Waterford - Glendalough, Tramore
30 Oct 2008
|Weather: Rain, Cold
We woke to the sound of rain, rain and more rain!
Our room at Ashdene is just lovely - a double and single beds with plenty of room and a lovely big bathroom. I think the biggest challenge when travelling, is working out all the amazing ways that a shower can work - nothing seems to be simple, and most places are really tiny. Ashdene was a joy. Through the window from our bedroom, I could see the green hills and there were sheep grazing.
We went for breakfast - fresh fruit salad and yoghurt, poached egg and juice and tea. It was delightful, sitting beside the large window and watching the rain outside.
We packed up and said goodbye to our fellow travellers, Bernie and Jim, who said we were 'entertaining'. And thanked Jackie, our host, and headed back towards Glendalough to the old Abbey site and the stunning round tower.
The rain eased as we were leaving Avoca, so we stopped for some pics of this pretty town, and also visited the Avoca weaving mill, and wandered through the gift shop for a while.
We drove through a magnificent road with a canopy of trees in their full autumnal glory.
It was still raining when we arrived at Glendalough, so we went to the visitor centre and enjoyed the well presented display and watched the 17 min video.
As we started our walk towards the old cemetery the rain got heavier, and as Lyn and I peered at each other through our rain-coats with water cascading from our hoods, we started laughing and decided that it was just too wet to continue, so returned to the car and continued our journey.
We headed towards Waterford, but our SatNav hasn't been updated for the motorway that has been put through to Waterford, so for a while we were just a red arrow travelling through 'green'.
We found our way to the village of Tramore, which is on the southern coast.
We parked the car and headed for a place for a late lunch. Most of the eating places are closed - this is very much a holiday destination. But we had a lovely light lunch - Toasted ham, mozarella cheese and pesto panini - Delicious!
Next we made our way to our accommodation of Glenorney by the Sea. It's more 'above' the sea that 'by' the Sea, being right at the top of the hill in this little village.
Our host Marie, greeted us and showed us to our 1st floor room, which has views across the harbour. Nice room with 2 beds and a large bathroom. There is a 2nd room with 3 single beds - through a door from the bathroom!
We asked Marie if we could buy wine, cheese and nibbles for our evening meal, and she was happy for us to use the guest lounge.
Marie was in a bit of a rush as her 98 year old mum is 40 mins away, and isnot well - she had to go to her so our brekky will not be served until 9.30.
We drove around the town again, and went shopping for our light evening meal, and settled in to the loungeroom. It's such a treat to not be confimed to a bedroom!