PART ONE: IRELAND
Horseback riding is my number one favorite activity, hobby, passion - whatever you want to call it. So what better way to kick off my Euro trip than with a 4-day equestrian getaway in Ireland, the land of horses? I'll be staying at a B&B right by the barn in Thurles (about an hour and a half outside of Dublin), riding every day and enjoying the countryside while I get myself accustomed to the time change. Then I'll take a guided tour to see some of the Irish highlights around the southwestern loop of the island - Connemara park, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney - ending in Dublin. Maybe adding a day trip north to Belfast and Giant's Causeway.