We left for Jacksonville Int’l airport on Monday evening. Our spirits were high and we were beyond excited. Once we got in line to board our airplane to
After standing in line for some time and speaking to everyone around us (including a Delta staff member) it looked as though we were not going to make it to Atlanta that evening as we were the fourth flight in que to leave (once flights were again permitted to travel to Atlanta).
I was, to say the least very panicked. I had waited so long for this day and it really looked as though our trip was going to be delayed. Once we reached the service desk we explained our situation. The woman at the ticket counter told us there were a couple of seats left on the first flight in que to
She has no guarantee when we would leave and if we would catch our connecting flight, but it was our best chance.
Luckily it only took about 45 more minutes and we then boarded the plane to
I was still very stressed wondering if the bad weather would be too dangerous to fly in or if it would keep our plane headed to Dubling from leaving.
Once we took off I looked out the window and noticed the double rainbow. I knew at that very moment that everything was going to be OK… and I would make it to
The rest of the flight went smooth and we left for
We did not sleep well on the overnight flight as it was horribly uncomfortable. When we got close to
We flew over
I then saw
We landed at (
By the time we got our rental car, picked up our luggage and withdrew our Euros, our lack of sleep hit us like a ton of bricks. We tried finding our way around
Ty was having a hard time acclimating to driving in the right side of the car on the left side of the road. We also had a manual which he has to shift left handed.
SIDE NOTE----We did see this store which was very amusing… only in
Needless to say we took the wrong road out of
We went inside and were instantly comforted by the familiarity (though it really looked like a McDonalds of the 80’s). OH, and BTW… the big and tasty had some weird sauce on it and was not so tasty. ANYWAY, we asked for the manager who was soooooo friendly and drew us a map with directions to Kilkenny.
So, we arrived at the B & B an hour before our check in time. Tom and Val (the owners) were very sweet and let us go ahead and check in. We were so wiped out that we decided to nap and shower before anything else.
Our nap was a life saver and we woke up a couple of hours later refreshed and ready to actually ENJOY being in
Our B & B is comfy and charming and our host and hostess are amazing.
side of B&B (love the red ivy, it is everywhere here):
Back garden (note the clothes line. they dry linens here)
With suggestions from Val, we headed out by foot to have dinner in the town of
As promised, Ty took a picture of me with my first real reaction to being in
The walk into Kilkenny town is amazing, with a nice view of some ruins, the river and Kilkenny castle
This is like a post card. A picture you see and say, “Oh I wish I was there”. We could not believe we actually WERE standing there
The grass is so unbelievably green, pictures do not do it justice
A side street of houses, just before the center of town:
As we neared the restaurant, we passed this beautiful church and cemetery sitting on the corner:
Our first Irish restaurant, Langton’s, where the food was amazing. Ty ate Braised Lamb and I had an Irish Lamb Stew. They had live Irish music and I drank my first Guinness. I normally detest Guinness, but had heard it was different in
We then walked back to the B & B and retired for the night, surrounded by the smell of lavender in our room.