from Wexford to Waterford (to visit the Waterford Crystal Factory)
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From Wexford, I caught the 1:25pm coach to the town of Waterford. Arriving around 3:00, I sat for a moment in John Roberts Square to eat an orange and plot my next move. I then hopped a city bus, which took me around town past the concrete telephone poles and modest townhouses en route to the Waterford Crystal Factory (established 1771).
On the tour of the factory, I witnessed master blowers and engravers performing their crafts. We admired several eye-catching crystal showpieces including a replica of the Time Square New Year’s Eve ball, “Theater” (odd, colorful, crystal sculptures), and a magnificent grandfather clock.
I concluded my tour of Waterford on the bus ride back to the quay (pronounced “key” and refers to a road along a river), past mediaeval ruins, Waterford Institute of Technology, cathedrals, and narrow cobblestone side streets. At the bus stop long the river docks, I waited for the bus to Cork while watching the fleet of fishing vessels on the River Suir. Four pleasant French girls were boarding the bus as well and we shared a brief introduction before taking our seats. Soon we were heading west down the Southern Corridor (National Primary Route N25). Beyond Dungarvan, sprawling farmlands boasted many up-scale homes while the village of Youghal was a quaint and charming suburbia.