Top 5 Places to Go in Ireland

Ireland’s natural landscapes are filled with historical monuments that give a glimpse into the country’s past. Here are the top 5 places to go in Ireland to get a look at the island’s natural, historical, and cultural beauty.

1. Giant’s Causeway

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Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway is one of the most dramatic natural landscapes on earth. So dramatic in fact that is must have been built by a giant. You’ll get different stories about how these hexagonal basalt beauties came into being. Most likely the locals here will tell you that the Irish giant Finn McCool is responsible for this coastal oddity. No matter the origin, this is a site not to be missed.

 

2. The Ring of Kerry

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You may have heard of Kerry. Since Queen Victoria visited Killarney over 150 years ago, its mountains, lakes and coasts have been the picture-postcard image of Ireland overseas. And while visitors may argue about their favorite towns, everyone genuflects to the perfection that is the Kerry landscape. As the name suggests, “the Ring” begins and ends at the same point: Killarney. A trip around the Ring of Kerry is one of the most iconic in Ireland and most beautiful in the world.

 

3. Vibrant Dublin

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As friendly as a village and as intimate as a pub, Dublin is a capital city like no other. Dublin’s a great city to explore on foot. From the gracious city parks of Merrion Square and Iveagh Gardens, to the grand Georgian architecture and alfresco café culture of South William and Drury Streets, there’s a lot to divert your attention. And don’t forget Temple Bar – a cobblestoned cultural enclave of galleries, restaurants, hopping pubs and the lively Meeting House Square.

 

4. Connemara

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Defined by the smoke of the peat, the swaying bog grasses and the ancient stone walls, the rugged landscape and remoteness of the region has allowed Connemara to hold fast to its traditions. Passing through the desolate Doo Lough and Delphi Valleys towards the village of Leenane in County Galway is a dramatic journey. This is Ireland unplugged.

 

5.  Historic Belfast

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Small but with a big heart, super-cool Belfast is one of Europe’s true renaissance cities. Walking or taking a famous black taxi tour around this compact metropolis are the best ways to appreciate all that the city has on offer. One of the first things that might strike you are the colourful murals, splashed onto any available walls often with political themes showcasing Northern Ireland’s dynamic history.

 

 

Top 5 Things to Do in Ireland

Ireland is full of history, culture and adventure. So much so, it might be difficult to choose what you want to do during your stay. Here are the top 5 things you should do in Ireland to make your decision a little easier.

1. Take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse:

You can’t think “Ireland” without thinking “Guinness.” The Guinness Storehouse is a must-see destination that chronicles the history of this delectable beer and how it became one of Ireland’s top exports. The building itself stands 7 stories high and its core comically resembles a giant pint glass. A guided tour will satisfy your craving for brewing knowledge, and the seventh-story, glass-walled Gravity Bar will satisfy your thirsty palette with a complimentary pint and unsurpassed 360-degree view of Dublin.

2. Catch a game at Croke Park:

Entertainment is just as important to culture as anything else, so get a glimpse of Ireland’s two favorite pastimes, hurling and Gaelic football, at Croke Park. The sacred ground of Irish athleticism seats 80,000 fans and ranks the fourth largest stadium in all of Europe. “Croker” is somewhat of a hidden treasure, held close to the hearts of the locals, so chances are you’ll be one of few tourists present.

3. Stroll through Temple Bar:

Temple Bar isn’t just a bar, its Dublin’s Bohemian district. Here, you can get a taste of modern Irish culture and enjoy the many pubs, cafes, galleries, and craft shops. The area was historically known as the metropolitan center of the city, populated by family-owned businesses, and today remains the bustling pulse of Dublin.

4. Tour Trinity College:

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Trinity College lies in the heart of Dublin and was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth. The campus is composed of buildings that are hundreds of years old, spurring an architectural rivalry because of their unbeatable composition. The college is also home to the Book of Kells, a Latin manuscript that is globally celebrated for its elaborate decoration and telling of the New Testament.

5. Visit St. Canice’s Cathedral:

St. Canice’s Cathedral is Ireland’s second largest cathedral, a gothic structure that hovers over the city of Kilkenny. The Round Tower is the oldest standing work of masonry in the city and rises amid an eerie display of ancient tombstones. The tower, although a tight squeeze, can be climbed to observe some spectacular views. The interior of the cathedral is supported by intimidatingly tall archways, lined with wooden pews that lead to the front of the church. Colorful stained glass portraits of biblical scenes decorate the lengthy windows, allowing for an unearthly demonstration of light to fill your soul.

Girls Who Go: Top 4 Tips for a Girlfriends’ Getaway to Remember

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Girlfriend getaways are all the rage. According to an American Express Travel survey, man-free trips are on the rise and 82 percent of women polled say they never check in with the office when traveling with pals.

So, what makes for a great girls’ trip? We’d say proper planning and a fancy for fun. We recently took a girls’ trip to Cancun and here’s our advice for having a great time:

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Choose Your Jamaican Getaway

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When you think of an island that offers a peaceful, relaxed and fun atmosphere, does Jamaica immediately come to mind? It does for many of us who are seeking a refuge from the humdrum of daily life, not to mention traffic and smog. In Jamaica, Reggae music, jerk chicken and rum are boasted from the heart of its friendly people.

 

Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril are three popular destinations on this small tropical island, and each has its own reputation for something unique.

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Ignite the “All Right” Vibe in Jamaica

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Delta Vacations is hosting the “Jamaica: ‘Home of All Right’ Submit Your Pic” Sweepstakes on Facebook for a chance to win a free, 3-night stay for two at Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

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Jamaica: Home of All Right Promotion Official Rules

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Eligibility: The Delta Vacations Jamaica: Home of All Right sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) is open to all legal residents of the continental United States 21 years or older. Employees of MLT Vacations, LLC dba Delta Vacations (the “Sponsor”), its agencies and their families are not eligible. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law. Entry in the Promotion constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Promotion Rules (the “Official Rules”). How To Enter: Participants must enter through the Jamaica: Home of All Right Facebook tab located at Facebook.com/deltavacations between Oct. 1, 2014, 12:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”) and Oct. 31, 2014, 11:59 pm ET (the “Entry Period”). There is one (1) way to enter during the Entry Period: visit the Jamaica: Home of All Right tab on Delta Vacation’s Facebook page, located at www.facebook.com/deltavacations and fill out the sweepstakes form required for entry. Only entries submitted via the online entry form provided on the promotional page above will be accepted. Entries submitted via any other method, including but not limited to U.S. Postal Service, facsimile or email will NOT be accepted.   To be eligible: Each entry must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on Oct. 31, 2014; all entries must be submitted in the name of an individual person and the prize can only be awarded to the person whose name is on the winning entry. All entries must be in English. Limit one (1) online entry per person. How winner will be selected:Winners will be drawn at random after the Entry Period from entries received Oct. 1- 31, 2014. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries recorded. What happens if I am selected as the winner: Potential winner will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility/liability release/assignment of rights and return within 48 hours of receipt of notification (holidays and weekends do not count in the 48-hour timeframe). If the potential winner is unable to complete the above requirements for any reason, Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner, subject to the conditions stated above. Sponsor in its sole discretion may also choose not to replace any potential winner or finalist(s).

Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize consisting of roundtrip airfare for two (2) from the continental U.S. to Montego Bay, Jamaica ($2,500 in value) and hotel stay for three (3) nights at the Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica($600 in value) valid for travel May 1 – Dec. 23, 2015.Travel must be completed by Dec. 23, 2015, or winner will forfeit the prize. All travelers must travel on same itinerary. Travel must be round trip. Sponsor will determine flight itinerary in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules and those set forth by the Delta Vacations and operating carriers as detailed in the passenger ticket contract. If trip destination is less than 250 miles from the winner’s residence, winner will be provided $200 in spending money for driving expenses in lieu of air transportation. 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Enhance Your Vacation Sweepstakes

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Celebrate Culture

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Celebrating American culture in the U.S. is something that permeates our everyday lives and is embedded in our society through what we eat, what we do in our spare time, what kind of music we listen to, etc. America is an eclectic melting pot filled with flavors from across the globe, so it’s important to honor cultures that make America the beautifully diverse land that it is.

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In Living Color

Fall is the best season of the year. The kiddos pack their lunch boxes and head back to school, the scorching summer heat dwindles into a cool breeze and — my favorite part — the sky fills with trees that emulate flames, painted with bold reds, warm oranges and friendly yellows. Before the bitter temperatures and fresh blanket of snow take hold, lace up your walking boots and head out to one of these deciduous tree laden destinations that will take your breath away. I bet you can already hear the leaves crunching beneath your feet!

1 .Vermont

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Vermont and fall foliage go hand-in-hand. The state’s old time charm paired with views of the Green Mountains is unbeatable during the short-lived transition from summer to winter. Route 100, which winds north to south through the state, is a popular choice of transportation for travelers who prefer to take it all in from the comfort of their cars.

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Long Island Uncorked: Part 2

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As a devoted “oenophile,” one thing that piqued my interest was the fact that Long Island’s wine country was named one of the “Top Ten Wine Regions in the World” by Wine Enthusiast in 2013, and has become a well-respected wine region that has blossomed from one small vineyard to more than three-dozen world-class wineries over the past four decades.

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