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Trip to Ireland & London ll

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Since my first blog on this subject I'm giving this a lot of thought. I've gotten some better prices for a round trip to Ireland. Then Ryan Air from Ireland to London return. I would be traveling alone, since no one in the family wants to travel in January. I've just sent my passport renewal. I'm pretty sure I am going for it. Thank you all for your advise and help.

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 10/31/2010 7:52AM

    Wish I was going with you.
RT to Dublin was the best I could get back in 09. Left from Newark around 11pm, arrived Dublin at 7am.

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/27/2010 12:55PM

    I love London. What a great choice. I travelled and lived there for 14 months. Ireland is beautiful as well, although I was there less than a week. I hope you get to spend a lot of time there.

Congrats on making it happen.

You are awesomesauce.

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CHRYS13 9/26/2010 1:54PM

    How wonderful ! What an amazing trip that will be! I've never been to Ireland (even though my dh is full-blooded Irish) and haven't been to London for nearly 20 years! (Where does the time go?!)
I'm so thrilled for you!

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LIZZCONN 9/26/2010 9:32AM

    Be very very careful of Ryan Air.... it's cheap, but watch out for the extra charges i.e. weight and number of bags, etc... I've been living in Ireland the last 12 years and have used Ryan Air ... it's afforded me to travel Europe, but they are trying to make it so you just walk on the plane with yourself... so just be cautious! Have fun! Bring WARM clothes as I see it's January you're visiting? Liz

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LADYIRISH317 9/25/2010 11:57AM

    I'm dying of envy!

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JOCALAT 9/24/2010 10:54AM

    Good for you....I hope you have wonderful time on your trip!!

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PUDLECRAZY 9/24/2010 6:34AM

    Yay! I really hope you do go for it. I wish I could go with you, we could egg each other on during the flight and have so much fun. You will be fine going it alone - it will be a huge adventure.
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 9/24/2010 5:00AM

   

Good for you. I will be a great holiday and get together.

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JANLEEW 9/24/2010 2:46AM

    Have a fabulous time. I hitchhiked alone in Ireland! That was a few decades back but everyone was very kind and helpful! The music is great also!

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SOFEDUPP 9/23/2010 11:25PM

    I am sure you will have a wonderful time!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/23/2010 10:40PM

  Yay!!! That's wonderful! I can't wait to hear all about your trip.

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Surprise party for aunt in London.........

Friday, September 17, 2010

My cousin called me from Ireland this evening regarding a surprise birthday party for our aunt. Our aunt has lived in London for more than 50 years. She goes back to Ireland for every special occasion and she has come to the states about 10 times in the past 40 years. She is childless, but treated all of her nieces & nephews like they were her own. Of my Mother's 10 siblings she is 1 of 4 still living.

I hate to fly, but I really want to go to this party. The 2 aunts there are the greatest. They have always been great to all of us. They were here with me 8 years ago for 2 weeks after my Mother passed. It is planned for January, ice & snow season yuk! The party will be in London, but if I do go I will have to go to Ireland to see some older relatives who will not be going to London. One is my mom's oldest living sister who is 85 with Alzheimer's disease. The other is an uncle, age 86, the husband of another aunt who has passed. I talk to him every 3 weeks or so, I would really like to see him. I also have at least 100 relatives from my Father's side, who I write & talk too regularly, whom I would love to see again too.

I've checked fares to London, one way, it will run $1000 + then 74 Euros from London to Ireland. Then from Ireland to Philly one way is $998. I'm thinking I should go to Ireland round trip. But not let Aunt May know that I am there, so as not to ruin the surprise. I think the cost will be much cheaper. Then just book a flight from Ireland to London, round trip for the party.
Then back to Ireland for a few day, and leave from there to the US. I bet that would be the most cost effective way to fly. I will check that out.

However, I am still not a happy flyer since 9/11. I have 2 sister with ailments here whom I help out as much as possible. Neither one would be available to fly with me to the party. My DH will not fly either. I would be going myself, not a happy thought. I want to go, but I am scared to fly. What to do???

We are having a family get together tomorrow. I will check to see if anyone would like to go with me. Maybe I can convince one of my siblings to go.

To be continued.

  
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CAPECODLIGHT 9/18/2010 7:56AM

    I assuage my post 9/11 nerves by always flying to Europe on a non-US carrier like KLM, Air France, etc. I figure they would be less of a target than American Airlines, for instance. My logic may be off, but it gives me just a little extra peace of mind.
The price of your ticket seems sort of steep. Try kayak.com for best prices, or sign up on TripAdvisor.com to be notified of deals on flights to the cities of your choice.
Only you can decide if you can go or not; so I won't advise you; but I don't regret for one minute the flights I've taken over the last several years. Good luck with your decision and keep your Spark Friends posted!

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MEOWMAMA3 9/18/2010 7:36AM

    Great advice from everyone and we'll all cheer you on! This party is really a once in a lifetime event for you...don't miss it if you can swing it!

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PUDLECRAZY 9/18/2010 7:16AM

    I want to go with you! emoticon But of course, I can't. However, as you well know, I'm in ths same club about flying. My trip is Oct. 14. Let's keep cheering each other on. Right now, I spend the end of each day reviewing the fact that the sky has been filled with uneventful flights all over the world, and people have been getting to their destinations comfortably and quickly. I still plan to get some anti-anxiety drugs before I leave, just in case I have a phobia attack, but I am really working on not needing them.

When I flew to China, I got a homeopathic called 'No Jet Lag'. It really worked for my sister and I. The day we arrived in Beijing after a 20 hour travel time, we hiked the Great Wall and visited The Forbidden City and Tianamen Square. That evening, the rest of the waiting adoptive families did not want to do any evening activities, but we caught a cab, had dinner out, and went to the Beijing Opera. We woke up refreshed and ready for our flight to Hunan Province early that morning. You can get No Jet Lag on line; some airports carry it.

You can do it! And you will have a great time.

Chris

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 9/18/2010 6:50AM

   

If you can go, go you'll never forgive yourself if you don't.

You don't want to miss an important family get together.

Hope you have a great time

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/17/2010 11:21PM

  Go!!! My DH hates to fly, but he will to get to London or Ireland. This party is too great an event to miss. I hope you do it! BTW, we usually get really good rates on Aer Lingus to Shannon or Dublin, then Ryan Air to London - DH says what you have found sounds too high, so definitely look into the round trip, as "open jaw" is much more expensive. Please keep us informed!

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Now to work my plan....

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I planned my meals this morning for this week. Then I went grocery shopping. Bought chicken, ground turkey, shrimp, salmon, beans canned tomatoes& tuna.. I went to the farmers market a couple of days earlier for greens, fruits, berries & veggies. I made turkey meat balls & spaghetti sauce for tonight and had more than enough for 2more meals for DH & I. I find if I plan my meals & snacks I am more likely to eat right so that is the plan. I want to loose another 15 lbs. I know I can do it with Spark People's help. Thanks friends for all of your encouragement and support.
Mary XX

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/17/2010 8:22AM

    Good plan, stick with it!

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JANLEEW 9/13/2010 10:12PM

    Now that's a plan. Work it!

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PUDLECRAZY 9/13/2010 9:08PM

    That's a great way to meet your goals!
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 9/13/2010 5:12AM

   

Way to go, planning what you want is the secret to keeping a budget and eating healthily.

It all sounds really delicous.

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CAPECODLIGHT 9/12/2010 9:13PM

    Good disciplined approach. I am doing m-u-c-h better at weekly meal planning but have a ways to go. Sounds like you have this one licked!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/12/2010 9:13PM

    I admire that planning! Sounds like a great way to do it. Someday I will get that organized. Maybe.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/12/2010 9:08PM

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Great day

Monday, September 06, 2010

We had a fantastic day. Family & friends were here for a barbecue. The young one's took off at 4 pm to do some white water rafting down the Delaware. The old fogies sat around talking, drinking & eating all the leftovers. We are about to have coffee, tea and desserts. The kids called, they will be back at 7:30 and asked us not to eat all of the goodies. It was a great day. I really enjoyed it. Hope yours was great too.

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/10/2010 5:26AM

    Good for you to have good times for you!

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SOFEDUPP 9/7/2010 12:37PM

    So glad you had such a wonderful day!!

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 9/7/2010 7:55AM

   

So pleased you had such a great weekend, just wait those "young ones" will be the old fogeys soon ..... wonder if they'll stand up as well as us old fogeys do now???

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/6/2010 11:20PM

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CHRYS13 9/6/2010 8:21PM

    So glad that you've had a wonderful day! You deserve it!
The weather here hasn't cooperated, so we did our best and played a game called "Farkle"...fun and laughter all around!

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CAPECODLIGHT 9/6/2010 6:25PM

    Sounds like a perfect holiday for young and old alike. I'm about to start our dinner - grilled portk tenderloin, corn on the cob and watermelon for dessert. Greast way to end a happy three-day holiday. Glad you enjoyed yours.

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LYNMEINDERS 9/6/2010 6:18PM

    it's really neat when we can look at our day and say it was great....especially when it has been a holiday....

Awesome....

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Happy Labor Day....

Saturday, September 04, 2010

to all of my SPARK friends. Make it fun and active!

  
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SOFEDUPP 9/5/2010 11:27AM

    Thanks, have a great day too!!!

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JOCALAT 9/5/2010 9:09AM

    Thanks you too

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/4/2010 11:29PM

  Doing my first half marathon in the morning - both fun & active!

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