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Ireland- see the “best”

A spring day in Ireland, across from the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
A spring day in Ireland, across from the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
Lisa TE Sonne

"Best walks in the world." "Best surfing." "Best golf." "Best bars." "Best City." "Best nightlife." "Best holiday." Of course, Los Angeles and southern California are ready to claim it all. But if you want to add architecture older than the pyramids, and UNESCO “Literary City of the World,” you have to cross the continent and the Atlantic Ocean.

Take a look here at who says “Ireland” is the best and then you can book a ticket to go see yourself.

2011 seems to be the year of Ireland for a vacation and Spring is a great time to visit.---miles of daffodils, young lambs kicking up their heels, and a general festiveness on the streets and in the pubs. The Irish people survived a harsh winter (bad snowfall and stock falls) emerging with music and jokes and welcoming arms for visitors to enjoy their rich heritage (and help their economy.)

During the potato famine, Ireland's great export was her people. Now we (tourism) can be the great import!

Anticipated visits next month include the Queen of England and our American President. You could be next.

I just returned from a wonderful week visiting the castles and coastline of southeast Ireland and I am still fondly hearing Irish music and accents in my head. I am remembering the fun of planned events like visiting the Waterford Crystal center while they were making the People’s Choice award, seeing the Book of Kells at Trinity College, taking a bodran (Irish drum) lesson at Kilkenny’s renowned Kytlers Inn, and savoring the Michelin star delectables at L’Ecrivain.

The spontaneous personal events were also memorable, like improvising on the Irish whistle flute with a wonderful group at the Harbor Bar in Wicklow-- voted the best bar in the world by Lonely Planet, hearing Joe talk about rescues and ghosts at the Hook Lighthouse built in the 12th century, and meeting the Lord who lives in Kilkenny Castle while walking the rooms once enjoyed by the likes of the Kennedys and Fred Astaire.

I am grateful to Ireland Tourism for a great itinerary and trip. Their website can help you plot your own adventures and retreats.

You can also follow them on twitter: 

www.twitter.com/gotoirelandus and/or facebook www.facebook.com/discoverirel

After full days of time travelling, Ireland offers many dreamy places to have dreams. Here are five diverse ones in the southeast of Ireland:

For culture, superb concierge, and great Dublin location head to the Shelbourne.

For grandscale upscale, a pampering ESPA Spa, and nearby Powerscourt Gardens: The Ritz Carleton

For seaside nature, nearby ancient healing well, great swimming pool, and modern creative comforts, The Cliff House

For memorable culinary lessons inviting grounds, and the pleasures of country life like in the movies, relax at Dunbrody House:

For a wonderful host, scrumptous eats in a medieval room, and other Irish icons (a castle formerly owned by Eric Clapton) say hi to the dog Candy, and savor the Barberstown Castle

I hope you enjoy your video and virtual trip to Ireland from the links above and then have a chance for your own pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, a REAL trip. Please let me know what you think is “best” about Ireland.

(c) Text by Lisa TE Sonne, www.WorldTouristBureau.com

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