Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We thought we'd spread a little luck with a trip to Dublin, where sea breezes swirl with medieval history in Ireland's colorful capital city.
 

Of course, our first stop must be St. Patrick's Cathedral, named for the patron saint of Ireland and dating to the 13th century. Inside, you can view Handel's Messiah manuscript and visit the grave of Jonathan Swift, Irish writer and graduate of Trinity College. Dublin also has a second cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral.

More centuries-old history can be found at Dublin Castle, built at the site of the black pool, or "dubh linn," that gave the city its name. The gardens behind the castle are a favorite lunchtime retreat for locals, who also enjoy St. Stephen's Green for recreation and relaxation.

Dublin begs to be wandered and explored. The city's main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street, is lined with historic sites and is home to the Spire of Dublin, one of the tallest sculptures in the world. Pedestrians also enjoy the Ha'Penny Bridge, which arches over the River Liffey. Then you can take some time to dine, shop and explore Temple Bar, Dublin's bustling cultural district that is home to a popular pub by the same name.

 
No trip to Ireland would be complete without a pint of Guinness. To learn more about this national treasure, visitors are invited to explore the Guinness Storehouse and its interactive displays. If the storehouse's three bars aren't enough, take a jaunt over to Ryan's Victorian Bar, where you'll enjoy a traditional Irish pub atmosphere.

Dublin has a number of busy suburbs that are also worth a visit. The ruins of an old abbey stand near the harbor in Howth. And seaside Malahide is home to a well preserved medieval castle that was home to the Talbot family for nearly 800 years.

Ireland's main metropolis is a great place to explore the country's tumultuous past while enjoying its contemporary culture. Until you have a chance to visit the Emerald Isle in person, please enjoy this desktop getaway.