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Why You Can’t Skip A Cemetery Tour Next Time You’re In NOLA       

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Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans image via Wiki Commons

Does a tour through the “City of the dead” perk your interest? New Orleans is known for the way locals use over-ground mausoleums to entomb the dead, instead of the traditional below-ground burial used to other states.

If you’re visiting “the Big Easy,” then you have to visit the cities cemeteries, it’s an eerie experience you won’t forget in a hurry. Take a tour in New Orleans through these sanctuaries of the dead.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 3

The cemetery is for the artists. St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, found on Esplanade Avenue close to City Park, Bayou St. John, and the historic New Orleans Museum of Art. This cemetery is one of the city’s largest and home to the final resting place of Storyville photographer E. J. Bellocq.

Take a tour through the cemetery, or wander around yourself and gaze in wonder at the Masonic designs and detailed Greek Orthodox vaults. Accessing this site is possible through the French Quarter via the #91 Jackson-Esplanade bus line.

Metairie Cemetery

Finding a cemetery in New Orleans isn’t as challenging as you think. Hop on one of the Canal St. streetcars marked “Cemeteries” and ride it to the end of the line where you’ll find Metairie Cemetery. After jumping off the tram, take a short walk to the original entrance of the site, at the corner of Pontchartrain Blvd. and Metairie Road. Continue reading

5 Breweries You Should Visit In Ireland

Irish beer is renowned for its quality and many of the world’s best-known beer brands originated from Ireland. Beer has a long tradition in Ireland and some of the best-known Irish beer brands include Murphy’s Irish Stout, Smithwick’s Irish Ale, and O’Hara’s Celtic Stout.

Currently, Guinness and Beamish are two of biggest and most famous breweries in Ireland, but there are many other, smaller breweries offering a unique taste and new flavors to the beer market.

We’ve prepared a list of top five breweries you should visit while staying in Ireland.

The White Hag, Sligo

The White Hag Brewing Company is located in Ballymote, Sligo Country and offers a wide range of products, including several types of Irish ales, beers, and lagers. The brewery was opened in 2014, and its name takes inspiration from Irish mythology in which The White Hag was a representation of nature and was connected with earth and water.

The company’s best-known beer is Fionnabhair Irish Wit, offering an original, exotic taste inspired by Belgian witbier. Continue reading

5 Things To Think About When Deciding Where To Buy A Vacation Home

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A vacation home is where you will spend most of your holiday time so you need to ensure that it is a peaceful place that will give you comfort as you relax and take a break from your busy life. You can find your ideal vacation home in many places if you take time to assess your needs and research, such as Mykonos Estates. On this note, there are things you should think about when you are deciding where to buy a vacation home.

Distance from where you live

If you intend to visit your vacation home often, then you should not buy it far from your primary residence. In fact, a majority of homebuyers prefer the location of vacation homes that are within a driving distance from their homes.

Will it meet your needs in future?

Will your vacation home be suitable for your needs many years from now? When you are buying, you should consider long-term needs.  For instance, will space fit your growing family? Can you live in the home in your sunset years in case you intend to use it for your retirement or it will have to be modified? Is it too far from the road?

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Will you rent it out?

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5 Tips To Buying Camping Equipment For The First Time

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Camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities especially in today’s generation of technology. Camping allows us to disconnect with the world and just enjoy the raw beauty of Mother Nature. Camping also allows us to spend time and bond with our loved ones without the use of smartphones and other high-tech gadgets that would just take away our full attention. It is in camping where some people find their true selves, realize their true goals and most especially find their true feelings. There is that magical mood that is exclusive to camping that makes us just connect with our souls and just discover our innermost feelings.

As for family camping, it is a very useful activity to teach our kids on how to survive using natural tools, how to gather and prepare food without the use of appliances. Basically, it is where we teach our young ones the basic skills in surviving which will definitely be very helpful as they grow up.

That being said, with all the benefits and fun camping can offer. One can only enjoy them by having the proper tools and gear that will allow the camping activity a success. No matter what, camping is not a Spartan training which requires us to go through extreme situations. Proper gear and equipment are still needed to make the activity safe and sound. And to help you with that, below are 5 tips to buying camping equipment for the first time.

Make a checklist

Before you shop and buy your camping gear and equipment, make sure that you have a checklist of the things that you actually need for the activity. Trust me, most people just buy cooking pots and stove only to end up forgetting about the fuel or gas for the stove. Camping is all about preparedness. Thus, make a checklist and ensure that you will get them all. Tents, sleeping pods, flashlights, lanterns, cooking utensils, stove and fuel, fire starter, trash bags are just some of the basic things that need to be on the checklist. Continue reading