Category Archives: Kids-friendly

Tuscany – tips for visiting with kids

It’s been a while since I last posted on my blog. Mostly for reasons of planning, packing, travelling, unpacking, then – making up with work and then – the above repeats again 🙂 But, I am getting back to my routine of blogging hopefully!

This post was provoked by a recent discussion I had on a family travel blog where the topic ”Tuscany with kids” was discussed. Well, I was amazed t hear that ‘Pisa is not worth it’, ‘Florence is packed with tourists and no way you should go with kids’, ‘Accommodation is way too expensive’ so – I decided to give my 5 cents on this in a blog post. Mostly because – Tuscany is amazing, and even more for kids so – you should definitely take them there.

Here I share a few tips that would make travel to Tuscany with kids easier and more enjoyable for your whole family, based on my recent travel experience.

10 reasons why Cyprus is a must-visit

If you are following my posts, you may have noticed that I do enjoy islands (Capri, The Aeoilian islands, Malta, the Canary islands being my favorite). Not sure why’s that, maybe the atmosphere on an island is way more different than on mainland – lots of traditions and peculiarities of the island are preserved, tourists are typically less (well, not on popular islands like Santorini), life tends to be less busy and – there are so many hidden spot to explore, to swim, to enjoy!

Early this summer I checked out yet another interesting destination – Cyprus. And it was early in summer since summers in Cyprus tend to get hot and a whole day walking program would have been difficult to pursue. So – if you plan a trip there yourself, go outside the months of June – August.

The ancient Roman city Philippi in Greece – photo report

Greece has so many ruins from previous civilizations inhabiting its territories. I have visited many, but the historical site I visited last week really impressed me. The site is the ancient Roman city of Philippi, located some 15 kms from Kavala (a city in the north-eastern part of the country, usually recognized as the starting point for the ferries to Thassos island). I’ve been to Kavala many times, never spotted this amazing place.

Crete – 10 reasons to visit the biggest island of Greece

It’s April and it’s just the right time to visit the biggest island of Greece and 5th biggest island in the Mediterranean sea – Crete. Actually, I’d say April is the best time to visit most of Europe – spring comes in full speed, flowers are blooming, the tourist crowds are less and costs are flight/hotel costs are at their low-season levels.

Why go to Crete though? Here’s ten top reasons:

Malta – top 10 sights to see in 3 days

As a traveller with a 9-5 job, I am trying to make the most out of long weekends and public holidays. If you are in my shoes and want to take a 3-4 day break in Malta, here’s what I recommend seeing in such a short timeframe. And, before planning your Malta trip, check out my tips for visiting Malta, including best time to go, transport on the island and others.

Malta – tips for visiting the islands

In October I decided to check out the three Maltese islands (Malta, Gozo and Comino) for a long weekend break. This country is an absolute gem and I really did not expect I would like it that much! So much history, well-preserved sights, such a relaxed atmosphere and friendly people..wish I could spend at least a month there!

With Wizzair offering pretty inexpensive flights to the island from most major European cities, I must say – put the country in your must visit list. And, do not listen to people on forums telling you that ‘within 3 days you should have seen pretty much everything on the island’. 3 days are totally insufficient, so stay as long as you can 🙂

I’ll be sharing within a few posts what we managed to see within hectic 3.5 days. However, I will dedicate this post to tips on organizing your stay, so you don’t spend too much time on it.

Croatia gems: Krka National Park

If you are travelling to the southern part of the Croatian Riviera, you shouldn’t miss Krka national park (http://www.npkrka.hr) – an impressive sequence of gorges, lakes and waterfalls laid out on Krka river as it makes its progress to the sea. Krka is located close (23 km) to the town of Šibenik, which is almost in the mid of Zadar-Split road. From Plitvice lakes Krka park is a ~2 hour drive.

Krka park encompasses an area of 142 km2 and extends along a 2 km part of the river Krka, between the towns of Knin and Skradin. It’s a slightly less popular attraction than Plitvice (read my review of Plitvice lakes) – gets 750 thousands visitors/year compared to 1 million for Plitvice – but is an awesome place to go, especially in the heat. Reason: in one of the park waterfalls you can actually swim!

Croatia gems: Plitvice lakes

If you are an avid traveler, there’s no way you haven’t heard of Plitvice lakes in Croatia. It’s a very famous attraction in Croatia (gets more than 1 million visitors every year) and the biggest national park in Southeast Europe. You can reach it by travelling from Zagreb to Zadar, it’s almost in the halfway.

And no wonder it’s so well-known – the park is amazing and is a must-seе. And despite being a popular attraction, it’s actually not that crowded and you may stroll around quite undisturbed. It’s also a perfect place to visit with kids.

The name Plitvice comes from plitvak (meaning shallow in Croatian) – referring to the shallow basins filled with water, which later became lakes.

The Aeolian islands (Sicily)

The lizard and the volcanoes – the symbols of the Aeolian

Have you heard about the Aeolian islands? A year ago, neither had I 🙂 I was having a 6 am breakfast in a lovely Cefalu (Sicily) bed and breakfast, with an amazing view north of Sicily..when I spotted those islands. “These are pretty close to Sicily and to one another, there are several of them… sounds like a good sailing destination, isn’t it?’ was an instant thought. Few months later – there we go with a sailing crew!

In a series of blog post I will cover what we saw when visiting 5 of these 7 islands. Why series? Because there was so much to see. And I’m sure we didn’t cover even half of the best views and sights. Hope you’ll enjoy the posts, but go see these yourself!

The Aeolian islands are named by the Greeks after Aeolus – God of the Winds, because of the constant high winds in the area. There’s even an Aeolian triangle here where bizarre things happen to sailors (similar to the Bermuda triangle). Alas, not to us, though I had dug all possible literature for this phenomenon and was ‘prepared’ 😉

Lucca – Tuscany’s best kept secret

Being very close to Pisa (40-50 kms), Lucca was also a destination in our 3-day trip to Tuscany, the primary goal of which was visiting Le Cinque Terre.

Lucca is claimed to be Tuscany’s best kept secret – a place which is less touristic than Pisa, but featuring many and truly beautiful medieval buildings, small streets, spacious squares, cute little shops. Moreover, it’s a perfect place to visit with small kids – the old town is mostly pedestrian, very green and peaceful, with many gardens and places for relaxation. As you can guess, it was flooded with bikers too!