Waterford's crystal blue Atlantic persuasion...
Trip Start Dec 30, 2009
6Trip End Jan 19, 2010
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Waterford City is a large but quaint seaside city. Founded in 914 AD by the Vikings, it is Ireland oldest city and was the largest before Dublin. They used to manufacture the Waterford Crystals from here but closed the whole operations in 2009. The rolling hills of Waterford were still suprisingly very green in the middle of winter. With the constant warm Atlantic air blowing over the hills of Ireland, it always stay green over here.
We headed south along the irish coastline towards Cork to visit Jennifer's anncestorial homeland
Dunhill, also called Donhill or Don Isle Castle, is a spectacularly silhouetted ruin, and was founded around 1200 on the site of an ancient fort by a branch of the Norman Le Paor clan. They soon “went native” as the Power clan, and took to terrorising the highways around Waterford City, even attacking the town itself in 1345, for which several of them were hanged.
The castle sits high up on the hill and has a country road that winds near the base of the hill. We didn't have time to explore the inside of the castle but took some great pictures of it.
After about a half hour, we jumped back into our rental car and drove back out to the nearest county road and headed south again. About an hour later we saw a small wooden sign pointing west that only said "BEACH". We figured, since we live in Florida and always see the Atlantic looking east why not take some pics of the ocean looking west
We finally got back into our vehicle and drove further south along the coastline passing old seaside cottages, century old cemeteries, a memorial statue and even an abandon copper mine factory. At the next town of Dungarven, we decided to grab a "Subway" type sandwich at a local market. I went inside the to the deli and asked to have a sub. They didn't understand what a "sub" was so I had to tell them how to make one. The deli clerk had to go find a new loaf of bread from the bakery area and then get cheese from the dairy aisle to make it all together. She was very helpfull and laughed at "our silly American sandwich".... so this place should be a great place for a Subway or Firehouse Subs shop...lol.
After a few more local photographs and visiting the town's main attraction, Dungarven Castle we headed back on the road towards Cork, After only a few hours, we arrived in Cork about 5pm during their downtown rush hour.