In August & September 2019, we embarked on our first ever European Vacation as a family. Being relatively new to the travelling scene, the trip was filled with many memorable adventures. I captured many beautiful photos and some travel tips, that I have decided to share with you all through this page. I hope you enjoy scrolling through them!
Amsterdam is truly a magical city, and one to definitely put on the bucket list! There is plenty to do in Amsterdam, from museum visits to canal rides, the cafes and night life are fun. The city is picturesque. There is good shopping and great pubs. A place which will definitely be revisited as it was so welcoming and friendly.
Athens, the city of many surprises! An ancient city that holds many beautiful artefacts and buildings. The Acropolis is truly remarkable and a must see! The museum is awesome too. You will be amazed by the Parthenon as it is one of the most amazing structures in the world.
If you need to get around I highly recommend you get in touch with Nikos. Nikos was our driver and organised vehicle transport around Greece. he had not only the best rates, but offered exceptional service. You can contact him through www.luxury-greek-tours.com and be sure to tell him Marea recommended him!
If you take a 30 minute drive from Dubrovnik in Croatia, you will stumble across this small piece of paradise called Cavtat. A small beach town, you can wander through little shops and enjoy fine dining. If the beach is your thing, then you will enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters.
We Embarked on a four day tour of classical Greece. Our first stop was the Corinth Canal. The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese. The canal is man made and is 6.4 kilometres in length. Unfortunately we didn’t get to visit the Ancient City of Corinth, this will have to happen on our next visit!
Greece’s largest island Crete is full of history, has excellent shopping and terrific restaurants. We visited the town of Heraklion, and I definitely want to go back and explore more this beautiful island. The people were wonderful and friendly. I met this lovely lady at a restaurant called TRATA Ouzeri Mezedopoleio, they have a facebook page if you want to look them up – I had never met them before, but not only did they shout me a Frappe but they gave me some fish to feed a colony of starving cats. Gorgeous people! A shout out to the lovely Haroula and Costa for treating me like family for the short time I met you. Highly recommend you visit their fine establishment if you visit Crete.
It was a really windy day when we visited so while no beach weather we still managed to get soaking wet by the ocean waves smashing against the castle. The Venetian fort is a fortress located at the entrance of the old port of Heraklion, Crete, Greece. It was built by the Republic of Venice in the early 16th century, and has a bit of restoration work but it is still in good condition today.
We also visited Knossos Palace & Archaeological Site, which was incredibly interesting but extremely busy. I suggest going as early as you can because the crowds can get quite overwhelming.
The old town of Dubrovnik is truly a stunning place to visit. If you are a Game of Thrones fan you have to do the tour. Its beauty is breathtaking. Take yourself back in time, and you will see not much has changed in this beautiful city. Simple life, great food, spectacular views and a very welcoming community.
Up in Northern Greece, is a beautiful City called Edessa. You will see the most spectacular waterfalls and be able to wander through little cave areas. To watch the waterfalls from behind is truly amazing. A romantic little region, its also a great family location, definitely worth a visit if you are up in that part of Greece.
I had heard many things about Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, mainly how beautiful it is. I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed by the actual city, but we didn’t have much time there so we didn’t get to visit the many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. There are lots of gangs around the station so be careful with your bags and valuables. The buildings and architecture we did see were amazing, and the pizza and cannoli were delicious!