Every now and then, a challenge puts out a question I find really hard to answer. This is one of them.
I had to think about this for a while, but I finally decided it was our Honeymoon trip to Ireland. At the risk of asking a stupid question, what was not to like? The people were friendly, the places we stayed were lovely and often interesting. Most of them were B&Bs and the owners were accommodating, knew local history, had great ideas on where we might like to go AND they could cook.
There were cool places to buy clothing. We were both serious about clothing back then because we actually had places to wear dressy clothing. And just to add a touch of gravitas, we liked dressing up. Garry got to wear his cool clothing on TV, but I had to wait for an occasion. Back then, we had occasions.
We went to every pub we could find. There were storytelling pubs and singing pubs. I discovered that you can start AND end the day with Irish coffee, while Garry discovered porter. I eventually pointed out they they didn’t call it porter for nothing, so he switched to Hennessey. Problem solved!
If one place we planned to go was crowded, we went somewhere else. We got lost, got found, got lost and eventually realized as long as we got to the airport in time for our flight home, it didn’t matter. We had no agenda, no specific plans.
We wanted to find the place where John Ford shot, “The Quiet Man.” We found it. It turned out that nothing else of any importance had ever happened in the tiny village of Cong, so basically the town was still more or less the same way it was for the movie. Everyone had memories and photos from when movie. We got to see how they managed to shift scenes between areas that were absolutely non-adjacent. Great editing made it look like one place.
We had a wonderful time. I discovered mead and since it was our honeymoon, we could have all of it we wanted. I then discovered a hangover — my one and only. Garry got to be the sober driver and I got to sing happily in my stupor while Garry had to maneuver the car on what was, to us, the wrong side of the road.
Ah Ireland. We always meant to go back again but somehow, it never happened. We did other things. A couple of cruises, two wonderful trips to Disney World, a lot of long weeks on Martha’s Vineyard. The Cape, the White Mountains, Jackman Maine, Tampa, two amazing trips to Arizona, a couple to California. Every single vacation was great. We had occasional issues with weather and a few places that weren’t as nice as they should have been, but we never let this stuff ruin our vacation.
I think one of the great proofs of a good relationship is the ability to travel together and enjoy it. We started traveling together early in the relationship and we had fun — every time.
We don’t travel much anymore, but what little we do? We still love it!