day 10 blog -- kilkenny to cobh

we woke up in kilkenny to bright blue skies. an absolutely gorgeous day. we were up early for breakfast, so before hitting the road we walked around town.

kilkenny is a very cute and colorful town.

kilkenny castle - kilkenny

at the center of town is kilkenny castle. it is quite a majestic centerpiece. the castle is fully restored and remained inhabited up to very recently.

kilkenny castle - kilkenny

the grounds surrounding the castle were spectacular.

then it was time to hit the road again and head further south.

at the kells priory

our first stop was a the kells priory. this is a different kells from the book of kells, if you are familiar with the book. it is a cool old ruin. check out the pics.

then we were off to waterford, the town famous for its crystal.

at waterford crystal

we made a stop off at the factory gift store. because we were pressed for time to get to the tour at the jameson distillery in midleton we opted not to go on the factory tour.

we continued driving along the south-eastern coast of ireland, driving through dungarvan, and arrived in midleton.

on the road to midleton

we found convenient parking and headed straight to the old midleton distillery.

this distillery and its tour were much better than the one in dublin.

eric at the old midleton distillery - midleton

there are some great pictures - especially of the large pot stills. they are humongous!

alison tasting whiskey at the old midleton distillery - midleton

and this time alison got to do the special whiskey tasting at the end of the tour. mr. & mrs. parucki are now both certified irish whiskey tasters!

after the tour we were back on the road to our final destination -- cobh. cobh is a small fishing village near to cork.

in/around cobh

it is most famous as being the last port of call for the titanic. we stayed at a quaint cottage-like hotel called the water's edge. and it was literally on the water's edge. our room had a beautiful view looking out to the harbor and the ocean beyond. unfortunately, this was the only hotel that did not have internet access.

view from our room at water

but the views more than made up for it.

we had dinner at the hotel's restaurant, jacob's ladder. the south of ireland is definitely dominated my murphy's stout, rather than guinness, so we enjoyed a few pints with a decadent fired brie to start and some rustic murphy's stout shepard's pie.

alison at jacob

we sat and watched the sun set -- an excellent way to end an enjoyable day. we also enjoyed talking with a nice couple from missouri, and keeping them updated on the fate of their home team (the st. louis cardinals) in the world series!