This morning we were leaving Dublin for Waterford. We were told to have our luggage outside of our door at 07:15...it was still there when I went down for breakfast at bit before 08:00. Breakfast at this hotel was pretty good. And I ate my fill again. This time I was a bit more adventerous and tried something called a pudding. It was not pudding as we know it, it tasted more like a sausage patty.
Soon it was time to get on the bus and be on our way.
There were several stops planned on our way to Waterford. The first was to be quick bathroom break at a place called Glendalough. This area is a hiking heaven (I just wish I had to do so) with about 10 different trails of various difficulties. This is also the sight of a medevil religious community in honor of St. Kevin. I have read about this place in several books I have read, so I wanted to go back and take a look. The coach driver told us since we were ahead of the other coaches we could have about 45 minutes. I took full advantage of that and hiked back to the site. There was a very impressive graveyard surrounding the site. Many impressive Celtic Cross marker stones. I took many pictures. The whole site was very peaceful. One of the features on the site is a very tall tower. It can be seen from quite a distance and of course I hiked back to take a look. Something that I and another guy on my bus both noticed was there was no door on the ground level. There was an opening about 10-15 feet up, but it was very small. Somebody that knew about his type of tower said it was a deffensive tower, and that the monks would pile themselves and the women and children of the area inside while the menfolk stayed outside to try to protect them.
This was called "The Tree of Life"
After our 45 min bathroom break, we were back on our way. Our next stop was in the city of Carlow. I found this interesting as it is mentioned in one of the Young Dubs songs. We were given an hour and half to look around and get something for lunch. I tagged along with some of my new friends to resturant that had a buffet type lunch. They heeped the portions on our plates, and the food was pretty good. I had a serving of pork and stuffing, and potatoes and an assortment of vegetables. I also tried a sparkling apple cider. That was just ok, not worth getting again, but I had to try it.
After lunch we made our way back to the bus. But since Phil had brought up the idea of ice cream...we had to stop and get one!
It was nice to have room to relax in.
Now we were back on our way to Waterford. I am told that Waterford is the oldest "city" in Ireland. Don’t know I that is true or not, but it is your typical small port city. Our hotel for the next couple of nights is a place called Faithlegg Manor. It is a very impressive manor house set out in the countryside. It has a golf course and everything. Our party is so large that we are split up between the main house and some outlaying cottages. Don’t ask me why, but for some reason they put the single guy in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo. It has a full kitchen and everything. To bad I am on vacation, I might have actually thought about cooking dinner.
...not! Tonight is the second concert that the Dubs are putting on. As part of our tour package, we get into all the shows for free. I had skipped the show the first night we were here as I was exhausted, so I did not want to miss this one. The tour busses took us into town (it was too far to walk) and dropped us off. We had about an hour and a half before the show, so we walked around Waterford to find a place to get a snack. It is a Monday evening and the city was rolling up the sidewalks...it was only about 6:30 or so. We finally ended back at a fish and chips shop right next door to the concert venue. We were later told that that was the place to eat anyway. I had a great meal of fish and chips...ummmm yummm. The place was take away only, so we walked across the road and ate in a pub, washing down th e fish with a pint of Guinness.
It even had a fully stocked kitchen. To bad I had not intention of cooking.... :)
Then it was on to the show.
The concert venue was in a small venue called the Forum. It was a great place to see a band. Great sound quality and very personable. When we got inside, we found that one of the guys I have been hanging out with had saved us a table, and made a local friend. This guy lived about 40 miles away and had been told by a friend of his in the States that he should go see the band. He was wondering if the over an hour drive, the fact that he would not be able to drink as he had to drive home and then get up and go to school the next day, made the trip worthwhile. We assured him he would enjoy the show...and he did. As I was leaving I noticed him over at the swag table getting a couple of CD's and a T shirt.
Oh yea, the reason I was here in the 1st place.
After the show, we grabbed taxis back to the hotel and had a night cap. One of the couples I have befriended know the band really well.
So Phil made sure I had personall introductions to all the band members. A pretty cool group of guys. But you know what, they are just that, a group of guys that happen to be musically talented. It cracks me up how some of the people treat and talk to them. It is fun to listen to their music and be a part of the experience, but they are just people.
The Young Dubs
Well after a night cap it was back to my condo. I am going to sleep in the master bedroom tonight. And who knows maybe one of the other rooms tomorrow.