We're home!!! We got home Friday evening and are now trying to get our bodies adjusted back to Texas time, but we've been up around 5:30 am both mornings. We won't be home for long, though... Alex leaves for a 3 day camp today in Galveston and we'll be staying in a hotel there. While she's at camp each day (it isn't an overnight camp), I plan on doing a lot of blogging!
So, here are the first few photos. My family (my dh's mom "Nana", dh's dad "Papa", dh's sister and her husband and their little boy) flew into Houston where we all met up. Then we flew to Newark for a 4 hour layover and then on to Ireland. (Above is a photo of Alex & her cousin playing in the Newark airport. He absolutely adores her!)
Our first view over Ireland was clouds and more clouds. But, it was beautiful! Over the highlands, the clouds almost looked like waterfalls. My camera was packed away but I finally knew I HAD to get some photos from the plane so I dug it out. Here is the River Shannon along with some houses and some of the beautiful Emerald Isle.
Most of our view (when there were breaks in the clouds) were of scenes like this.... lots of different patches of different colors of green. We had left Houston at about 9 am and it was now about 7 am in Ireland, though we felt like it was 1 am. Alex & I had only slept about 2.5 hours on the plane rides, but we knew we needed to try to adjust our bodies. (We took about 4 hour naps later on in the morning.)
We had about a 30 minute ride from Shannon to Limerick, which was our home base. Alex, Nana & I took a cab while the others took the rental car. Our cab driver was very friendly (as are most people in Ireland!) and informative. We even drove past our first 2 castles!!! And, what a strange feeling to be riding down the "wrong" side of the road.
We were also surprised at how different grocery shopping was. We didn't know you needed to bring your own bag. There might have been a place in that first store to buy reusable bags, but we didn't see any. Later, we did buy some of those bags. Anyway, we had a bunch of groceries and we had to just put them back in the cart and carry them in the house without sacks.
Later that day, we went out to explore Limerick. I need to finish some laundry and pack now, but I plan on blogging a lot in the next few days!