We just came back from Stockholm and are itching to share with you everything we managed to see, do, try and stumble upon within our 48 hours stay in this vibrant Swedish capital.
If there was one sentence to describe Stockholm we'd choose "Perfect for families". The city is so well thought through and open to children that your heart opens up too. You see parents, grandparents and kiddies everywhere you go. Or maybe we just pay more attention to it now, who knows?!
Fact is that everywhere we went we saw families happily walking the streets, having lunch, playing outside and engaging in all sorts of family activities.
All the little tokens of attention from pavement slides to playgrounds with covered playing areas - it all makes it count.
The feeling we had was that kids are welcome everywhere.
So, if you are still in doubt on where to go with your kid - Scandinavia is the best start possible.
Oh, and thumbs up to Swedish dads who take a very active role in bringing up kids! I (Alexandra) don't think I have seen dad + kid combo so often as on the streets of Stockholm.
Once we stayed in an apartment in Helsinki which had a big coffeemaker, but no tea kettle. Later we learned that in Nordic countries coffee is king and many easily consume 4-5 cups a day. It's mostly filter coffee without milk or sugar in it.
With this in mind, assuming that Swedes also prefer coffee over tea we didn‘t have any doubts that there will be enough places with good coffee in Stockholm...
Hello everybody, today we want to take you to Kutaisi, Georgia.
The country of Georgia has been sitting on our bucket list for a long time. Georgian cuisine (it is very popular nowadays in Russia), Georgian history, relatives coming from the Caucasus - it all rang a bell.
And how off the beaten path is yet still Georgia? Although the number of foreign visitors is growing, it is definitely not (yet) one of those places that gets flooded every weekend with masses of tourists. And yet European low cost airlines recently discovered Kutaisi as one of their destinations which makes it very convenient and easy to reach.
So this May we finally got the chance to come to Kutaisi on behalf of Visit Kutaisi. This was a good opportunity to start our relationship with Georgia.
Unfortunately, in the end we didn't make it there as a family - Alexandra stayed home with the kids. But Florian flew in for a weekend together with his friend and professional photographer Moritz and is going to share his impressions and tell you what one can do in Kutaisi in 48 hours.
Once upon a time, when I was 14 years old and a quite nasty teenager at that I went to Spain with mom. Her dream was to see Granada and Seville. Mine - eating a lot of frozen juice ice-cream and complain about anything and everything (sorry, mom).
The only memory I have from back then is a yellowish photo of myself with a grumpy face infront of the Columbus monument in the World's largest Seville Cathedral. It was time to fix that memory. And as Spring is the most amazing time in Andalusia, we got our tickets fixed and flew in for a long weekend.
This time I was a mom. And even though our kids are far from being teenagers, I'm sure you agree that city trip as a couple and city trip as a family is a completely different challenge.
Saying that, let us share with you what we managed to discover in the Andalusian capital during our 48 hours stay. Hope you will find our tips helpful.
Cologne is my dear friend. When I moved to Germany in 2007 I have spent a lot of time there. Living and studying in Bonn - Cologne neighbour - Cologne was the next biggest city to visit. I have brought all my visitors there and climbed the famous Cologne Cathedrale what felt like a hundred times.
Apart from my warm feelings Cologne is also a perfect weekend trip destination with enough points of interest to get you through but not too many that leave you undecided on where to start. Everyone would find something special here - let it be crazy Carnival party, marvelous Cologne Cathedrale or vibrant student life - Germany's largest university is in Cologne.
So let me tell you about my favorites in case you decided to spend a weekend in this cozy city along the Rhine river.
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.