I used to drive from the German border, then onto Metz and Verdun. The towns and villages offer a nice and relaxed contrast to the non-stop energy of Paris.
Anyone who visits Cashel never forgets the Rock of Cashel that looms proudly over the town. It’s well worth hiking around the rock and enjoying the views below.
I returned from a week in Venice where things were less expensive than Dublin, Ireland. The Venice Biennale this year is the best ever and many of the venues are free to see.