Drinking beer is one of the great European pastimes. As opposed to the US, it is culturally far more acceptable to enjoy a beer over lunch, even on a working day, and certainly in the afternoon and evenings. In some places, beer is even on the menu for breakfast. If you’re interested in beer, and […]
Less than 100 miles across the Irish Sea from the United Kingdom, Ireland sits as a true natural wonder - a beauty unlike anything you'll see. For such a small island, with just over 6 million people, the country has had a substantial impact on the world and offers a spectacular array of options for those visiting from abroad.
Ireland's first settlers arrived more than 6,000 years ago, and its history is nearly as long, with the Celtic tradition starting 2,000-3,000 years ago. The remnants of that culture are still with us today in the form of the famous Stone Circle monuments and the remnants of both Celtic language and artistry. It is not just this ancient culture that helps Ireland stand apart. From some of the world's greatest authors in any language to an array of traditional dances, songs and stage plays, Ireland's cultural output has been persistent and extensive through modern times.
Unlike many of its Western European neighbors, Ireland is downright laid back. With the largest city on the island, Dublin, home to just over 500,000 people, you won't be bogged down by the constant flow of foot traffic you might find in other major cities on the continent. A short trip out of any of the country's major cities - Limerick, Galway, Waterford or Cork - you'll enter a world of stunning beauty. From Donegal in the northwestern reaches of the island to the islands three World Heritage Sites at Brú na Bóinne, Skellig Michael and the Giant's Causeway, there is muc to be seen away from the playhouses and museums of the city centers.
A trip to Ireland is a trip to both the present and past of a rich and proud culture that has had an impact around the western world.
Stroll the streets of Dublin and feel the electricity – the city is a compelling mix of history, culture, traditional pubs, elegant architecture, great shopping and dining. Historic Dublin is a great place to start when you visit Ireland, and it is a compact city, so many of the highlights are within walking distance and […]
Dublin, a city rich with history and culture, offers plenty to see and do. Renowned for its historic landmarks, stellar nightlife and wealth of world-class cultural institutions, Dublin never fails to impress. A trip to the city should include visiting its wide array of historical attractions and sites of interest. Things to do in Dublin […]