This Is Ireland – Waterford

First post of my This Is Ireland series, I started in Waterford and i didn’t get that much done because i literally only decided to go that morning and didnt have it planned at all and i just wanted to jump straight into it so i will be re-doing Waterford and spending more time planning and doing things.

Where I did go;

– Tramore Beach.

– Latcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.

– Waterford City.

LATCADIO HEARN JAPANSESE GARDENS

These Japanese Gardens have a unique story behind them, they reflect elements of gardening traditions of the countries and cultures traversed by Lafcadio Hearn during his varied life. (Patrick) Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was a gifted writer and first became famous when he moved to Japan and also changed his name to Koizumi Yokumo, the gardens follow his journey from Greece to Ireland then to America and the gardens reflects this in design, choice of plants and particularly in visage of rocks. ” In order to comprehend the beauty of a japanese garden, it is necessary to understand – or at least to learn to understand the beauty of stones” – Hearn. The idea for the gardens came about in 2012 when his great-grandson visited T for the summer, and it was opened in 2015. Each garden has a story behind it about a period of his life, starting with The Victorian Garden which represents his childhood summers in Tramore, which he loved so much.

Garden’s 

  1. Victorian Garden
  2. Transition Garden
  3. The American Journey
  4. The Greek Garden
  5. Arrival in Japan
  6. The Stream Garden
  7. Woodlands
  8. The Garden Of Peace & Harmony
  9. The Living God
  10. Journey’s End

along with 10 gardens there is two little games for kids, with finding different fairy doors all around the gardens and another with another sheet of different things to find around the gardens.

opening hours: 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

prices: adult – €5, child (under 12) – FREE.

guided tour (45min) €7.50 per person (4 adults max)

School Tours (all ages) €3.00 per child.

you can also get passes and become an annual friend all the information is on their website: lafcadiohearngardens.com

TRAMORE BEACH 

As soon as we finished in the Japanese gardens we headed to the beach, we didn’t do much just a walk along the beach, some arcade games, little bit in the fun fair and then some food.

For those of you who don’t know about Tramore it is located in Waterford City, Ireland which I think is about 20/30 minutes from the city, you can also get public transport to and from the beach. It has a lovely big beach, a fun fair, one or two shops, food places and a donut bar, along with two arcades. It is also literally every irish family’s tradition every year in the summer when you go to Tramore you get a take away in Dooley’s which is without a doubt the most amazing place ever!!!

WATERFORD CITY

Waterford is about two hours from Dublin and you can get bus or train to and from Waterford. We just went for a bit of shopping in the City and also were going to go to the Waterford Castle but it was closed for a private event so we couldn’t. Two little facts about Waterford, it is one of Ireland’s oldest towns, founded by the Vikings they called it weather fjord.

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN WATERFORD

  • Waterford Museum Of Treasures
  • Reginald’s Tower
  • Waterford Castle
  • Waterford Viking Triangle
  • House Of Waterford Crystal
  • Cathedral Of Most Holy Trinity
  • Greyfriars Municipal Gallery
  • Ballyback Castle
  • Geneva Barracks

I will be going back to do more at some point but any questions let me know! that’s it for Waterford… Kildare is next!

thank you for reading,

becca xo

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Top 10 Place’s I Want To Go

Top 10 Place’s I Want To Go

So today I thought i’d share with you the top 10 place’s I want to go in the world and few things id like to do there, this will be a long one so bare with me!

1. LOS ANGELES

It’s always been a dream of mine to visit LA, I mean who doesn’t want the LA experience and to live the LA life? I have to be typical tourist and go see the Hollywood sign and of course walk down the Hollywood walk of fame! I would love to bring my mam shopping in hills and take a trip to Santa Monica and the grove, I also have always wanted to see an American football game! But most importantly I have to go to Disneyland and the universal studios!!

2. NEW YORK CITY

For as long as i can remember my mam and i have always wanted to be in NYC for Christmas, i mean who doesn’t? every year you always see the most amazing pictures all over the internet of the beautiful decor and light’s all around the streets of New York. I’ve always wanted to arrive in New York just before Christmas and then leave just after New Years cause you have to go to times square for New Years!, and ice skating is a must.

3. ICELAND

I’ve just always wanted to see the Northern Light’s because they look amazing and of course I have to go to the Blue Lagoon.

4. HAWAII

I don’t have anything I really want to do in Hawaii to be honest. I’ve just always wanted to go and see the amazing island and I’d find something to do there haha.

5. AUSTRALIA

First off I got to hold a Koala and see some kangaroo’s and also just visit every wild life park and zoo’s they have.

6. THE BAHAMAS

Here’s just a mini list of some things I want to do,

  • go on a boat tour.
  • visit pink sand beach.
  • scuba & snorkelling.
  • visit Blue Lagoon Island.
  • go to Dolphin Cay.
  •  go on a nature and wildlife tour.
  • and most importantly I NEED TO SEE THE SWIMMING PIGS!!

That’s all for now but I’m sure there are more amazing things to do there I haven’t heard of yet.

7. THAILAND

Everywhere & everything looks so beautiful and amazing in Thailand I literally just want to see it all.

8. FERNFIELD

Literally one of my dream places to go for a simple little reason AIR BUD. As a kid and even now I love all air buds and buddies movies and I’ve always wanted to visit and have a golden retriever named Buddy , it’s a simple as that.

9. DUBAI

I don’t know what id do or where id go I just need to see Dubai.

10. AMSTERDAM

It’s the same with Amsterdam, I don’t know why i want to go so bad, i just do.

and lastly i want to visit ALL the Disneyland’s & Universal Studios in the world and see the Northern Lights from every angle possible.

thank you for reading,

becca xo