My family's homeland.
My family has quite a bit of Irish blood, so this country was a must-see place for me. I spent majority of the week in Dublin with the exception of two day trips during my five day stay. The Paddywagon day trip to the Cliffs of Moher was one I could skip next time around, but the Cliffs themselves were not something to be understated. I would have happily spent the entire day walking along these cliffs. They were undeniably gorgeous. My other day trip was a solo venture to Howth, a Dublin costal village, where I had the chance to hike The Cliff Path Loop. It's no wonder that the visitor site for this place is called "howthismagic.com" ... they're onto something for sure.
Dublin is a small, very walkable city (which I loved). I found plenty to do during my short stay. I highly recommend visiting the Guinness Storehouse tour, Trinity College (The Book of Kells!), the Fumbally, St. Stephen's Green, St. Patrick's Cathedral, The Brazen Head, The Cobblestone, Tropical Popical, the creative district, and Phoenix Park, among many other great things to do in this wonderful city. In the end I wish I could have spent much more time in Ireland. I felt very at home. The west coast will certainly be on the bucket list for future places to go.