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Wednesday to Waterford

where I take the tour, and bolster the local economy in a measurable fashion

storm 42 °F

This morning was a quiet morning. I had gauged correctly that today would be a nasty, rainy and hard blowing day, and so it was. Better to spend the day inside something.

So it was that I headed 2 hours south to the City of Waterford, a port city on the southeastern most part of Ireland, aiming at the Waterford Crystal factory.

Once I got to the M9, it was smooth sailing. But I arrived in the city after 1PM, and was hungry, and saw a McDonald’s. I stopped for a combo meal; my first since leaving the States. It had good Irish beef, and real Irish potatoes, so I felt much better about this transgression.

The tour was highly educational, and it’s amazing what they can do. Standards are extremely high; there are no *seconds*; if it’s imperfect, it gets recycled. The big Globe at Times Square on New Year’s Eve is a Waterford. They change out a few of the panels every year, but they installed a Dick Clark panel in his memory, and that will be a permanent part of the Waterford Globe.

As it happens, the tour ended in the gift shop; and with free shipping and Duty Free shopping, I felt compelled to help the local economy in some small fashion. Their website is here: http://www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com

After walking round the old Viking walls and through the beautiful Georgian (Anglican) Cathedral, it had suddenly started raining. I took this as a sign to head to the Skoda, and was soon on the M9 headed home to a warm cottage.

As I approached Dublin Town, I saw 6 different rainbows! Unfortunately, Seamus the Leprechaun Garmin device, couldn’t help me find the end of the rainbow, so I went home to the snug cottage instead.

Photos to follow on FB (I keep saying that, don’t I?). But Saturday I’ll be on the Ferry to Holyhead, Wales, and thence to London, so may have some time to cull and post these.


Posted by stbrides 13:13 Archived in Ireland

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