And -- let me tell you, it's been a blast helping the kids out with the planning!
|Shelly-n-Dominic, circa 2003 in CA|
-- their last vacation together.
There were a couple challenges to work with, of course, a limited budget being one obvious obstacle to high living. And, since Dominic and Michelle won't have a car in Ireland, they'll have to get everywhere on foot or via public transit. With big ole backpacks on their backs most of the time! (Oh, to be young and not to worry about throwing your back out while toting backpacks around Ireland!)
Here's the basic itinerary, for those who've asked:
1) They start out in Dublin tomorrow at an historic hotel in old Dublin, then move to a youth hostel on Friday night . We were able to reserve them a two-twin-bed private room at the hostel for safety, and the price was still very reasonable!
2) To be sure and be near Mass on Sunday, they'll take the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) to a suburb on the south end of the big city, where they'll be staying in a Bed and Breakfast in view of the harbor -- and a walk to Mass at St. John's -- until Monday.
3) Then they get to figure out their own lodgings and itinerary for a day or two. We figured that by Monday, they'll have a good idea of which way they'll want to go and explore -- so left it up to them. High on the list of possibilities is a train ride down to Wicklow to explore the countryside in the southwestern end of the island. But, who knows!
4) Wednesday finds them (better find them!) back in Dublin, ready to fly out again on Thursday -- Dominic, home to Colorado; Michelley back to Austria until the first of December.
|This photo was Dominic's last text to us, as he boarded the airplane in Denver,|
though he didn't actually say "Bye." He said: "Stromboli! Yum!"
We really are.
Here's to the land of the shamrock so green,
Here's to our lad and our darlin colleen,
Here's to all those we love dearest and most.
And God bless old Ireland, Heaven's outpost!