On To The Next Phase

We have talked for some time about taking some time for an RV travel phase to allow us to see more of the US at a leisurely pace.  We almost took the plunge about a year and a half ago and when we got back to the US in March, we decided that now is the time.

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So we have completed the purchase of a 2012 Winnebago Sightseer, Model 30A.  We have been looking at somewhat larger motorhomes and had thought we would want something in the 33 or 34 foot range.  But we were impressed with the floor plan of this 31 foot model.  It has a “living room” slide on the driver’s side and a very large slide on the passenger’s side that enlarges both the kitchen and bedroom.  This gives it a much bigger feeling than you might expect for its length.

Over the next few weeks we will be getting the tow equipment installed that will allow us to take our Honda CR-V along with us and acquiring some of the items we need to provide storage organization and for making it our home.  We are also planning some nearby practice outings to build our experience and confidence before we venture out on any long term trips.

We’re looking forward to this new travel phase and the variety of experiences it will bring.

Dublin and St. Patrick’s Day

When we first began planning for this trip, we didn’t initially set an objective to be in Dublin, Ireland, (pics) for St. Patrick’s Day.  But when we laid out our timeline and found ourselves ending up in Ireland in early to mid-March we figured it made sense to time our arrival into Dublin to coincide with this event.

Dublin

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Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny (pics) looks like you would expect a small Irish village to look.  The town sits alongside the River Nore with a well preserved 800 year old castle on one end and St. Canice’s Cathedral with its 10th century tower on the other.  The town center is compact with tangled passageways, brightly colored old-fashioned shop fronts and centuries old pubs.

Kilkenny Castle

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Waterford, Ireland

The city of Waterford (pics) celebrated its 1100th anniversary in 2014, making it Ireland’s oldest city.  As such it has Ireland’s oldest complete building, Reginald’s Tower, built in the 12th century.  With 10 to 12 foot thick walls, over the years it has served as an arsenal, a prison and a mint.

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The city sits along the River Suir only about 10 miles from Ireland’s east coast.  And of course, this is home to Waterford Crystal which has been making glass here since 1783.  After more than 230 years, today they turn out around 60,000 pieces of crystal each year.