Our 3 week holiday was in 3 segments. One week in the south of Ireland, one week visiting relatives in England and the third week on the QM2 to New York. The weather turned just as we arrived in Dublin and we had sun every day until we boarded the ship to come home. Then it was various shades of grey all the way over across the North Atlantic with a generous dose of rain mixed in. This of course was OK since there is very little you can do to make an ocean horizon into a good picture.
Ireland was beautiful and highly recommended. We drove from Dublin south to Mt Joliet near Kilkenny then on to Cork and Killarny. The absolute highlight was Adare Manor in Adare near Limerick. From there we toured Dingle Peninsula and the Cliffs of Mohen, then back to Dublin. Besides getting in a lot of photography we had time to golf twice while in Ireland, which was a real treat.
Our short flight to Yorkshire allowed us a couple of days for Denise to shop with her family and me to golf with her cousin. A 4 hour train ride to my cousin in Devon gave us a taste of the efficient British Rail system. We stayed one night with them on their typical English farm and then all my other cousins came to Headlands Hotel near Torquay in Cornwall where we tried swimming in the frigid ocean, reminding me of my childhood days on vacations there.
We got to Southampton a couple of days before the ship sailed to give us a break from the relatives and do some final shopping for the grandkids. We had arranged the trip to return on the QM2 with Denise’s brother and his family. This is the couple some of you may remember were on the front page of the Independent a few months ago. It was the final leg of their world tour and we said we would join them. So we hit NY at 5.30 am and as you can see by the shot below, the statue of liberty was shrouded in fog or smog which was a disappointment.
All in all it was a memorable trip leaving us with yet another place (Ireland) to return to for a better look.