I really enjoy wandering around small cities because they are large enough to provide a variety of experiences and small enough to be walkable. Ennis, the central city in Ireland's County Clare, is one of those treasures. The photos in this post were taken on a Saturday in May. Saturday's are interesting because part of the city becomes an open-air market filled with local farmers and their produce, and many shoppers who flock to discover bargains. They also have the effect of emptying parts of the city normally full of foot traffic, as people explore the Saturday market.
Ennis was our base for a week while we explored other parts of County Clare. During non-travel times we explored its streets and also its pubs with fantastic food and spontaneous live music sessions. Ennis is definitely on the "have to revisit" list. If you are interested in learning more about Ennis, this website is a good place to start: http://www.discoverireland.ie/Whats-On/ennis-street-festival/70741.
Soon I'll be visiting a non-Irish small city (Punta Gorda, Florida) for a week. What we hope to find is a place that is varied,walkable, and warm-three criteria for a place to temporarily escape the Wisconsin winter. Whether or not Punta Gorda lives up to expectations, the exploration and warmer February times will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for visiting, feel free to stop by the Tavern again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.