Category: Europe

12 Things to do in Madrid with kids

Madrid, is often seen only as a gateway to other parts of the country. We found it to be a beautiful city in its own right. Located in the heart of the country, it is full of architectural wonders like grand palaces, magnificent monuments, tree-lined boulevards, charming fountains and unique green spaces. Although we visited […]

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How to plan a trip to Spain and Portugal

Spain had been on my bucket list for a long while, but planning a trip to Spain and Portugal was a nightmare - because as usual, we tried to do too much in a short space of time. We decided to add Portugal to our itinerary because it was a country we wanted to visit […]

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How to see Barcelona in one day

“Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it.” Carlos Ruiz Zafon Before I go any further, let me emphasise that I do not recommend going to Barcelona for only one day. Rather I would suggest […]

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How to apply for a Turkish visa

Turkey is a magical country with an abundance of historical sites, natural wonders, stunning architecture and delicious food. It is constantly listed as one of the top countries in the world to visit – with good reason. I’ve been to Istanbul, Ephesus and Kusadasi but there are many more places in Turkey that I still […]

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Budget Holidays in the South Caucasus

Travelling is definitely one of the best things in this world. Still, with a limited budget, you have to plan every detail and, of course, often refuse luxury. My friend and I have a lot of experience with planning and organizing budget tours. This time, we'd like to tell you about our unforgettable trip to […]

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Strolling through the old town of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik was the first port of call on our Mediterranean cruise  . I must confess that I didn't know much about it a month before I went there- other than that it was a picturesque city with orange roofs that I'd love to visit someday - and the location of many Game Of Thrones scenes. […]

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5 Amazing London Experiences (Besides Sightseeing)

Traveling to London can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. It’s one of the prettiest and most impressive cities on the planet, and it’s absolutely packed with noteworthy history and architecture. In fact, there’s so much to see that sightseeing ultimately dominates a lot of tourists’ experiences. There’s Big Ben, the […]

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Fall in love with Venice

Although our visit to Venice coincided with George Clooney’s much-hyped wedding there, we didn't get to see it… or him. However, Venice didn't need George Clooney or anyone else to lend it any stardust - it had enough magic of its own. In accordance with the title La Serenissima (the most serene), one of its […]

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Ancient Olympics - Tracing Olympic history in Olympia

Did you know that… …the Olympic Games were named after the ancient Greek city of Olympia? …the only event initially was a race of about 190m …the very first documented Olympic champion was a baker. …Olympic winners received olive wreaths and branches as prizes…as well as fame. …only Greek speakers were allowed to compete in […]

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Santorini and the Fira Factor

I stood at the top of the cliff on the edge of the island and inhaled the salty air of the Aegean Sea. In front of me, the blackened volcano stood forebodingly in the midnight-blue waters of the caldera, daring anyone to assume that it had become docile. Behind me stood the iconic whitewashed buildings […]

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Top 10 things to do in Venice

It is difficult to choose just 10 things to do in Venice. From my last whirlwind visit to Venice about 18 years ago, I just remember being serenaded with “Sole Mio” on a gondola ride through the canals and posing for old-fashioned non-digital photos in St Mark’s Square. This time, I spent 3 nights there – […]

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Exploring Ephesus and Kusadasi

In its heyday Rome was a superpower. The Roman Empire stood for over a thousand years and at its peak, it ruled from the borders of Scotland to the deserts of Egypt and in between. I am often surprised when tours in non-European countries, like Morocco and Lebanon, include a visit to the Roman ruins […]

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The magic of cruising - Splendour of the Seas

I stood on the top deck of my floating “hotel”, the Splendour of the Seas , and savoured the breath-taking views from my lofty vantage point as we sailed out of Venice’s Giudecca Canal. We passed pointed church steeples and ancient palaces, sidewalk restaurants and bridges traversing narrow canals. The little black and gold gondolas and […]

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