We were 21 (way back in 1974!!!) Our first stop, for three days, was Cape Cod, which was just an hour or so away. We stopped in to see my dear great aunt, who was in her 90s, to give her my bouquet. We then spent a couple relaxing days just resting up and being amazed at being married, and college graduates (10 days earlier.)
We then flew (only my 3rd flight ever) to Shannon, Ireland, and toured around for a week, visiting the West coast and driving cross country (about 3 hours!) to Dublin. It was a scary time, as I believe there were IRA hunger strikes going on and there had been some acts of violence in the Republic, if I recall.
For the second week, we flew to London from Dublin. Even my husband got a little airsick, as the plane must have been flown by a former RAF pilot; we both remember a very steep descent and were most relieved to be on the ground. We stayed near Kings Cross, and I remember a little lady scurrying into the room every morning with our tea, corn flakes and roll (breakfast was always included back then, even in inexpensive hotels like that one - London Tara at the time, I think.) We visited the London Zoo, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace…just adored it.
My sweet in-laws gave us the honeymoon as their wedding gift and the total was $379/person, including airfare, car in Ireland, vouchers for B&Bs in Ireland, and the week’s hotel in London!!! That’s when we were bitten by the travel bug, and are still in love with traveling; London is still up there with our favorite places. When the girls came along, we just toted them with us!
I will always be grateful to the late in-laws for their wonderful, memorable gift of that honeymoom.