BY JANET STEINBERG
Forty shades of green. I can think of no better way to describe Ireland, The Emerald Isle.
From Dunmore East it was only a short drive to Waterford. The city of Waterford is a bustling maritime city with an historic Viking Heart. Vikings, as well as other eager invaders who followed them, left their mark in the history and mystery of the city. The city’s name comes from the Norse word ‘Vadrefjord’. Reginald’s Tower, dating from 1003, houses a city museum and the charter roll of Richard II.
What would a trip to Waterford (also known as Crystal City) be without paying a visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory? For two centuries, the city of Waterford has produced some of the world’s finest crystal. In 1783, George and William Penrose founded the Waterford Glass House, promising to make crystal in “as fine a quality as any in Europe…”.
|WATERFORD CRYSTAL FACTORY|
A tour of the facility features the world’s largest display of Waterford crystal and gift items that range in price from two to six figures. You can purchase a crystal ring holder for approximately $25, a crystal grandfather clock for $75,000 or an 11-cluster crystal chandelier for $175,000.
Of greatest interest is a scaled-down replica of the Millennium Ball produced for the 1999-2000 New Years Millennium Celebration on Times Square. It took forty craftsmen six months to produce the 2-ton, 504-panel Millennium Ball that was the largest project ever undertaken by Waterford.
GLASSBLOWER AT WORK IN WATERFORD FACTORY
Irish coffee never tasted better than it did at the pub in Dooley’s Hotel on the Waterford Quay. But now, I am going to let you in on a little secret I learned at Dooley’s. You can buy your Irish Coffee already blended and bottled in Ireland under the brand name of Hot Irishman. All you need to do is add boiling water leaving room for the cream. Then put some lightly whipped cream on an ice cold spoon, and float in on top of the hot coffee mix.
JANET STEINBERG is an award-winning Travel Writer, International Travel Consultant, and winner of 40 national Travel Writing Awards.