On the Road to Kilkenny
Trip Start Jul 02, 2011
10Trip End Jul 12, 2011
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After Powerscourt we drove to Glendalough in Wicklow National Park. On the way there we saw beautiful mountainous scenery, especially many views of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Greg had fun (not) maneuvering his way on some very narrow two (ha, ha) lane roads. Don't know how we escaped hitting something or someone. We made a stop to take a hike small to a waterfall... It was hard to find the correct trail... We boulder hopped a narrow river and took a path next to it... Evan stayed behind to make sure I didn't get hurt; but, he couldn't stop me from falling! Didn't hurt myself though.
We arrived at Glendalough and it was packed with visitors! It was a beautiful day to go walking through old ruins and a cemetery. Glendalough was St. Kevin's monastic site from the sixth century, that includes a Round Tower. They still use the cemetary for burials so it was a mixture of very old headstones and new. There are two beautiful lakes in the Wicklow mountains as well as the famous Wicklow Way.
Our next stop was Kilkenny. To get there we took small country roads, larger two lane roads and finally a freeway. Greg finally got to go 120 km! Whoo hoo! The road signs/directions were pretty easy to follow- we didn't get lost once. We feel that we really don't need to use the Garmin.
The hills are so green! So many shades of green... We saw some more ruins. Kilkenny is a quaint, touristy town due to its famous castle (Kilkenny Castle) on the river Nore, in the center of town. We stayed at the Kilkenny River Court Hotel which was right on the river with great views of Kilkenny Castle. Unfortunately, we arrived too late to take a tour of the castle, and tomorrow there is no time in our agenda to tour it. Perhaps during our next visit.
After we got settled, we ate dinner at Langton's. What a wonderful meal! Evan had an 8oz. Irish petite steak with Chips. Greg had lamb cutlets with mashers and vegetables. I had a roasted lamb shank with mashers and veggies. The meat was so tender with no fat. Greg and I had a pint of Guinness with our meal. For dessert Evan had baileys with brown bread and cognac ice cream cake. Greg had Wicklow strawberries with creme in a chocolate waffle cone basket. Both were very yummy! An Irish band started playing while we finished dinner.
After dinner we walked the quaint streets of Kilkenny. I found little side alleys that connected to other streets. I was thinking to myself that this reminded me of Harry Potter and Diagon Alley, when Evan said, "Hey mom! This minds me of Harry Potter!" Great minds think alike. We enjoyed walking the town and looking in all the shop windows. Most shops were closed at 8 pm. Kilkenny Castle was lit up at night. It took on an entirely different look - it was very beautiful. We slept with our window open and fell asleep listening to ducks quacking. What a nice peaceful end to our day.