We started with two days in Dublin, Ireland. Aer Lingus offers cheap, cheap flights from Chicago to Dublin, so we thought we'd take advantage of the opportunity to see a wee bit o' Ireland. (Yes I did just say that with the accent of a leprechaun. Deal with it.
Our home in Dublin was the Bellgrove Bed & Breakfast, a lovely little cottage just outside the city. The first day we spent walking around Dublin. We saw the old Viking church, ate some fish and chips in Temple Bar, and spent a couple hours just lounging in one of Dublin's big, green parks. We topped off day 1 with some 'modern Irish cuisine'.
Day 2 started with a trip to the beach, where we learned that Irish people don't tan, they only sunburn. We got a bit of sun ourselves, as we didn't think to put on sunscreen. After a couple hours on the beach, we were thirsty, and headed back to the city for some of the black stuff. Guinness! The tour of the Guinness Store House ends in the Gravity Bar, with a free pint of Guinness and the highest views of Dublin. Then it was over to St. Stephen's Green for some more park time and dinner.
We had a lovely couple of days in Dublin, and will definitely be back to enjoy and explore more of Ireland in the future. The Irish were so nice and the country was beautiful.