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Trip Report Ireland----the isle of pleasant surprises!

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First, thanks to all of you who helped plan our Ireland adventure. As I posted earlier, it was a huge decision to forego France and head to Ireland. Did we miss France? Of course, but now we have a new country to love.

Day #1---Flight & Ennis

We started out our very long travel day with flights from Chicago--NY--Shannon on Delta. Uneventful, just what you want. Picked up a car at Dan Dooley ($434 for 13 days). Very efficient and easy.

Tired and jet lagged, it was good that we had a short ride to Ennis as the driving seemed difficult and we got lost for awhile in the town. Finally we found Grey Gables (www.bed-n-breakfast-ireland.com). Our first B & B, it was older but cute. The bed was comfortable, the room very clean, and Mary Keane welcomed us warmly. Right in town, the location was key as we didn't have to drive to dinner, etc. We were off to a good start.

We walked into town (cute with lots of shops). I spotted this children's shop, "Young World". I loved the dresses they had for my 2 granddaughters (ages 5 & 9), but I didn't buy as I was very tired and not up to decisions----BIG MISTAKE! But I'll get back to that later.

Then after a short nap we went to dinner at "Poet's Corner" at the "Old Ground Hotel"---excellent! As I am a foodie (& MDH is a work in progress on that subject) here goes:

Shrimp wrapped in filo pastry with spicy dip
Salmon with Burre Blanc sauce, veg & potato
Fish & Chips for MDH (he was sticking to the known)
Apple pie
2 wine
2 cappucinno
48 Euros total (not bad) and the food was great
The high end restaurant at the hotel looked very nice also.

Day #2---Off to Westport

We enjoyed our breakfast at Grey Gables. The open seating to meet other guests and the service was top knotch. There were many dishes to choose from, but we chose the "Full Irish Breakfast"---why not? Eggs, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, toast, juice, coffee---and of course we felt obliged to eat everything they put in front of us. Couldn't get the nerve to try the black pudding though. Yikes! That's more food than we would eat in a week of breakfasts at home. They'll be no lunch today!

To be continued---------

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