The Trip Home
9.10.12 - 9.11.12 59 °F
Our trip home was uneventful. One thing to keep in mind is that you should be at the Dublin Airport at least 3 hours in advance. Aer Lingus recommends that you arrive 3 hours 30 minutes in advance (terminal 2 for all international flights). There is a reasonable duty free shop, and you reclaim your VAT tax in the duty free area. Somewhat surprising is that you clear US customs and immigration in Dublin, so that you are spared that ordeal in your first US Airport. You will, however, have to re-screen through security.
Ireland was spectacular and well worth a trip there. The people are among the friendliest in the world and they are always looking for a way to help if you appear to be lost or confused. We found the food to be very good, and we relied on the recommendations of the front desk folks for good restaurants, and were never disappointed. Of particular note were the wonderful croissants for breakfast - the French would be envious (if that is possible).
Another amazing fact - in the twelve days we were on the island, it only rained as we were driving back to Dublin for our flight home. REALLY unusual, but well appreciated!
I don't recommend trying to do all the UK and Ireland in one trip unless you want to spend about 3 weeks or more overseas. England, Scotland and Ireland are three separate trips in order to give them the attention they require!
Submarine League Symposium in October
Two travel conventions in November
Allure of the Seas in December
Celebrity Equinox in January
Galapagos with Celebrity Xpeditions in March!