.Since the south coast was the earliest settled area of the island, it has lots of historic structures. Even the outer parts of the old city have ruins of the old fortifications. The above photos show large remnants of the 13th century city walls that still stand, surrounded by modern structures with the citizens walking by in pursuit of daily activities.
Waterford is in the southeast of Ireland. Outside the immediate downtown areas the countryside is lush with vegetation, forests and lakes. This is much the case with the entire south part of the country. From here we went on to Killarney in the southwest corner.
The boat ride took us across three separate lakes connected by streams that run through the Gap of Dunloe. That put us on the other side of the mountains from civilization, so to get back we rode in a horse-drawn "jaunting cart." The ride winds up a one-lane road that goes between two mountains and follows a stream down the other side to a pub where meals and refreshments are available and you are picked up by a bus for the return to town.
The next installment will show photos of one of the several "tower houses" that we visited. The banner photo depicts it. Many fell into ruin after it became impractical to maintain such a family home, but now have become tourist attractions. They are great places to visit, but few of us would want to live in one.
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