Dublin, Ireland, home of many of our ancestors, is an ancient setting for a modern city by the sea. Formerly a country divided against itself, Ireland is now whole, a Republic and proud of its 6000 years of history. Dublin is its capital and one of the main places anyone visiting Ireland should visit. Many famous writers and poets are from Ireland and some of them called Dublin home, too. James Joyce set his famous literary tome, Ulysses, in Dublin. There are many cultural exhibitions and festivals in Dublin. You might want to book your trip to coincide with one of these festivals. Grab a flight from ORL and have a wonderful experience.
July 21 of this year, Riverdance the Gathering, the anniversary of the mega dance will come to Dublin. It will be an excellent time to plan your visit. Consider seeing this wonderful show in the country where this style was first perfected. In fact, why don’t you bring your dancing shoes and invite your own friends or family for a gathering there. Are your ancestors from Ireland? Start a family gathering. There is even a website to tell you how to do this. Make your plans for your trip now so that you can take a class in how to Riverdance before you attend this gathering. Maybe you will even be chosen to perform with the troupe. In any event, you will be part of something big and be able to see the best Irish musicians live. The end of the show will be two performances at the historic Gaiety Theater. Sister cities in Beijing, China and Newport in the U.S. and Pleinfield, Germany, may have gatherings of their own. Check if you live in one of these cities.
While you are in Dublin you will want to see the sights that include many historic places and things. Dublin is over 1,000 years old. At Trinity College you will find an ancient manuscript from over 800 years ago, the Book of Kells. This is an ancient illuminated manuscript in Latin that is considered a masterpiece. There are many museums and galleries to visit while you are there. You will find that the Dubliners are always willing to talk to a visitor and recommend a favorite bar or pub; maybe even share a pint.
There are many different places to stay in Dublin. Hotels in the ancient city offer many different amenities including Jacuzzi, pools, internet, and restaurants. There are major name hotels in Dublin such as Best Western, Hilton, and Wyndham but there are also smaller places to stay like B&B’s and hotels to choose from. If you are planning to stay more than a few days you might want to rent an apartment or a condo from DublinEscape or try Premier Suites, Stephens Hall, which offers all suites instead of just rooms.
Don’t walk; rent a bike while you are in Dublin. It is the best way to get around while you are in the historic city with its cobble stone streets and ups and downs. You can also take bike guided tours of Dublin and the surrounding area.
Remember, you have only two months to get everything together for your trip to Dublin in order to participate in the anniversary of Riverdance. If you can’t make the July 21, 2013, deadline you can still plan a great trip to a historic city that you will love. Don’t miss a wonderful trip, Orlando. This is a great chance to take a trip across the pond.