Kilkenny Travel Blog› entry 12 of 114 › view all entries
We bid Trevor farewell at
We stopped for diesel for Sugar at a gas station and Jazy and I managed to fill her up (even though she still has ¾ tank) to insure that we knew how. A virtual field trip around every corner! The gas station had a full deli service counter and we tried a few local dishes (with recommendations from the server) to enjoy in the campervan.
Charles is particularly fond of the baguettes here and we can bribe him to do most anything with one. The Lily O’Brien chocolates that Orla gave us work for Jazy and me and we sadly finished them off tonight. We are going in search of a tour of that place when we return Sugar in July. Those are the BEST chocolates I’ve ever tasted.
We found Dan at Tree Grove Camping in Kilkenny when we called at the house. There is a lovely horse stable beside the main house and the camping sites are up a hill. We were the only ones here since we are about two months ahead of the other tourists for the season. In fact, there are many campgrounds in
We biked into Kilkenny. Again, that sounds simple doesn’t it? Let me entertain you with a list I’m creating of “Dumb Questions to Ask Mom Before Going Anywhere”:
- Should I go to the bathroom again even though I just went?
- Should I wear fingerless gloves
- Since it’s raining, should I wear a rain jacket
- What should I take?
And this is just a bonus one:
- Which way do I turn the propane to get it to come on?
- I never noticed how different I look in the mirror (that statement was just quoted)
Anyway, after loading up for the 1 mile ride, waiting for the rain to pass, putting the bike chain on Lia’s bike (twice), waiting again for the rain to pass, we biked into Kilkenny.
Dan had given us directions to the castle, so after skirting on foot the round-about (not easy with no pedestrian crossings), we biked on the sidewalks to the castle grounds.
Wow! What a stunning castle from the 13th Century! We saw a short movie on the
Afterward, we left our bikes at the rack and walked the short way into Kilkenny town which was as beautiful as we’d read.
We had to hurry back to our bikes at the castle as the 5:30 pm gate closing was approaching. But we did manage to get some small potpies (Steak & Guinness/ Chicken & Leeks) as well as a baguette for cultural reasons, of course. The nice shopowner offered to heat them for us and packed them up in tuperware containers with plasticware for a picnic.