Today, David drove us to nearby Waterford. It was a short drive with a quick ferry ride towards the end and the GPS actually sent us back the same way we came! A first. Waterford is a beautiful town of about 46, 000 people. It's the oldest town in all of Ireland, with Vikings first establishing it in 853 AD.
David's mom really wanted to go to the House of Waterford Crystal and take the tour so it was the first place we went. The tour was really interesting. The guide explained the steps involved in making the crystal and showed many of the trophies that Waterford makes (People's Choice Award and trophies for sailing, Formula 1, Players Championship and the Cricket World Cup to name a few). Each 'Master Craftsman' trains for 8-10 years before being able to take the test and graduate to Master status. When you see the amount of work, education and skill that goes into each piece, you can certainly understand why Waterford crystal is expensive!
We spent the rest of the day walking around, looking in shops and eating a great meal at Burrza. Then it was off to the ferry and home to Duncormick! Tomorrow we will be on the road for a full day. We are off to some ancestoral cities of David's family and to the Rock of Cashel on the way back. Should be another great day. Thanks for reading!
We have now traveled roughly 74,251 km (or 46,138 miles). You can check out our route below.