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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

Finding The Best Travel Spots in the Metro

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Summer is almost here, the perfect time to plan those trips and travels with the family as most children will be on vacation from school. Even though most people plan to go to far yet popular destinations, those quick yet practical vacations will also prove to be most ideal, especially for families who have a number of children. Here is a press release about 3 of the best travel spots in the Metro which you might want to consider in your next family trip:

Local holidays are best enjoyed when they can be extended into a long weekend. These periods are a source of both excitement and trepidation for moms. Mothers, while wanting to make vacation time exciting, also find the task daunting, especially those who juggle family time and work time.

As moms become more successful in the workplace, they might also find it more difficult to find the time to go on long trips. The good news, however, is that the metro is packed with places to see and things to do. With these sights, families don’t have to go far to make lasting travel memories. This way, metro moms can make the most of long weekends, without the stress of long travel times.

Sky Ranch, Tagaytay

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While an hour away from the Metro, the travel time is worth it once you see its mini-amusement park. The weather, along with the many treats along the way will surely make for one fun-filled road trip. Kids can also enjoy horseback riding, a quick ride on the carousel, and their main attraction, the Sky Eye.

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A Guide To Barcelona For Families

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Columbus Column {image by Worakit Sirijinda/freedigitalphotos.net}

The city of Barcelona is filled with cultural attractions. Located in the northeastern region of Catalonia in Spain, the seaside city is suited for backpackers, families and visitors on a city break. There are many national and international flights at comfortable times to the city’s El Prat airport, and there is a high speed rail service that connects Barcelona to Madrid.

Enjoy an afternoon in a park

There are many parks and large spaces where families will be able to spend an afternoon. The centric Ciutadella park is more than just a park. There are several museums located on the parks grounds, including the Martorell Museum and the Laboratory of Nature, which houses many exhibits from the Natural History Museum’s collections. Another one of the park’s main attractions is the lake located in the center of the park. Families will be able to rent boats and row around the lake. After a walk around the park families can visit the zoo, which is located in the park.

Another famous park is Parc Güell. This park, located slightly farther away from the city center, was designed by Gaudí. Gaudí’s colourful designs and wavy shapes can be seen around the park, from the cavernous porch held up by thin bony columns to the tiled observation deck decorated with a mosaic bench that has views towards the city and the sea.

Walk around the city

Barcelona is a city that can be explored on foot, and places farther away from the city center can be reached by public transit. Las Ramblas is a set of connected boulevards that were built on the site of an ancient stream that used to flow around the city. The Rambla de Canaletes is one of the main streets, where visitors will find an historical fountain. Las Ramblas cover the distance between the centric Catalonia Square and the Columbus statue located by the sea. Each one of the boulevards is filled with colorful flower stalls, kiosks and street performers.

Just off Las Ramblas visitors will find the Boquería market, a famous market. Visitors can enjoy one of the natural juices sold at the market, a colourful granizado iced drink and some authentic pan tumaca bread served with olive oil and freshly ground tomato. There are many stalls selling fresh and local products, and the market has a bakery and several stalls selling honey and nuts. In the nearby streets there are many restaurants where even the pickiest children will be able to enjoy a fresh meal made using local ingredients. Some of the city’s most famous seafood restaurants are located near the Barceloneta beach. The city’s aquarium is located near this beach in the Port Vell area, where families will be able to see many exotic fish.

Explore the city’s architecture

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La Sagrada Familia {image by David Castillo Dominici/freedigitalphotos.net}

Another way to explore Barcelona with children is by enjoying a trip on one of the touristic hop on hop off double decker buses that travel around the city’s main landmarks. There are three routes around the city, including an historical route and a sports route that takes visitors around the area where the Olympic Games were held and the Camp Nou stadium, the stadium of Barcelona’s football club.

During the bus ride visitors will be able to see the city’s main architectural landmarks. Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia cathedral is one of the city’s most famous monuments. The unfinished Cathedral of the Holy Family has several carved facades decorated with statues and towers. Visitors can climb up  hundreds of steps to reach the top of two of the towers, from where they will be able to enjoy views towards the city. 

Musings On Meanderings

There sure are a lot of interesting places to see and enjoyable things to do when you visit Barcelona that I hope I can visit the place with my little man one day. I will make sure to include the local Post Office in my itinerary and hunt for Barcelona 1992 Olympics memorabilia while I am there. Oh, and I won’t forget riding one of those double deckers, am sure Jared will be thrilled!

Malta: The Perfect Stag Party Destination?

It’s pretty easy to arrange a bog standard stag do. Check that everyone’s free, find a vaguely convenient cluster of pubs to drink in (possibly even the ones that you normally visit) and then make your way from one to the other over the course of the evening.

If the organiser considers himself a bit of a joker, you might have a suitably “hilarious” fancy dress theme to make it obvious to everyone that you’re celebrating the end of your friend’s singledom.

So far, so boring.

Others are a little more adventurous. Travelling stag-dos once used to take the ferry across the Channel for the various carnal delights of Amsterdam and its notorious Red Light District. Then, as the Euro area expanded to include cheaper areas with stronger beers, Poland and Czech Republic became popular, to the extent that today Prague is full of groups of boozy British blokes.

The expansion of the aviation industry over the past years means that more imaginative souls can do better than that, especially with a decent amount of planning.

Gentlemen, I give you Malta.

An Island in The Sun

Malta is a small island 50 miles or so from Sicily in the Mediterranean that was part of the British Empire for a hundred and fifty years, up to its independence in 1964. It remains part of the Commonwealth. One big advantage therefore (though perhaps not for creating humorous anecdotes for the wedding itself) is that the vast majority of its residents speak English. Asking for directions or more beer isn’t going to be a problem.

Feel The Heat

Another huge plus is the weather. Whereas there’s a certain kind of fun to be had in slipping over in the icy streets of an Eastern European city in the dark of winter, in Malta it’s hot enough to wear a t-shirt and shorts all year round. You can’t wind surf or jet ski in Amsterdam

No Hassle

At a mere three hours flight away, getting there and back in a weekend is more than feasible, whilst if you book your Malta airport shuttle transfer online it means that you can drink as much or as little on the plane without worrying about renting a car or taking public transport.

Small But Mighty

Malta is a relatively small place, to be sure, but at more than 450,000 people, it has a larger population than a number of UK cities with big reputations for wild nights on the town. As a consequence, there are plenty of things to do both in the day and evening. These range from climbing and abseiling, to the previously mentioned water sports, to karting, cycling or a sedate round of golf. If the group needs something a little less intense in order to recover, you could always consider taking a look at Malta’s history. For anyone interested in history more generally, or just those with a sense of the wars their fathers and grandfathers fought in, Malta was an important part of the war against the Nazis. There are a number of scuba diving companies that offer the chance to visit some of the wrecks surrounding the island that are a legacy of Malta’s pivotal role in the British navy maintaining control over the Mediterranean.


For nightlife, the place to go is Paceville, a vibrant area of clubs and bars and where stag do groups can find a lively atmosphere, music, fairly cheap booze and plenty of beautiful women looking to party. Packed with different options to choose from, Paceville is a well known landmark on the European dance scene and frequently hosts top DJs. In short, Malta has everything that a self-respecting group of lads could ask for.

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