We arrived in Dublin late Wednesday after a wonderful day in the Boyne Valley. Our plan was to use Thursday to arrange shipping of our art equipment to Paris. The airline charged us so much to carry it as baggage that we could save 50% by using DHL…and they will deliver it to our door in Paris! However, Thursday morning our car would not start. Everything worked except the starter. After several hours on the phone with the rental company’s mechanics and an hour in the parking lot with an AA mechanic, it was decided that the car was dead and needed to be towed back to Avis. I hitched a ride in the tow truck with our art bags and then got a ride on the Avis shuttle to the airport. By 4:00 PM I was back at our hotel with our bags on their way to Paris.
Our flight to Paris yesterday was uneventful. Coming into customs and immigration took about 60 seconds. It’s much easier when you are traveling from another EU country than when coming from the US. We arrived at our friends, the Dumonts, an hour early. After greetings we settled into their studio apartment to unpack and relax. Later we joined JP and Elli for dinner and conversation.