(read bottoms up for chronological progression)
Well, here it was. Our final day in Ireland for this year..
We began with our usual “Full Irish Breakfast” in the lovely Grand Hotel in Malahide, with a pensive MFO getting ready for the day of travel back home
Then it was once more into the breach, in this case the coach and all the familiar vagaries of travel. I must say, that the experience in the Dublin Airport was harrowing, they instituted a “clearing US customs’ procedure on site, which while it sounds attractive, resulted in TWO rounds of disrobing, showing your “stuff”, quite aggravating.
After surviving that in a foul mood, the final experience of air travel ensued, with its lines
At Dulles, the pain of the two shake downs in Dublin kind of paid off, since you went straight to the baggage claim.
And finally the journey ended in the same way it began
Standing in the rain in Hollywood (Md) Fire Hall by a Keller Bus, with the tireless Ed Cole helping everyone.
So ended another (last?) of our journeys to Ireland, a place that will forever hold a special place in my heart, along with new friends, JP McMahon, Michael Moran, Guinness (it REALLY IS different there) and the wonderful people who live there. And a big thank you to Pat and Ed Cole (of Cole Travel), and Dr. Henry Miller (of Historic St. Mary’s City) who make it not just another “trip”, but a gathering of friends old and new, enjoying seeing and learning about new places. And the strict adherence to