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Published: December 30th 2007
Waterford Crystal Factory
Picked up a Polo Astra hire care and drove to Waterford today from Dublin, it rained the whole way. Troy is a very good driver it’s fortunate they too drive on the left side of the road but being a European car the indicators are on the opposite side!!! Stayed in a lovely B&B just outside of Waterford run by a lady named Susan, she can talk a million miles an hour but she does a mean scrambled egg on toast. Waterford is home to the Waterford Crystal Factory (news to me to) they make very expensive crystal there, including all sorts of sports trophesy especially ones in golf and tennis, there were replicas of trophesy given to Tiger Woods and Andre Agassi. Couldn’t afford to buy anything but it was very nice to look at. The cheapest item that we saw was a crystal thimble that cost 35Euro which works out to about $60Aus.
Drove some more along the south coast of Ireland, stopped off at Blarney which is the home of the Blarney Castle and of course the Blarney Stone. Troy and I climbed the millions of stairs (not quite) and both kissed the stone.
Harp made of crystal
Got some beaut photos of my thunder thighs while I’m hanging upside down. Action Man got in on the action too, we took his photo on the very top of the castle wall. The stair well was very narrow Troy had trouble getting up the stairs with his backpack on, the stairs spiral upwards and the steps would be about 15cm wide each. Susan from the B&B told us we should go to Kinsale which is a costal town because it’s very pretty and something different to look at, so we took the detour to Kinsale only to find it pretty dismal and smelly definitely something different to see! Having said that it did allow me to demonstrate my expert navigational qualities… we decided to take the road less travelled. Armed with a fairly accurate map we weaved our way along the back country roads and saw some very interesting things and a hidden castle or two! Locals tend to drive more than 50km/hr around bends and they don’t stick to their side of the road! Arrived in Killarney at dark and got horribly lost, the B&B owner then told us it’s very hard to get lost because the town
The B&B we stayed at in Waterford
goes around in a big loop, it must be designed for people with dementia so they can travel all day long and never leave the town. Off to see the Ring of Kerry tomorrow…..
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