Dublin

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Dublin is a city of pleasant contradictions with some of the newest landmarks, such as the stainless steel Spire of Dublin, neighbored by some of the oldest, such as the Dublin Castle. The Irish capital’s Viking roots and proud history are never far from view on Dublin’s streets. Stroll across the iconic Ha’penny Bridge and snap a few photos or people-watch as you walk through a nearby park — Dublin is home to more green spaces than any other European capital city. It is also the home to a proud history of literature, art and music: James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Becket are all Dubliners. Don’t miss Dublin’s stately Georgian townhouses, the sleek new Science Gallery at Trinity College (home of the world-famous Book of Kells) and the iconic National Post Office’s bullet-riddled columns, a remnant of the 1916 Easter Rising. Even though the capital city is split north/south by the River Liffey, the European hub of both Google and Facebook takes shape as an eminently accessible contemporary city with old-world charm to spare.