Go To Ireland! Part II. Waterford

by farrah on July 6, 2013 · 9 comments

Cork was pretty great, and I was curious as to what the next stop on my southern tour would be like in Waterford. The weather seemed to be holding out and we had yet to see a drop of rain, so my sister and I packed up our things on Saturday morning and headed to the bus station.

The most important thing I wanted to see in Waterford was my friend K. She is yet another of my most amazing mom’s group friends, and moved to a town near Waterford about two years ago from Portland, Oregon. Her oldest is the same age as B- and over the years I’ve gotten to know her as well as all of the other moms in our group- yet K always seemed so far away geographically it was like we were never going to hook up. Who would have thought that my moving to Europe would actually help make that happen!

Transportation

Not being used to riding the bus, my sister and I were proud of ourselves for knowing where the station was located in Cork- but had received conflicting information as how to purchase our ticket. Some people told us you did it on the bus, others at the ticket window. We stood in line in the window but heard the teller tell the gentleman in front of us (rudely) that he was to buy his ticket on the bus. We quickly left the window and stood in line to board the bus because we didn’t want to also incur her wrath. Don’t you know that we were supposed to get it at the window and had to run back? Gah. Oh well. We were new at this.

My sister’s stealth pic of me on the bus

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Bus to Waterford was easier logistically for us to take than train. It was a lovely (and I do mean gorgeous) drive along the coast for about two hours plus to Waterford. Bus on the Bus Eireann was about 20 euros each one way. It was mostly empty and we could stretch out and enjoy the ride.

Random castle along the way

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City Center

Once we met K at the Waterford station, she took us on a tour of the city center. First stop, of course, was lunch at the oldest pub in town- T & H Doolan’s. I had a traditional lamb stew and my sister had fish and chips. K introduced us to Bulmer’s cider and from there on out wherever we went that was what my sister ordered.

K & I

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We strolled around the center- took in the sunshine and blue skies and again I scoffed at the idea that Ireland gets rain. I know it does- but it’s hard to imagine when a place is just so beautiful! K told us that Waterford was home to Waterford crystal (which I didn’t realize) and was the oldest town in Ireland. Founded by vikings in 914AD, it’s a city surrounded by old medieval walls.

That’s T & H Doolan’s on the left

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Reginald’s Tower

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Around Waterford

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Seriously odd street performance at the market

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Samuels Heritage B&B

We were only spending one night in Waterford- and I found a B&B on the outskirts of the city. K was kind enough to drive us around, and I am so glad that we ended up staying at Samuels Heritage. Yes, it would have been nice to stay closer to the city center, but then we wouldn’t have seen things like this:

View from the B&B!-my sister’s pic

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Susan, the proprietor of Samuels Heritage was so kind and funny- we loved our comfortable room and location. We walked down the road to dinner that night at Beckett’s (which was delicious) and were glad we had the walk back since we ate so much. We watched the sun set over the hills of tall green grass and called it a night.  I slept the best of my entire stay in Ireland at Samuels. Not sure if it was the awesome bed or just all that fresh air- but I felt like a new woman when I woke up in the morning.

Samuels Heritage

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Our breakfast was superb. I knew I should have taken a picture of the charming breakfast room and my traditional Irish breakfast plate—- but sometimes it’s nice to just put the camera away and live in the moment. We ate and ate and ate the wonderful food her and her husband prepared for us and then the time came to settle the bill and say goodbye. We did see a couple there with their small child- and a nice big ‘Family Friendly’ sticker on the entry door- so by all means- I recommend this place for the solo traveler, couple, and family alike! –-traveler’s tip: Susan does have a plug converter should you need one, however as mentioned in my Part I. post no hair dryer was in the bathroom. She did, however have some lovely toiletries 🙂

We waited for K to pick us up and headed back to the bus station. It was time to move on to Dublin for our last day and night in Ireland!

–Still to come: Dublin in a Day

My Instagram kind of blew up with more pics! Follow me there if you aren’t already @Momofthreeunder.

All photos are taken by me (except the ones by my sister)  and nothing in this post was sponsored or discounted.

 

 

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1 K July 6, 2013 at 8:26 am

I’m so glad you had a good time! It was so wonderful to see you and your sister. Next meetup in Ostfbukevnludfgchk ok? Our boys have to meet. Your visit made my year!!

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2 farrah July 6, 2013 at 8:28 am

You got it!!!! Oskjdfhsljdfshjdg it is.

And you really need to add tour guide to your resume 🙂 It was lovely seeing you my friend!

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3 Christie Tate July 7, 2013 at 1:42 am

It looks so fun!

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4 farrah July 11, 2013 at 6:43 am

It was. I already want to go back.

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5 Ann July 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

That picture from your hotel is AMAZING! Oh my goodness!!!

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6 farrah July 11, 2013 at 6:43 am

I know it! And whenever I use it I give her the credit- not fair 🙂

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7 SUSAN July 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Many thanks Farrah for your lovely mention with the great pictures . Looking forward to meeting you again and maybe your lovely boys also. Hairdryer by the way was in the drawer at the dressing table !! Enjoy the lovely summer we are having hope it is like this in NL also, best regards SUSAN

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8 farrah July 11, 2013 at 6:44 am

Ah! I should have known! You had everything else covered 🙂 It has been lovely here- we’re feeling very lucky.

Love your B&B and will absolutely tell whoever listens what a great stay it was. Also- I would really like it if you could make me breakfast every morning 🙂

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