Day 7 – Swords, Boston, Washington D.C., and Dallas

We woke and returned our car to the Hertz outside the airport, which is very poorly signed. After making our way through the light security (in comparison to American airport security), we had Irish breakfast in the airport, which was surprisingly good. You’d think we would have been tired of it by now. The flight to Boston was very comfortable, and it should be noted that Aer Lingus was one of the best airlines I’ve ever flow. The staff was incredibly courteous, the in-flight food decent, and the entertainment selection excellent. And they gave us tea and biscuits.

Goodbye, Ireland. 😦

When we arrived in Boston, however, we learned that our flight had been cancelled. This was AFTER going through security to the terminals. The American Airlines people at the terminal told us we would have to exit the terminal and go speak to the check-in people in order to resolve this. We did that, only to learn that AA had no flights going to Dallas that day. They managed to get us on a US Airways connecting flight to Washington D.C., and then on to Dallas. We rushed to get to our other terminal, went through security again, and then flew to D.C. only to find that our flight to Dallas had been delayed by an hour. An hour later, it was delayed by another hour. An hour later, it was delayed by another hour. That repeating sentence was not a mistake. An hour later, it was delayed by another hour. Neither was that one. After a total five hour delay, we managed to get on a flight to Dallas. Thank goodness we have friends willing to pick us up from the airport in the middle of the night on a Monday morning. I know AA is having financial problems, but seriously?

Despite the horrid trip home, we left with an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The land and people of Ireland are truly great, and we could not have had a better honeymoon.

Day 6 – Bunratty and Swords

We shared another Irish breakfast at The Truffle Pig, and made our way through Killarney National Park to complete the Ring of Kerry. The lakes in the park were a beautiful sight, though the morning was wet and foggy. The roads through the NP were the most winding we had experienced yet, and Alexis was suffering from a pinched nerve induced by the hard mattress.

The lakes of Killarney NP

We were planning on driving back to Dublin for our last night in Ireland, but we figured we had time for one last castle on our way. The very nice Irish couple we had met on our Innisfallen tour suggested we visit Bunratty Castle, so we did just that. We made our way north to Limerick, and then west to the castle. Bunratty is an impressive sight, and tour tickets include access to the thatched village on the grounds. Bunratty has been meticulously restored, and it is possible to have dinner in the feast hall (for a hefty price). We also ran into the couple we had met at The Purple Heather once again, which was a pleasant surprise.

Bunratty Castle

Alexis’ back pain was worsening, and we had several hours of highway driving ahead of us, so we headed on to Swords, a suburb of Dublin where Dublin Airport is. We walked around Swords a bit, which also had a castle, though it was closed. Swords was a bit sketchy though, so we went back to our hotel, Travelodge Dublin Airport North Swords. The hotel was nice, and we had dinner at the diner inside the hotel. The food was passable, though not great. Our room was quite comfortable, though there was a group of people arguing loudly in the hall several times that night. Oh, the water in the shower could be set to burn-your-skin-off mode, which both of us experienced. We prepared to bid Ireland adieu the next morning.