork on the corner of the building and around the windows.
Headache from last night’s pub crawl? No problem! Get your aspirin at Flaherty’s Pharmacy!
Or rewet your whistle at Faherty’s bar and food!
LOVE the red roof and the window casings…and all the flags flying!
Okay, you can take my picture HERE TOO!
Everywhere you turn is one cute shop after another, and the style of the buildings are very similar small town to small town as they are found dotted across the Irish countryside.
Some went shopping in the little gift shop…the proprietor seemed a bit flustered, and VERY happy that a bus full of 40+ Quilters and Co-horts were buying everything for sale in his little shop. So happy to make a small businessman also happy – I found the sterling claddagh ring that I had been looking for….Maybe I DO need to go to that ATM after all!
Row of buildings on the way out of town ---
Oughterard was just a tiny spot on the way to Kylemore, but it was the first tiny Irish town that I got to wander. I feel like I’ve left a part of myself here…..and not just the 20 euros that the ring cost me! Much much more, and I’m bringing home with me even more thanks to the friendships I’ve made while being here with a fabulous group of people on the most amazing tour!