Dublin, Ireland

When it comes to the top city destinations in Europe if London is number one, Paris two, what do you think number three is? Dublin, Ireland.just ask the tourism office! Dublin is experiencing a massive revitalization, word has gotten out that this once very solidly Irish city is becoming more international and cosmopolitan - but Samantha isn't traveling to Ireland to eat fusion food or drink apple martinis - she's there to experience its traditional Irish heritage. But does the old Dublin still exist? In this episode of Passport to Europe Samantha travels to Ireland's capital city and finds out that authentic Dublin certainly does still exit, and you'll find it most entertainingly in its people! Samantha visits what is considered to be the city's cultural quarter - an area known as Temple Bar - at night this area is party central. To see what's happening around town, Sam makes a stop at Dublin's Tourist Office - which is like a community center for travelers. Here she finds the true meaning of the Irish saying, "Pog Ma Thoin". Now when it comes to great accommodations in Dublin, Sam has all angles covered - she finds one hotel that will please any traveler's budget - it's 99 Euros a night, and another that has the hippest address in the city. No trip to Ireland would be complete without drinking a pint of beer in a pub -- Sam meets up with a few locals and enjoys traditional music and stories on a pub-crawl around town. She also discovers the "secret" behind the colorful doors of Dublin, takes a carriage ride around St. Stephen's Green, and steps inside an incredible library and finds out the author of Dracula was a Dubliner. One of Ireland's most popular exports has to be Guiness beer - Sam discovers the connection between beer and the Guinness Book of World Records. Sam's tips for visiting Dublin; definitely see Trinity College, Book of Kells and St. Patrick's Cathedral, but don't forget that the true attraction of this city is the Dubliner himself.
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