It probably wasn’t like this for the Pilgrims in Plymouth in 1421… but I’ll more than take An American-Irish Thanksgiving in Dublin.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this, masks, double dose certificates at the Radisson Blu Royal.
And certainly not what the Pilgrims laid before the natives…
Dried meat and fish, grains and flour, dried foot, cheese and hard biscuits.
Chow on chowder
Thankfully culinary fashions have changed and we dined on New England chowder, mini burgers and wings.
All the time listening to the band belting out American standards.
And over to my old friends in California.
Now that the borders are open again.
Now like a kid in a candy shop the difficult thing is what to choose first.
Our American Travel Fair resumes in Florida in May.
Orlando, woah, woah, woah
So all roads lead there… to Orlando.
Now if the Pilgrims thought that New England was a good enough starting point to explore the New World who am I to disagree.
The eastern seaboard collection of states and commonwealths I know well from a summer in Boston after university and day trips to New Hampshire.
Connect with Connecticut
But I’m grateful here to Sue from Connecticut for clueing me in on her state.
You might be familiar with Mark Twain name-checking it in his time-travelling tome A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur.
And you’ll find everything you want to know about the Great American and his great creations Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in his museum here.
And also take in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house and get a glimpse of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
She’d be known today as HBS but back in the day to Abraham Lincoln she was ‘the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.’
It’s a rich old history and one I can’t wait to add to in 2022.
But for now it’s enough to acknowledge my dear old friends and embrace (with an elbow nudge) my new ones.
With an American-Irish Thanksgiving in Dublin.