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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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