I flew Delta business class to Ireland.  I left from Atlanta (ATL) and flew to Dublin (DUB) by way of  Shannon Airport (SNN) in Limerick. Ireland is really beautiful from the air.

Delta business class to Ireland has plenty of legroom!

Delta business class to Ireland has plenty of legroom!

Wow! Look! I can stick my legs straight out and I don’t even touch the next seat up!

I had my own GPS, so I could see where I was. Delta business class to Ireland

I had my own GPS, so I could see where I was.

A delicious snack. Delta business class to Ireland

A delicious snack.

I’m not a great flyer, so I was pretty knocked out on Dramamine. They had to wake me up to eat.

We flew into the sunrise. Delta business class to Ireland

We flew into the sunrise.

The sun rose as we flew. This is what I could see out the window whenever I woke up.

And there it is! My first view of Ireland!, Delta business class to Ireland

And there it is! My first view of Ireland!

And there it is! My first view of Ireland!

What a beautiful island! Just as green as I imagined!, Delta business class to Ireland

What a beautiful island! Just as green as I imagined!

I took dozens of photos that all look pretty much like this. What a beautiful island! Just as green as I imagined!

Ireland from the window of the plane

Ireland from the window of the plane

Ireland from the window of the plane, Delta business class to Ireland

Ireland from the window of the plane

After nearly everybody got off at Shannon Airport, we took off again to Dublin.

It is really hard to figure things out from the air. What river is this? Delta business class to Ireland

It is really hard to figure things out from the air. What river is this?

Flying over the mountains, Delta business class to Ireland

Flying over the mountains, Delta business class to Ireland

Flying over the mountains, Delta business class to Ireland

Flying over the mountains

Dungarvan Bay, the Cunnigar, a 2 mile sandbar

Dungarvan Bay, the Cunnigar, a 2 mile sandbar

Dungarvan Bay, the Cunnigar, a 2 mile sandbar

Dungarvan Bay, the Cunnigar, a 2 mile sandbar

Dungarvan Bay, the Cunnigar, a 2 mile sandbar

Dungarvan Bay, the Cunnigar, a 2 mile sandbar

And there’s Dublin Airport!

And there’s Dublin Airport!

Customs and Imigration at Dublin Airport

Customs and Imigration at Dublin Airport

Customs and Imigration at Dublin Airport

Customs and Imigration at Dublin Airport

They checked my passport.

Then I went to get my rental car. They’d given it away. I was even about a half hour early from when I told them I was getting in. With some insistence, they called around and found another car for me elsewhere. They took me to a little building somewhere in Dublin and I rented what they had left, a tiny little stick-shift car that had been waiting to have the tires changed. They marked all the dents. But it was sure better than no car at all.

The rental car was a bit dinged and needed new tires.

The rental car was a bit dinged and needed new tires.

They explained I could have it for the weekend, then come back to trade it for the car I had reserved.

Hyundai Atos

My Hyundai Atos

So, sitting on the right, changing gears with my left hand, they turned me, jet-lagged me, loose in Dublin. I kept pressing the gas for the clutch, since everything else was backwards. Fortunately it restarted easily every time I stalled out.

I had mapped out my route from picking up the car at the airport. Now I had no idea where I even was.  I circled, learning the car, staying off main roads, until I saw a sign saying I was in Swords. I found it on my map, and drove straight to the Crannmor Country Guest House in Trim.

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