|We drove 48 km. to Ireland's oldest city, Waterford, to tour the crystal factory (1947).
[Steuben ware in Corning, NY, was once a huge competitor for this company.] The tour was very good and we enjoyed seeing the artisans working even on Sunday morning. There were some fabulous pieces for sale in the gallery!
Free time for 2 hours. Ivan returned to the rig to work on photos. I window-shopped and walked to the River Nore for photos of buildings and a modern statue. I returned to the rig and fixed lunch so we were ready to push on with the group at 12:30.
A short drive to Kilkenny cg where we had more free time until taxis came at 3:10 to take us into the city to see the impressive gray stone Kilkenny Castle (1213). No photos allowed inside and no postcards available of the lovely side-by-side white Carerra marble fireplace in the long Picture Gallery. We watched the 12 min. movie about the castle and then went to see the Rose Garden.
Across the street was the Design Center – shops with clothes and jewelry. Ivan bought me a lovely pair of handmade gold wire hoop earrings with 4 tiny pearls dangling from the hoops. (They were made here in Kilkenny.) Think they will be lovely for dressier times to come. We then wandered some of the old city streets until 6:15, time to meet to walk to Kyteler's Inn for dinner (soup; beef; potatoes or smoked salmon salad with Smithwick's red ale [Rick Steves favorite local beer] and Bailey's cheesecake). All quite tasty but the Irish band of 3 (banjo, bagpipes, guitar) played overlong repetitive jugs that all sounded the same. But, it is a popular local place and fun to sample.