..........a holiday within a holiday
On Sunday we touched down in Dublin and were so thrilled to see Nathan waiting at arrivals for us. Ethan ran exciting into his arms and Dave and Bec were very happy to see a friendly welcoming face. Nathan assisted us with the logistics of the car hire and driving the 1 1/2 hours to County Kilkenny. The drive there was like going 'home' or at least driving to Maldon where Kate and Nathan live - strangely familiar! The Autumn colours were just stunning and the country lanes were just so picturesque.
We met Kate in a nearby town, where she went to school and her sister, Liz, nephew Ciaran and niece Kathryn live. From there we drove to Inistioge (where the movie Circle of Friends was filmed) and arrived at the Coachhouse - an absolutely stunning property, so big and spacious and full of character - we felt like we were in an episode of Escape to the Country.
It feels like we are having a holiday from a holiday here in Ireland, where we are loving staying with Kate and Nathan and being shown around Kate's home village and local haunts. We went to Kilkenny yesterday via Bennettsbridge, where we went to a pottery called Nicholas Mosse, had a lovely brunch together and then continued onto Kilkenny - what a wonderful town this was, Dave had his first Guinness in Ireland in the Oldest Pub in Kilkenny called Kyteler's Inn, where the Ireland's last witch was burnt around the fourteenth century. We had a wander around town, visiting museums, the Kilkenny Castle and some more pubs. We went on a tourist mini train around town, which of course was the highlight for Ethan. We are so happy to be here in beautiful Ireland where the views are grand and the people so so so friendly........it really is the Emerald Isle.....however no sign of Leprechauns yet.