Since graduating from college, I’ve only been with my mama on Mother’s Day three times. Living in different cities makes it tricky to maneuver. I didn’t expect to be together for another Mother’s Day while I was living in Europe, but it turns out the timing of our Irish rendezvous fell over Mother’s Day! Perfect timing!
The morning started with a brief break from the windy, Irish roads…if you consider taking a car ferry to be less scary!
Once we were successfully across the water (phew!), we went to the land of sparkly things – also known as the House of Waterford Crystal! We saw the world’s largest champagne flute…
…and a very large crystal clock!
Then, we saw a peak behind the curtain at how they make all of their beautiful crystal. There is a 5 YEAR training program for their master craftsmen! At the end of the program, they have three tries to execute their function flawlessly. Otherwise, they have to do another 5 years of training! Needless to say, they are experts!
After talking myself out of buying any crystal due to luggage constraints, we were off to the coastal town of Kinsale for some fish & chips at Fishy Fishy Café!
Kinsale was super adorable – full of brightly colored building right on the water! Unfortunately, it started to rain when we finished lunch. It was SUPER windy, and after walking around for a bit, we decided to skip the old fort and head to our hotel in Cork.
We stayed at Hayfield Manor, which was just lovely (even if our room still wasn’t ready at 5pm…don’t worry, this resulted in free breakfast AND champagne & treats brought to our room as a peace offering)!
They had a couple of delicious restaurants on-site. I was beyond excited for a delicious entrée salad at Perrotts Garden Bistro – something that’s hard to find in Switzerland!
Grateful for the chance to celebrate my mama in person on Mother’s Day!