7.57am, Park House Hotel, Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland
I’m about to get picked up for the drive back to Dublin, after a top tasting at the Blue Room here in our number one hotel Yalumba fortress in the city of Gaillimh, or Galway to those of us who don’t speak fluent Gaelic. And the Galway coat of arms? The galleon in full flight because of the relationship between this part of the Irish coast and the Spanish Armada. But that’s another story! I just wanted to check in and let you know all was well, and I’ll catch you up on what we’ve been up to when I get back to Dublin. Here though, is a quick look at the authentic Irish pub where local musicians play every evening in an old, low sagging ceiling, single room bar, still nicotine-stained from the old days when smoking inside was the done thing – especially considering that’s it’s usually raining and cold in these parts. It’s the An Pucan – don’t miss it for the real thing if you’re in Galway.