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.
Wow! Look! I can stick my legs straight out and I don’t even touch the next seat up!
I’m not a great flyer, so I was pretty knocked out on Dramamine. They had to wake me up to eat.
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!
I took dozens of photos that all look pretty much like this. What a beautiful island! Just as green as I imagined!
After nearly everybody got off at Shannon Airport, we took off again to Dublin.
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.
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.