From Shannon to New York City

Trip Start Jul 02, 2011
Trip End Jul 12, 2011

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Bed and Breakfast at the Park

Flag of United States  , New York
Sunday, July 10, 2011


We did manage to get a fairly good night sleep our last night in Ireland.  After showering, we headed down to breakfast. We all ate the full Irish breakfast. The hotel did it right- an egg, two slices of bacon, two pieces of sausage, a roasted tomato and mushrooms, and black and white pudding. It was delicious! 

We finished backing our bags and drove to the Shannon airport. We returned the rent a car and headed to check our baggage. We headed up to customs as we could go through customs for the USA  in Ireland instead of going through it in New York.

We had an hour and a half before we left so we went looking at the duty free shops just to kill some time. We boarded the plane for a seven hour flight to New York. The lunch and snack they served was good (in terms of airplane food). We watched movies, Greg read some of his book, worked on the last blog posted yesterday, and Evan played a couple of video games. We talked about our favorite things in Ireland. I am very glad we took this trip as a family, it was such a wonderful experience!

When we arrived in New York it was hot, noisy and crowded. We stood in line for a taxi at JKF for a half hour in the heat and humidity. My only saving grace was now that I was back in the States, I watched the end of the Cardinals v Diamondbacks game. We finally got a taxi and took what seemed to be an eternity ride to our B&B across from Prospect Park. There was no a/c in the cab. It was hot and very smelly. I was getting motion sickness and felt I was going to be ill. I thought to myself, I didnt get sick on the cruise to the Cliffs of Moher; and now I am going to get sick on the back of a taxi that doesn't have a barf bag! I made it to our destination needless to say without getting ill. 

Our B&B is called Bed and Breakfast on the Park. It is a lovely building that is directly across the street from a very large park named Prospect Park. The park has the Brooklyn museum, a lake that you can rent paddle boats, a zoo etc.... The b&b is decorated entirely in Victorian style. Our room is quite large and very cool (temperature wise).  After settling in we walked to Sarah and Avi's apartment, which was a few blocks away. They ordered traditional New York pizza for us. And we drank a beer or two and Evan finally got a root beer that he had been longing for all trip. We figured that Ireland only carries Ginger beer and not root beer. Evan loved the Ginger beer, but it wasn't the same as rootbeer. We showed Sarah and Avi some pictures from our trip. It already seems like it was so long ago- the beautiful shades of green, the ruins, the peace and quite, the cool temperatures and the very friendly Irish folk. Greg, Evan and I started feeling the effects of jet lag around 9:30 pm and walked back our b&b. Evan was suppose to stay the night at Sarah and Avi's but, he had a strong allergy attack to Larry the cat, plus Larry the cat punctured the air mattress Evan was suppose to sleep on. Poor Evan, he had to sleep on hide a sofa in our room.

Not sure what are plans are for tomorrow with temperatures hitting 93. Greg wants to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, or we could go to the park.....decisions, decisions.
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vicki on

LOL welcome to the good old USA. Glad YOU GUY'S are closer to home. Tell Evan it has rained almosted every day here. Jim and I went puddle jumping yesterday with the car. It sounds like you had perfect trip. I am happy for you. tell every body Hi for me.

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