Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Shhhh - don't tell anyone, but Waterford is beautiful

I'd never really been to County Waterford before this weekend. I'd driven through it a couple of times and been to Wateford City once for about an hour, but I had never taken a few days there.

Well, I will definitely go again. I left yesterday thinking that Waterford is downplayed by the Irish tourism authorities so that Irish people have somewhere to go that isn't overwhelmed with foreign tourists. The Comeragh Mountains, where we stayed, are tremendous. Forest walks, cyrstal clear rivers and lakes, attractive towns & villages - it was just fantastic. Lismore is simply beautiful.

We were close to Dungarvan, which is a nice little town on the sea. Great views all around. Tramore, about 25 miles east of Dungarvan, has a great beach and some, but not too much, of those tatty things that kids love.

Of course, it helped that the weather was perfect. Sunny & warm for our days there. We all got some color. Amazingly to me, the place we stayed at had a pool and we all got in. The kids had to be dragged away on the morning we left.

The only downside to the weekend was having to leave so soon AND, of course, the traffic out of Dublin on Friday.