Crossing Over into Ireland
Leaving Bristol, we made a stop at Cardiff (in Wales), where we did some sightseeing
and had a look at Cardiff Castle (shown here). Along the entrance to the castle are many
carved statues of animals. I didn't go inside, since I was starting to get castled out
already! I wandered around the area, took a look at some of the markets. I
spotted a rather interesting food shop sign in one of them
(Interesting, that is, for an American!).
While in Cardiff, I spotted a French version of "The Fifth Element" movie
poster that I immediately snatched up. It's now framed in my apartment. Hey, movies
are my life!
We then took a long bus ride across Wales to the town of Fishguard, where we caught the
ferry across the Irish Sea to Rosslare, Ireland. I slept through most of the ride,
or chatted with my fellow tourists. I was impressed when we got to the docks.
I tell ya, this ferry was nice, and huge! There
were about 9 levels (including the parking area, which we drove the entire bus into and
disembarked). It had several food court areas and great lounges where you could sit
and read or simply watch the water go by. I think they had a few gambling casinos,
as well, but they weren't open (bummer!). It was a nice leisurely ride: about 3
hours to Ireland.