Dublin although a thriving financial city and a capital of Ireland reminds by its character a village rather than a metropolis. Despite a long and sometimes tragic history of invasion and resistance, this thriving business capital has poetry, music and literature percolating through its cobblestones.

Dublin-born poet Oscar Wilde once said “life is too important to be taken seriously.” While Dublin proudly honors its past, it is equally passionate about enjoying each and every new day. Nowhere is life celebrated more than in the city’s nearly 700 pubs. Nothing matters more to Dubliners than having a good time or, as locals call it, the craic.

Of all the gifts, Dublin has given to the world, perhaps the most intoxicating are its stories. Originally built for the sons of the Irish gentry, the ivy-covered stone buildings of Trinity College are home to some of the oldest remaining manuscripts in the world, including the 1000-year-old Book of Kells.

Another proud dubliner Jonathan Swift, once said, “May you live all the days of your life.” There is no better way to define Dublin. Its passion for life is contagious, captivating and sure to stay with you for the rest of your days.

Literature, poetry and rich culture is percolating through its cobblestone streets and alleys. This romantic city with its colorful buildings, warm spirit and European architecture is ideal for a trip for two.