Oh God, ages and birthdays and dates, I always wonder how this can be so difficult to get right!
OK, I've just finished the series and now have waded through the nitpicking thread. I don't think I have much that is brand new to offer, just echoing some earlier ones.
I watched the first few series back when it first aired. I was actually in my final year of college and it was a great escape for me. At that stage I was only a few years older than Rory and similar age to the high school actors, I had some weird daydreams about going to America and playing some kind of year abroad student at Chilton student. Anyway after series 3 I went abroad and never got watching the rest, but I've burned through them all now, ( and feeling very old at the thought that I'm closer to Lorelei's age at the end). I really enjoyed it again and I think i could be less disappointed than most with later seasons knowing that it's not the end.
OK, so the one that really, really annoyed me was the wedding in France. I know it's been said before, but that is absolutely crazy. Loads of foreigners have a wedding in France but they have to do the legal thing in the country they're living in. And if they're having a church wedding the celebrant won't do it until they see the certificate, even if you're French you need to go to the registry office first. There are other countries in Europe where you can get legally married in a church without living there, Spain, for example, but the church will still want to see plenty of paperwork and that takes time. In Gibraltar you can get married with very little notice, but I think it's a little bit longer than in the days of John and Yoko. Anyway, that one just annoyed me a lot, because I'm sure somebody who doesn't knows these things could find out in a 2 min google search. ( I suppose it happened post GG but just reading today that Brad and Angelina had to get married in America before their French wedding).
Getting a train to Ireland, I already knew about that one before watching as I'd seen this thread:
Anyway, yeah, it does sound very weird. Yes, as has been pointed out, you can get the sail and rail, the train from London and then ferry. I've never done it because a flight is so much handier, but my sisters live in London and sometimes do, especially if they have a lot of luggage or they left it too late to book flights. They would always say they were getting the ferry though, even though they have to get the train first. If Lorelei and Rory were on a Eurail pass there would be a discount for ferries so it might make sense for them to go that way rather than fly, though you would just think they'd say, 'so we got the ferry to Ireland', or just keep it vague, 'so we just headed over to Ireland'. I started thinking of a story I studied for my leaving, Nora Mharcais Bhig, from Scothscéalta, where this young woman takes the train from the west of Ireland to London. I remember we all laughed at it in class. Oh, and she was an unmarried mother to be too, even if the story was as vague as it could be about it. Ok, rambling on again...
Regarding the time off from Yale and the fact it would need to be requested in advance, I'm sure Rory is not the first person who had a bit of a meltdown, or some other reason for dropping out and then pulled herself together and wanted to return. There would be ways around that even if they don't specify them. I actually appreciated that story as I would have been someone who always did well in school, got the best grades out of my year, was always looking forward to university and then... well I just couldn't seem to make any impression. I was only 17, so could probably have just thought some more about whether what I was doing was for me and maybe started again, but I had the pressure of loads of siblings coming after me and if I repeated a year it was more to pay... Anyway I continued on and unfortunately had my meltdown in my final year, which per all rules i knew you couldn't repeat. My tutor mentioned something about a hearing and presenting my case. I buried my head in the sand, but she came back to me, having presented my behalf. I will always be so grateful to her. Anyway, I know I've gone off topic, but basically I think somebody like Rory, who had always done well - for her to just quit like that, there was obviously something going on and I'm sure universities would consider that when they come back and even if we don't see it there's probably somebody in the background who would be following up with her, whether she listens or not. (Oh and not so much nitpicking, but I didn't really get Lorelei's response, summer was just starting, why not give her some time to mull it over before pushing her away, but I'll leave that there...)
Another thing that niggled was Rory and her sister. She gets asked in Yale, whether she has any siblings and she says no. And I thought, OK, maybe she is so used to answering no that she forgets about Gigi. Then, in the finale she tells Lane 'i never had a sister' and I totally get what she means, but it still seems weird.