So here we sit at Shannon Airport in the Radison Inn waiting for 6am to go across to the airport to check in. It was a good and a sad day. Our first outting was to the Claddagh Church for Mass at 10 am. Then to Arabica for Breakfast. French toast was very good. One little girl wanted to say hi to Santa. She was quite shy but really thought she was seeing the real guy.
We went back and tried to finish packing, clean up the kitchen and get ready to leave. We thought once we were ready we might go out for a walk, but then what happened…. The rains came. We did go up to Meteor after a very frustrating phone call to them by Denis. He ended up finding out he has to call in the morning or tuesday to cancel his phone service so they won’t be charging him automatically. Mine was fine since it is a monthly one and you have to go on line and use your credit card to add minutes. It will just die off and then the next person can use it.
We had some cheese and crackers – nothing in the house to drink but water. I had thrown everything out. We heard a knock on the door and lo and behold it was a happy surprise – Irene had come on her way to lunch to say good bye again. I hope they come to visit us some time. I know we will be back to see them.
Frank Fahey called and confirmed he would be picking us up so we were ready by 3:15. He came at 3:30 as arranged and we headed out. We went first to near Gort to see the Castle that WB Yeats had renovated for his wife George. It is fabulous and in a lovely location. Then he took us to an ancient monastic site which is so great. There is a huge leaning tower there, an active cemetery and lots of additional buildings. Looks like a smaller version of Clonmachnoise. Was happy to see it. I asked him if they would consider doing a tour around easter County Galway which would include Athenry. He had a list of places that could go on such a tour and he said they would name it after me. We had a drink at the hotel and then said farewell to Frank.
After getting rid of our coats we went down to dinner and are now in our room watching TV and contemplating sleep even thought it is only 7:30. So tired and know tomorrow will be a very long day.
Will write some tomorrow about our return and our feelings about being back home. It has to happen so I guess that withdrawl will be normal. We were laughing over dinner about where we could go for a drink. No place compares to any place in Galway. Never did go out to drink so I guess that phase of life is over for a while.
My camera battery seems to have died after 5 months on the job. I realize I took a ton of pictures so the question will be if I have to store it in my big bag since all electronics have to be in working order to go on carry on. Hope no one steels it.
Wish I had some pictures from today but sadly the camera was not working. Frank is going to send me some pictures he took and I will add them later.
Be well all and see you on the other side of the pond. And I am still waiting for additional comments about whether to continue to blog or not?