Hello everyone! My sister and I are just in the early stages of planning a 10 trip to Ireland for May or June, 2010. As we haven't booked anything yet, we are completely open to suggestion!!
About us... We are both very active in our late 30s. I have traveled in Europe but was a teenager and part of a school group. My sister has never been overseas. Our grandmothers parents immigrated from Ireland but unfortunetely we do not know many details. We are hoping our Aunt will be able to give us some details.
After watching Rick's series on Ireland we do think we have to narrow down the country to some degree just because we only have 10 days. I believe we are going to leave out Northern Ireland from this trip. We are completely open to flying into Dublin or Shannon and flying out of the other to better maximize our time by avoiding a complete round trip voyage. My sister is kind of against driving but I'm not at all! I'd rather have control of where we go and when than be at the mercy of a bus or train schedule. I am however fine with using mass transit within Dublin.
Our interests include historical Ireland, Celtic landmarks, scenery, shopping, PUBS, Irish culture, music, dining... Notice PUBS is in caps!! :) My sister and I are not shy and really do enjoy a good time with a pint or two! Throw in some local music and we'll be in heaven. Given that we will be there at least 10 days...we should hit a Sunday at least once :)...we would like to go to Catholic Mass while there. We would love any tips on some beautiful churches to possibly attend these services at.
I hope this request isn't too broad... but we really are wanting to open this itinerary up to all you travel experts!!