Day 13 - Walking around the city of Westport

We woke up to the sound of rain and remembered we forgot to bring our sneakers inside! Yiikes! We had left them out in the sun to dry the day before and completely forgot to bring them in before going to bed :( The rain passed quickly and we had blue skies and plenty of sunshine. The original plan was to go to Clare Island and do lots of hiking but with what? flip flops? 

Change of plans. We decided to head into Westport and just spend the day checking out the stores and restaurants, because walking around a town in flip flops is doable :)  Westport has been voted as the best place to live in Ireland.

 Hannah and Kian in an Irish Telefon kiosk

Hannah and Kian in an Irish Telefon kiosk

The kids had fun with a metal bicycle. It is very interesting to walk around with kids. The things they notice can easily go unseen by the adults.

 Kian on the metal bicycle

Kian on the metal bicycle

 Hannah enjoying her "ride" on the metal bicycle

Hannah enjoying her "ride" on the metal bicycle

This I believe is the town square with a statue of Saint Patrick. The writing on the stone says, "I am Patrick. A Sinner. Most Unlearned. The Least of All. The Faithful, And Utterly Despised by Many."

 St. Patrick's statue

St. Patrick's statue

The streets of Westport are very quaint with many unique shops and restaurants. 

 A street sign in Westport. All signs are in Gaelic as well as English.

A street sign in Westport. All signs are in Gaelic as well as English.

After some exploring around town we decided to get some coffee and a snack. We came across a lovely chocolate shop called Marlene's House of Chocolate Delights.

 Marlene's House of Chocolate Delights

Marlene's House of Chocolate Delights

The shop smells delicious and there is a great variety of chocolates to choose from. We selected 3 different kinds and they were all delicious.

 Variety of chocolates available on the day of our visit

Variety of chocolates available on the day of our visit

We headed back home in the early evening as I had planned to make dinner at home. The kids had a great time playing puppets with daddy while I prepared our food.

 Puppet time

Puppet time

We all had spaghetti and meatballs with salad and fruits :) 

 Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti & Meatballs

After dinner the kids played some more by themselves as we cleaned up. They were each allowed 1 Oreo cookie as dessert. As they ate dessert I read them "The Princess and the Frog" and "Cinderella". We put these children's books on the iPad (using the Kindle app) before leaving the US.  Much better than lugging actual books around the world.

 Story time

Story time

We wrapped up the night with teeth brushing and some tickle time :) all in all it was a great relaxing day.

 Tickle Monster attacks :)

Tickle Monster attacks :)