Dublin, Ireland

Ireland's capital offers an almost inexhaustible number of attractions including stately public buildings, handsome 18th-century mansions, imposing statues, superb museums and art galleries, a magnificent cathedral, and Trinity College where the 8th-century Book of Kells is displayed, not to mention the tempting shops along Grafton Street. The proverbial Irish skill with words has richly rewarded the world with essays, novels, plays and poetry by authors ranging from Oliver Goldsmith, William Congreve, Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde to James Joyce, Sean O'Casey, Samuel Beckett and W.B. Yeats. This skill is not confined to the written word - the articulate Irish with their lilting, almost musical vernacular and conversational talent leave no doubt that the Irish genius extends to the spoken word as well.