Day 1

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 - The trip started out badly when our connecting flight from Buffalo to JFK wasn't allowed to land at JFK due to heavy rains. We didn't have enough fuel to circle for long, so we landed in Newburg. We finally reached JFK just as our Aer Lingus flight to Dublin was taking off. Luckily they were able to get us onto a later flight that night.

I'll throw in a few general conclusions about the trip here, since few readers will make it to the end of this site. In fact, I don't recommend trying to view all these in one sitting, after all it took us 16 days.

From all the travel guides, we expected it to be cold and rainy pretty much every day. In fact, it was the opposite. We only had two days that were what I'd call rainy. In Ireland, we even had to use the car's air conditioning occasionally. The B&B breakfasts in both countries were generous and similar. The "full Irish" or "full Scottish" generally included an egg, several meats, black pudding (not a pudding at all), and cooked tomato. The Scottish also offered haggis, which I declined. About the food in general, I can't honestly say you take a trip to these two countries for the food. Now, for the drink is another matter. Good beer was always available. Although the tour guides didn't mention it, the toilet paper was consistently excellent, thick and longer sheets than we have.

Note: All photos taken with iPhone 4S.

Day 1