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.
When we were choosing which part of Crete to visit, first of all we checked for beach options. You might know from our Instagram posts and Stories that Olivia loves being next to the water. Actually she loves beeing in the water so we have to be in there too, no matter what temperature the water has.... but that's another side of the coin.
Long story short, if you also enjoy idyllic sunsets, building sand castles and run away from tiny feet chasing you - Chania region is your choice. It has marvelous beaches some of which are holding the title "Europe's best".
Sit back and enjoy the 7 beaches of Chania region we are about to introduce you to. Oh, and we'll totally understand if you'd want to book your ticket to Crete this summer =).
Did we tell you that we love hiking? If you do too Gran Canaria is a right place for you. It's great for hiking. Especially during the winter months when temperatures are mild.
Hiking with a baby could be a challenge. In fact we didn‘t hike much when Olivia was still a toddler.
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.
I often hear parents saying that they are scared of flying with their little ones. I also know that many prefer staying home instead of 'taking the risk'. Of course I undestand the worries (been there too), especially if it's the very first flight. But I think it's better to invest the energy into preparations instead of wasting it on thoughts 'what if'. For the past two years of being a mom I got some experience on traveling with a kid and can honestly tell you that flying is actually the easiest part of every journey (but this is another story).
So let me share with you my 5 simple tips on flying with an infant, the ones I have been following since our daughter flew for the first time in her life when she was 3 months old and the ones I follow since, slightly adjusting the conditions as she keeps growing.
Rotorua - New Zealand's geothermal paradise is famous not only for it's hot springs, but for maori culture as well. One of the best places to learn about Maori lifestyle and traditions as well as whitness the power of Mother nature is Te Puia. One can spot errupting geysers and walk the beautiful Whakarewarewa geothermal valley in less than a day.