A Week in Waterford

Travelling to Ireland took forty eight hours and let’s just say I have a newfound appreciation for travel buddies. I don’t know what I would have done if Marina, a wonderful friend and photographer, had not been with me for our eleven-hour layover in the tiniest airport ever. It took three flights, a bus, and two trains before we finally arrived at the Portree Guesthouse in Waterford- the oldest city in Ireland at around eight hundred years!
Our room had two enormous windows framed with lace curtains and the feature wall was painted a bright and cheerful yellow. Then we found out that the b&b had a dog named Lucy. I was also very impressed by the fearlessness of the pigeons (seriously, they aren’t scared of anything). Waterford captured our hearts and I have been dreaming of going back. We can’t wait to go back!
Our second day in Waterford, we followed the sound of music to a musician busking in the streets.
The House of Waterford Crystal tours showed the many years of training to master the art of working with crystal.
Not only is everything done by hand, patterns and designs must be committed to memory and there are vigorous tests to undergo before becoming a master. I could have repeated the tour over and over, just to watch the people shape and sand and wash and design what would later become a famous, stunning piece of crystal.
We spent the rest of our time in Waterford, Ireland exploring and marveling at our new surroundings. The sun was shining defiantly, rebelling against the weather forecasts and illuminating the pastel-coloured buildings lining the streets. I love travel because there is so many places to see, so many people to meet, and so many scenes to photograph.
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