12.07.2015 - 12.07.2015 13 °C
My lovely Irish guest took us on a much different excursion today. We visited a number of seaside towns and took a phenomenal seaside drive along the Copper Coast Road. The first stop was the seaside town of Ardmore. We started the day walking into a fancy hotel and ordering coffee, tea and scones. They were served with petit fours, cream , butter and homemade jam. We sat on the veranda that overlooked the ocean. It was stunning. The food was awesome and the views unbeatable.
We left the hotel for a nice cliff side walk along the ocean where we saw some ruins from St Declan (feel free to google him) and some remnants from preparations made by the Irish government to dissuade German occupation during WWII. It was a great walk and the views of the ocean and cliffsides were speculator.
Next was a drive down the Copper Coast Road. This is a very scenic drive with amazing ocean views and many stops along the way to take in more cliff walks and views. The drive goes through 5 villages which if you liked you could stop in and take in a visit. As it was Sunday it was mostly closed and the views were what we were looking for.
The last town on the road and the end of the scenic drive was one at the moment in which I forget but I am told from my Irish companion it is a crap British style seaside resort that really isnt very good. It had an amusement park on the ocean and carnival type stuff but of course the beach and the views were stunning. We stopped in town to catch the big event in a pub that was going on today. Today was a provincial championship hurling match between Tipperary and Waterford. This is a massive deal here and people are flying their flags and getting right into it. We watched the match in a local pub and I felt it quite a special moment. I do enjoy sports and being able to bond in a pub atmosphere watching a match is truly a unique cultural experience. I watch my Irish friend live and die with every play and it was fun to see her in that way. Her team lost but today we spent most of the day flipping between Waterford and Tipperary so there was lots of jovial and anguished individuals. Truly another special day in Ireland.