I am just starting to plan a family vacation for late July 2014. I'm hoping that the TA community will have suggestions/recommendations/ideas/warnings/etc. for me -- as you have in the past!
Here are some pertinent details:
Our family is myself, my partner (we're both women, early 40s) and our (by then) 10 yr old daughter. We live in the US. I traveled a lot in Europe and elsewhere when I was growing up, but haven't been to Europe in 20ish years. My partner and daughter have never been out of North America. We'll have about 14 days and have settled on Dublin (or possibly elsewhere in Ireland), London and Paris as destinations.
What I'm looking for is input on the best way to divvy up our time and get from one point to another, as well as "must do/see" things. I'm planning to fly into Dublin and out of Paris, but what do you all think of travel in between? Ferry, train, or plane? A combo? (We really don't want to deal with renting a car.) Would you suggest staying in Dublin, or elsewhere in Ireland? I'm thinking we will have 3-4 nights there. Ireland is the part of the trip that is foggiest in my mind -- London and Paris are so loaded with palaces and towers and museums and gardens that the problem will be ruling things out. So any suggestions about what to focus on there would be especially welcome. We love good food and drink, history, beautiful countryside/seaside.... my daughter would be thrilled if we could go inside a castle.
Thank you in advance for any feedback you care to offer!