When we first began planning for this trip, we didn’t initially set an objective to be in Dublin, Ireland, (pics) for St. Patrick’s Day. But when we laid out our timeline and found ourselves ending up in Ireland in early to mid-March we figured it made sense to time our arrival into Dublin to coincide with this event.
Kilkenny (pics) looks like you would expect a small Irish village to look. The town sits alongside the River Nore with a well preserved 800 year old castle on one end and St. Canice’s Cathedral with its 10th century tower on the other. The town center is compact with tangled passageways, brightly colored old-fashioned shop fronts and centuries old pubs.
The city of Caen (pics) has a long and complex history, most notably, it is known as the city of William the Conqueror, aka, William I, the first Norman King of England. Commanding a prominent hill in the center of the old city is Chateau de Caen, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe, built by William I circa 1060.
The French town of Chinon (pics) is located just southeast of the city of Tours. The region is notable for the cabernet-franc wines produced here as well as the castle that dominates the town from its setting on a high bluff.
The castle is also know as Château de Chinon, portions of which date back to the 5th century. Most of the town was built in the 15th century and a walk down the ancient street of Rue Voltaire is like a walk through history.
Also, along Rue Voltaire you will find the restaurant called Le Tennessee. Oddly, they seemed to have a mostly Mexican menu but they do serve Jack Daniels.