Amsterdam could get quite busy. Especially during good weather summer months. Finding a spot to sit beside a canal can get challenging and you will have to wait in lines to grab a seat at a cafe. If this doesn't sound right, but you still want to be surrounded by pretty ginger bread houses and Dutch "gezelligheid" why not go to Haarlem?!...
Palermo is a great weekend trip destination especially during the off season months of May and September. It is full of sunshine, sea breeze and history. As the whole island the city has changed religions and countries within the centuries and this is depicted in it's architecture and taste.
Street food, mafia, trash problems and 'God Father' filming - Palermo has seen it all.
Our flight back home was leaving from Palermo, so we decided to stay longer and spent 48 hours in the Sicily's capital.
Our car enters Casteluzzo at dusk. 1.5 hours drive from Palermo through curvy highway filled with construction signs gladly ignored by locals and we spot the sign of the village we are aiming for. High hills with olive trees on their slopes, golden light and sea breeze greet us as we consult the navigation system for our street.
Traveling to St-Petersburg and not sure what to expect in terms of expenses? Than you are on the right place - this post is for you! As many of you know by now I moved from St-Petersburg to Germany 11 years ago, but still visit my home city on a regular basis. Whenever I get asked whether it is expensive to travel to St-Petersburg I always answer...
If your kid is under the age where cultural activities like museums, theaters and sports come in play than you might find it difficult to travel to St-Petersburg.
Russians love kids and there are plenty of things to do with your little ones in St-P, but according to Western standards it is not exactly a child-friendly city. You will find high chairs, kids corners and playgrounds anywhere you go as well as kids stores and entertainment programms - there is no flaw here. But to my taste most of them are way to bright-busy-loud for kids. I'm also not a big friend of permanent entertainment and try to find balance between kids and parents activities.
With parks and green areas located mostly outside the city center and with playgrounds squeezed in between busy streets (let's forget about crazy colors and the smell of rubber under the burning summer sun) it doesn't make it easy for the parents, especially if you are a visitor.
With our 2,5 year old daughter Olivia coming along there is always a challenge to find child appropriate places. In this I want to share with you my Summer 2018 catch of favorite locations and things to do in St-Petersburg with a 2,5 years old kid.
As my mom says: 'You can't be careful enough'. At some point she is right - we all should be more careful with our stuff and shouldn't go too easy about leaving our valuables unattended (ookay, now I also sound like my mom). But when traveling you want to relax and not being paranoid about your belongings - there are more important things to pay attention to than guarding your valuables day and night. Some countries are an easy go though - with low crime rates and high security. But what if you are heading to one where tourists are an easy target for thieves? I have to admit that in some countries I have traveled to I felt extremely uncomfortable because of the safety reasons (sorry, Brazil). But having Russian blood and living in Russia through 1990's helped me think straight and be as careful as I can but also enjoy the adventures. Having my bags snatched and cell phones stolen taught me to keep my eyes open and to expect the unexpected, but it haven't scared me from learning new cultures and traveling to faraway lands.
Let me share with you some tips I gathered during our travels on how to keep valuables safe without too much hassle.
I have to note here that those tips won't guarantee you safety, but they will help you to be more relaxed and prepared. But before I start please remember the most important rule of all: