Laughter is good for you.
I have often said it and I do believe it is true and it was certainly good for us during that trip we made for Fred with work in Ireland.
It's the trip that produced the blog post Top 10 things that make a good Hotel Room.
The first comment I had on that blog post was about a hospitality tray and it really made me laugh as I thought of a certain incident during that trip.
So where better to start my list of
1. The Missing ....?
It was in the same bedroom that had all those other failures of being a good hotel room and although it was something we definitely noticed we had to laugh at it because it just seemed so funny compared to everything else that was wrong in the room.
Have a look at this picture and see if you can notice the mistake.
Yes we were in a double room with 2 saucers & 2 spoons
but only 1 cup.
I can quite understand it if a spoon is missing because well who takes sugar these days (don't laugh - we do) but I certainly think we might need the cup to actually drink the tea or coffee out of.
2. No Room for a Chair.
Doesn't seem that funny well at least not until you see where there was no room for the chair.
Yes just the very place you need a chair - at the desk/dressingtable.
So little space between it and the bottom of the bed that a chair could not be placed there and the only way I could work at the laptop was to pull the bed down closer yet and sit on it.
Oh yes and guess what it was that same room again.
3. The Gift of a Crunchie.
In a lovely hotel near Athlone we were greeted with this in our room.
We wondered how they greeted guests on any other days.
"Make it a Malteser Monday"
"Turn in with a Twirl on Tuesday"
"Wake up to a Walnut Whip this Wednesday"
"Take a Taste of a Twix on Thursday"
"Sit down with some Smarties this Saturday"
"Snooze after a Snickers on Sunday"
4. The 9 Colours of Light.
One of the hotel rooms had a large wall mirror which was not unusual.
Then we discovered a panel with lots of buttons & switches beside the bed.
The buttons were numbered 1 to 9 so of course we had to press each one to see what it did.
And the result was the 9 different colours of light which appeared at the opt of the mirrored wall.
The last one was just normal light but hasn't come up well in the picture.
It was rather hard to take all 9 pictures of the lights because I was giggling so much.
I just thought - What a waste of money!
5. The Picture Mystery.
The very next hotel brought us this puzzle.
How could they possibly manage to lose two parts of their pictures?
6. The Cow Roundabout.
I enjoyed walking around this little town with its narrow streets and just as I realised I had got myself lost I saw this large roundabout with a cow.
Now I have nothing against roundabouts with animals as we had a beautiful one close to where we lived in Belgium but then it had several animals creating the Tervuren Fountain.
It always made me smile.
I really wasn't too sure whether it was the cow that made me laugh or because the roundabout was too big for the streets.
7. The Case of the Missing Hotel Information Books.
We wanted to find out the usual information about the opening hours of the hotel pool and restaurants along with info. on the surrounding area and the ever important checkout time. So we hunted the room for the Information book or file.
The only thing I could find was a plastic covered page containing the Room Service Menu which had a rather ragged edge (never thought at the time to take a picture).
Eventually I rang reception to say that the hotel information was missing from our room only to be told that they had removed them from all of the rooms because
wait for it
they were getting new ones the following week.
Surely the sensible thing would have been to remove the old after they had received the new?
They must not have thought of that.
Oh and the ragged edge of the Room Service Menu - was obviously because they had torn it out of the old info. book to be able to leave it in the room.
8. The Foggy Morning.
Our last morning was the morning when there was to be an eclipse of the sun but in Clonmel there was
as we had fog to cover the sun.
9. The Toilet Key.
Driving back home late that afternoon we had to make a pit stop.
and I laughed when Fred held up the key on a chunky chain.
I had only ever seen that happen in the movies.
10. A Very Appropriate Song.
We enjoy listening to music and chatting as we drive along.
Then at one stage Fred started to sing "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" at which I really laughed because we were actually driving through the County of Tipperary.
Then I suggested we might make a wee detour to go see
Tipperary town itself and we followed a few signposts only to find out that it actually was a Long Way to Tipperary from where we were.
One of the hotels did give us a complimentary bottle of Tipperary water so that just had to be our Tipperary memory instead.
Oh and I almost forgot to mention that the
first thing we saw on TV in Ireland was the film
"The Quiet Man"