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Three places to visit in Europe, if you Love Drinking Wine

A glass of Wine can tell you a story of the different wine regions and wineries in Europe when made with minimal use of oak.  Best way to experience European Wine Tours is to go on a Wine Tasting Holiday. From rooftop cocktails to river cruises here are the unmissable experiences in one of the Best Wine Destinations in Europe.

Wine consumption has held historical significance in Europe, and it is an integral part of the European culture. Wine is also an often-used ingredient in the cuisines of Europe be it Greek cuisine, Mediterranean cuisine, Spanish cuisine, French cuisine, Italian cuisine, or other cuisines.

The wine’s come in various varieties namely Red Wine, White Wine, Rose Wine, Sparkling Wine, etc. The sweetness of the wine, its alcohol content, and other aspects of its taste are decided by the winemaker. So, in every country, in every region, you stand a chance of tasting a wine that has a unique flavor. Given how common it is to find quality wines in Europe it is also common among travelers to either make wine sampling a part of their trip to Europe or they come to Europe specifically to go on the wine trail. So, some of the regions where the travelers go, to sample the local wines from the wineries are:

France – The consumption of wine is popular in French Culture. The French love to match wine with their food. It is commonplace for travelers to go on Wine Tours across the countryside of France. Those who do not have that much time on the itinerary go on Day tours for a wine tasting which is organized from cities like Paris. The regions of Burgundy, Chardonnay, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, etc. are world-famous for their wines.

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Italy – Italy is one of the largest producers of wine in the world. Just like the French, their wine is also world-famous. Wines from regions like Prosecco are valued the world over. They have been producing wine since the pre-Roman period. Other famous wine-producing regions in Italy include the Tuscan region, the Piedmont region, and the Lombardy region. In Italy, the concept of agritourism is very popular. In this concept travelers often rent out farmhouses or rooms in farmhouses so that they are closer to nature and also, they can taste the local cuisine and the local wine. Wine tours are also common here.

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Spain – Spain is one of the top three wine-producing countries in the world. While many parts of Spain produce wine, but it is only the world-renowned regions where wine tasting tours happen. Regions like La Rioja Alavesa, Ribera del Duero, Marco de Jerez, Priorat, Navarre, etc. are some of the major regions where wine tasting tours happen. As the Spaniards prefer to combine their food with wine it is common for quite a few places to serve Spanish fare along with wines during such tours.

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So, when traveling in Europe it will be a very common feature for a traveler to find a locally produced wine accompanying their food. Even a small island like Santorini in Greece serves its own style of wine along with its local cuisine. This is why traveling on a wine tasting journey to Europe can be like traveling through a wonderland with so many varieties of wine on offer. So, the best thing for you to do is to consult a travel expert so that they can curate the ‘best’ wine experiences for you so that you can have a trip of your lifetime!

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Our top ten things to do in Ireland!

I am often asked how I have chosen the top 10 list, that I put up on my blog.  While in college I found it much easier to create a list when I started studying for a test or writing a term paper. Knowing that it is easy to understand why I create a top ten list, now as to how do I decide what goes on the list, simply put it is things I would like to do or have done in Ireland.  I have chosen things on this list either because I have come across them while studying for certifications, personal experience, research, or client recommendations. Each of the item on the top 10 has a link, which will open a new window for more information.

 Let us know what you think of our list in the comments below the list. 

1. Croagh Patrick

‘But the mountain got its name from Ireland’s Patron Saint, St. Patrick. The story goes that after spending 40 days and nights fasting at the mountain peak, St Patrick was set upon by demons and snakes. He promptly banished them from the island. Ireland has been a snake free zone ever since!’

2. Stay in a castle

‘We’ve all heard the stories about “once upon a time” where a Prince heroically saves a Princess in some sort of way and they live together in a magnificent castle, so naturally, fairytale castles hold a special place in our hearts.’

 3. Guinness Storehouse

‘Nearly 6 years ago, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most iconic beer landmarks in the entire world. I was on my first ever trip abroad between my sophomore and junior year of college and had just finished studying abroad in Spain.’

 4. Giant’s Causeway

‘The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking hexagonal columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

However, legend says that the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant (Finn MacCool) to use as a bridge to Scotland. MacCool was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. MacCool accepted the challenge and built the causeway so the two could meet. However, MacCool outwitted Benandonner, leading him to flee back to Scotland, destroying the causeway along the way so MacCool could not follow.’

5.  Sean’s bar

‘Welcome to Sean’s Bar. Located in the town of Athlone, which is a 90-minute drive due west from Dublin, Sean’s Bar is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland, especially after its claims of being the oldest pub in Ireland were accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records back in 2000.’

6. Ring of Kerry

‘Driving the Ring of Kerry was a fantastic experience full of quintessential Irish sights- colourful towns, green fields, craggy cliffs, small islands, windswept beaches, low mountains, castle ruins, and ancient stone forts.’

 7.  Bushmills Distillery

‘The Old Bushmills Distillery produces single malt—that’s it. “We’ve always stayed true to 100% malted barley,” explains Master Blender Helen Mulholland. That’s really the history of Irish whiskey on the whole as well; at least until the Crown imposed taxes on malted barley. That of course led to an evolution of Irish whiskey based on the usage of unmalted barley’

 8.  Leap Castle

‘There is stiff competition for the title of “Ireland’s Most Haunted Castle”. Yet if the history of the castle is the single deciding factor, then there is only one clear winner, and that is Leap Castle in Offaly. People have dwelt on the site of the castle since at least 500BC, and possibly even back to neolithic times.’

 9.  Spike Island

‘Spike Island sits in Corks harbour, one of the world’s largest natural harbours. It is 104 acres, half a mile in length and one third of a mile in breadth. Its prime location has been the reason for its use as a monastery, defence and prison. Its history is rich and varied. The town of Cobh looks across the harbour to it. In September 2017, at the World Travel Awards, Spike Island was named ‘Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction’, ahead of the Acropolis in Athens, Buckingham Palace in London, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is one of the tourist attractions that Cork has to offer.’

 10. Cliffs of Moher

‘A cold wind blows as I walk along the legendary Cliffs of Moher. The most famous natural landmark in Ireland rises dramatically out of the ocean, waves crashing into rocks far below.’

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Get off the mainland!

When you go to Greece, it’s really a must to hit the Greek islands. Not only is it what the country is famous for. Each of the Greek islands has something unique, and each of them has its own, good reason to go to it. 

Let’s start with a half dozen:

 Milos: Have you ever been to a beach with sand that’s so white it looks like snow? That’s Milos – an unreal, un-crowded Greek island that’s like something out of a movie – or maybe an alien planet. From beach relaxation to cliff jumping for the adrenaline junkies, Milos has it all! 

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Mykonos: Here’s the classic Greek party island. Overrun and overcrowded? Maybe. But there’s a reason. Mykonos is the place to be in the Aegean. Nightlife galore. Food to die for. Pristine white buildings that feel like a movie set. This island has it all, and well earns its crowds! However, unlike some of the smaller, laid-back Greek islands, you can’t just show up here and expect to find a decent accomodation. For the best hotels, book with 3-6 months of anticipation.

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Naxos: This is one of the more picturesque islands in the Aegean. Here you can drive (or hike!) up into the hills and catch a spectacular view of a delightful, quaint town across the valley. Perfect for families, this is an island where you can bring your kids to relax – or run all around, if that’s what the kids prefer doing! 

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Paros: This island is the ideal place to take a break from all the running around to ancient ruins. And just chill. Where else can you stand on a stone dock on the shores of the Mediterranean, and gaze at the pile of vibrant white houses on the hill beyond, topped by a two-spited white cathedral? A less touristy island than many, the locals here are fantastic. And the food – often straight from the sea – is, if possible, even better. A must-see in this stunning country. 

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Antiparos: Does this name resemble any other island we’ve talked about? Paros, maybe? Well, as you might suppose, Antiparos is located right next to Paros – a mere five minute ferry ride away. But in terms of tranquility, it’ll feel like you stepped into Heaven. Not that Paros is a bustling metropolis, but Antiparos is even more tranquil – and the water is, somehow, even more translucent and blue! 

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Sifnos: If you’ve never tried Greek cooking, you’re going to want to, on Sifnos. This island’s most famous inhabitant is Nicholas Tselementes, who – in 1910 – wrote the first Greek cookbook. And on this island, a feast is just a matter of course. It’s not just moussaka; it’s stewed capers and chickpea croquettes and stewed capers are taverna staples, and potteries that produce the casseroles used for revitháda (baked chickpeas) and mastello (lamb with red wine and dill).

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Our top ten things to do in New Orleans

I am often asked how I have chosen the top 10 list, that I put up on my blog.  While in college I found it much easier to create a list when I started studying for a test or writing a term paper. Knowing that it is easy to understand why I create a top ten list, now as to how do I decide what goes on the list, simply put it is things I would like to do or have done in New Orleans.  I have chosen things on this list either because I have come across them while studying for certifications, personal experience, research, or client recommendations. Each of the item on the top 10 has a link, which will open a new window for more information.

 Let us know what you think of our list in the comments below the list. 

  1. Festivals

“Part of what makes New Orleans such a great place to visit, are the various festivals. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular festivals that take place annually in NOLA. Whether you’re into food fests or are only in town for the local musicians, there’s sure to be one festival that suits your fancy!”

2. Music

“New Orleans may have been named one of National Geographic’s 10 Essential Sounds of America for its position as the birthplace of Jazz, but jazz isn’t the only music genre with unique ties to the Crescent City.”

 3. French Quarter

“As the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, the French Quarter exudes history. It houses centuries-old buildings and holds millions of stories. From museums to shops to bars and restaurants, there is plenty to do in the Quarter. Below are our top 10 things to check out during your next visit to the French Quarter.”

 4. Sports 

“New Orleans and sporting events are almost as synonymous as New Orleans and Mardi Gras. You can truly read the city’s heartbeat through the success of the New Orleans football team. On a Sunday game day, it seems nearly every local in the city has on their black and gold. Whether you travel to New Orleans to root on the home team or the opponent, the energy is irreplaceable and a considerable part of making New Orleans a unique city in the U.S. Football is undoubtedly at the top of the New Orleans sports hierarchy, but not the only intriguing and exciting option.”

5.  New Orleans Cemeteries and Haunted Tour

“Whether or not you believe in ghosts, you can’t deny that New Orleans has a supernatural atmosphere. Between the city’s history of Voodoo practice, tales of vampires, hauntingly beautiful above-ground cemeteries, and secret torture chambers, there are plenty of spooky tales to go around. If you want to learn about this fabled side of New Orleans, take a haunted tour! What better time than the Fall, with Halloween approaching? We’ve made a list of our favorite”

6. National World War 2 Museum

“Three levels of World War II memorabilia await, including huge model displays that you can drive toy tanks over and replicas of life-size submarines, as well as life-size bunkers you can walk inside, thousands of artifacts from guns to patches and flags to uniforms. The museum could quite literally have been picked up from Washington, D.C. alongside any of the other Smithsonian’s buildings and been dropped here overnight.”

 7.  Mardi Gras

“In the name of helping other travelers do more during Mardi Gras than roam Bourbon Street and eat at Café du Monde, here’s a unique first timer’s guide to Mardi Gras in New Orleans to immerse you in New Orleans’ craziest season. Includes practical advice, offbeat tips, and plenty of planning resources.

 8.  Culinary Tour

“If you tell someone you are going to New Orleans, you’ll immediately get a list of all the great places to eat from them. We put a question up on our Facebook page asking what people loved about New Orleans and nearly everyone mentioned their favourite place to eat! That’s because New Orleans food is one of a kind.

 9.  Swamp Tour

“There is a ton to do in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana but a must do is to wander out of the city for an authentic New Orleans Louisiana Swamp Tour. I visited NOLA this past October for my friend, Ashley’s, Bachelorette party. Being 20 weeks pregnant at the time, seeing the swamp tour on the itinerary was something I was really looking forward to. It was the perfect day activity to chill, see something new and be outside.”

 10. Plantation Tour

“No visit to New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or Lafayette in south Louisiana would be complete without exploring the New Orleans plantations, some of America’s most interesting, and tragic, history. Mixed in with present day farms and scattered houses are the restored Antebellum-era “big house” plantations, some with refurbished outbuildings and slave cabins.”

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