Friday, 8 May 2015

Saturday, April 25 was the last trip I was able to take with Gerry before he headed to the States. We drove about 1 1/2 hours south along the coast to the town of Wexford and the city of Waterford. The southeast coastal area of the Republic is known as the "Sunny Southeast" because it generally receives better weather than Ireland's counterparts. This was not the case, however, on the day we made our way through the area, as the day started off cold, windy, and rainy, and had no intention of taking a turn for the better.

Our first stop, about an hour south of Dublin, was Donaghmore Beach, stretching 1.83 km.


Next, we stopped at Curracloe Beach, a long stretch of sand dunes just north of Wexford Harbour.

Not far from Curracloe Beach is the town of Wexford. County Wexford, just two counties south of Dublin, is named for this town.

Bridge over the River Slaney
Since the rain continued, we did not stay long in Wexford, but instead kept moving. I imagine on a nicer day these towns are lovely, and I can see why they are popular vacationing and retirement destinations. We made our way to the city of Waterford, located just over the county line in County Waterford. Waterford is Ireland's oldest city, founded by Viking raiders in AD 914, and today it is the country's fifth largest city in terms of population size. As we arrived, the rain died down a bit, so we were able to have a look around.  I particularly enjoy the brightly colored buildings that are found frequently along the coast.

Waterford's own Viking long boat...

...Placed rightfully beside the old martello defense tower

We had a late lunch in Granville Hotel, located on The Quay.

Taken from Google

Taken from Google

Our last stop for the day was the small seaside town of Tramore. Gerry remembered hill walking and family vacations in this town as a child.

As we drove along the peninsula that is Tramore, we found some great views.

We also found not one, but two, awesome swimming spots. I love that these places are publicly available, easily accessible, and so picturesque. This one, similar to the Forty Foot in Dun Laoghaire, used to be solely a bathing spot for men. For old time's sake, the signpost that enforced this is still standing at the entrance, along with a newer sign with a disclaimer to assure us that women are indeed also allowed to swim here also.

Here is the next swimming spot we happened upon. I would really enjoy a swim at a place like this, and could definitely get used to the view.

Once the sun started to set, we headed for home, but not before stopping to grab a pint for the road.

Not a great quality photo, but it does the colors of the sky justice, at least

Although I did get to see Gerry once more when we met up for lunch before he left, I will greatly miss having his company during these next two weeks and also when it is time for me to leave Ireland. It was such a blessing for me to have met him on the flight here, and I cannot thank him enough for his hospitality and for putting so much of his time into showing me as much as he could of what Ireland has to offer. I would not have learned half as much as I have without his help, and that our resulting friendship is a true testimony of the amazing things that can happen for students while studying abroad. Meeting people you never expected to meet in places you never meant to meet them and gaining memories and experiences which you never knew were possible - that's what it has done for me, anyway.

That's all for now, cheers!

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