Follow the Vikings

Vikings

Follow The Vikings Roadshow came to Waterford on the Easter weekend. I guess, attendance would be greater if the festival took place on some other weekend, but what to do – even Google never does Easter Doodles  At least we know for sure that the Vikings have been eventually converted 

Follow the Vikings

Familiar streets look different. Amazing actors and dancers from many European countries came to Waterford- or rather Veðrafjǫrðr– to celebrate our viking heritage. Famous for their spectacular performances, the Roadshow will tour another seven viking locations (twelve altogether) in the UK, Spain and Scandinavia.

Follow the Vikings

Follow the Vikings

Follow the Vikings

Follow the Vikings

Follow the Vikings

Follow the Vikings

Follow the Vikings

I only caught a glimpse of the night show, but you can see plenty of images on their website.

Follow the Vikings

Follow the Vikings

 

 

Ancient viking civilization made a major impact on European history and culture. Far from being just barbaric raiders, the vikings left the legacy that is still evident today in various parts of the world.

You can learn more about the Viking roadshow here: https://www.followthevikings.com/ Check out, may be it is coming to a town near you.


Meanwhile, many other Viking clans came over and camped in Cathedral Square, the heart of The Viking Triangle. Craft making and sale, musical numbers and fights – everything for your entertainment.  You can have many of your viking-related questions answered here.

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Vikings

Vikings

Vikings

Vikings

Vikings

Vikings

And this is our own Citric the Viking. Undercover 😉 To see him in his glory, visit the King of The Vikings virtual reality show.

Vikings

The Viking virtual reality show is my favorite attraction in the city, and #1 ranking by TripAdvisor. They opened last summer and I went there three times. Once you put the headset on, you will find yourself in the middle of the viking invasion, up to your eyes in the water swimming between the burning longboats and under the flying arrows. You will love it.

King of the Vikings virtual reality show website  http://www.kingofthevikings.com/  Booking essential.

As I happened to live in the Viking Triangle and came from the land of viking heritage, everything ‘viking’ captivates me. Including literature. I share a link to Shehanne Moore’s blog, because I absolutely love her book The Viking and The Courtesan (Time Mutant series), and her other books too. Please visit Shehanne’s blog, but watch your feet so that you don’t step on a hamster 😉

Some music from Youtube to complete this post 🙂

www.inesemjphotography.com Have a wonderful weekend!

87 comments

  1. That looks like a pretty cool experience. We’ll be passing through your neighborhood in about 3 weeks on a tour, hopefully they’ll have something interesting to show us.

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    1. Ah pity you will miss Spraoi festival this weekend. I will check the events and let you know. I am leaving in four weeks, so I might see you, especially if you are going to visit Waterford Treasures.

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      1. Thanks, Inese. I’m not sure of the schedule. I know the tour calls for hitting the House of Waterford Crystal in the afternoon and suggests an evening “entertainment” (music and singing) that I assume is canned for tourists, but I’m not sure of how much free time we’ll have unless we do the evening on our own. As a local, what/where would you recommend for an evening?

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        1. In town, you might try Geoff’s pub, at the Apple Market. If it is a weekend, something might go on in the Apple Market itself. Geoff’s is an old pub, very Irish. Also you can google The Reg to check out the gigs. The Reg is very popular, and location is lovely – next to the Reginald Tower, The Dragon Slayer Sword and the boat. The gigs typically start after 20.00. If you only do the Crystal with your operator, try the Medieval Museum to see the breathtaking collection of Catholic vestments, and the King of the Viking virtual show. Last admission at 5pm. All of these are within 1- 10 minutes walk from each other.

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          1. Pity you couldn’t come this weekend. We enjoyed Spraoi parade and all the performances. I will put up a couple of blogs in September. Wishing you a delightful trip full of adventures. If you have more questions, just ask 🙂

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          2. Dave, this summer is very different, and the forecast cannot be trusted. I only check the forecast in the morning. This week was expected to be chilly and rainy, but it was warm and dry. Good I didn’t cancel anything. I wouldn’t bring beach clothes though 🙂 This part of summer is over. Stay on the safe side, be prepared for showers. Temperature can be reasonably expected to be between 15-18 C.

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  2. Fantastic! Waterford plays host to many exciting events, as I have found from reading your blog. I think the most popular type of historical event over here is in America, the Civil War Re- enactors. Think I’ll pop over to Shehanne’s blog!

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    1. Resa, if you have time for books, this is the place. I absolutely love Shehanne’s novels.
      Vikings the same as knights are a huge part of the modern culture. You only understand it at the gatherings like this one, when the Vikings begin to arrive from different countries just to meet up 🙂 They are reenactors, technically, but in fact it is who they are at heart.

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  3. Oh, my goodness, Inese. Great photos and that looks like so much fun. I just showed my husband so we can time our vacation someday around the Viking festival. My favorite picture is the two little girls in green. How wonderful. 😀

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  4. What a fabulous set of pics. This looks amazing! Like you, I have always been intrigued by their culture and civilisation – I’d sooner have been a woman in Viking times than Roman times, that’s for sure… So long as I wasn’t a slave, of course! Thank you so much for sharing these:))

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    1. Thank you! It is a huge project that involves European countries with the viking connection 🙂 The show was absolutely spectacular, besides it took place under the mirrored roof that added to the effect. Pity I wasn’t able to stand there the whole hour, but the video gives the idea.

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        1. The Vikings are a big part of our history. We don’t necessarily have to glorify them, but we do have to appreciate what they have done. We wouldn’t be the same without them.
          Just finished your book 🙂

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the roadshow. These fierce looking Vikings were the most friendly and well organised group ever 🙂 Not even for a minute they ceased to be Vikings. Great actors indeed. The second show ended well after midnight and I can only imagine how exhausted they were.

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  5. What a coincidence. Weird. I was just talking about Vikings and learned that Normandy in France is named after ‘Norse Men’. They obviously got about a bit. Brilliant photographs, Inese.

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  6. I agree with Sarah that the Viking weans are adorable, but the adult Vikings are pretty fearsome looking. Thank God Brian Boru put them in their place. 😉 Wonderful photos as always, Inese, thanks for the music and the links, too.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 Yes, some seriously looking folk, but they were children-friendly, gave ‘high fives’ and posed for pictures. They gave two splendid performances with stunning visual effects and choreography. In Ireland, they toured Dublin and Waterford. Tomorrow they are somewhere in Spain.

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  7. Spectacular photos, Inese!!! What a wonderful event, it must have been so much fun! Love the mini-Vikings in their green coats. 😉 Wish they would come here too, but Berlin has never been part of the Viking empire – lol! Well, at least I can watch them on TV. 😉 Have a lovely weekend! xxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I think this particular project only involves UK, Scandinavia, Spain and Ireland. But I am sure there are many more Viking festivals around the Europe.
      Hope your week is great! xxxxxx

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