The impossible warm waters of Zakynthos and the best family beaches

The beach is never too far on Zakynthos. Wherever you are on the island, you will have a great choice of beaches, some only a short drive away. We have toured a good number of them in search for the perfect family beach. For us, that is clean sand (with few or no pebbles) and water, smooth self for a few meters and no motor sports or loud bars to spoil the atmosphere.

Here is a short review of of the beaches in Vasilikos and its surroundings, in the order of preference:

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First impressions of Zakynthos – toddler friendly beaches and calm seas

We landed in Zakynthos a couple of days ago and are still in exploration mode. Here are a few orientation tips if you consider this Greek island for you next ‘two plus’ beach getaway:

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A sunny 48h break in Belgrade, Serbia – rivers and fortresses

Belgrade was the venue of a conference that I attended in May. While walking between work related events, I managed to get a good overview of the city centre and most touristic attractions. It all looked green and lovely, with many cafes spread along the cobbled streets.   At the end of the conference , I extended my stay for a couple of days to explore in more detail this part of the European South.

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Pirate stories and wine tastings in Lanzarote’s heartland

A full day itinerary concentrating in and around Teguise, in the heart of Lanzarote. You should consider doing this itinerary on any day of the week except Sunday. On Sundays there is a big and rather touristic market taking place in Teguise old town that detracts from the peacefulness and serenity of the place.

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Monasteries and vineyards in The Republic of Moldova – a two day itinerary

The Republic of Moldova is located just East of a homonym region of Romania and is surrounded by Ukrainian borders. It’s not on many people’s travel bucket lists which makes it a pleasantly uncrowded discovery. As it is only a few hundred km away from my hometown, it was only a matter of time for me to get an opportunity to visit.

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A short escape in the Mediterranean South – Tunis during Ramadan

Last week, I took a short trip to the Mediterranean South. The main reason for the trip was work related but I did manage to squeeze a few hours for exploration. It is a fascinating place, with thousand year history that you will encounter at every step.

 

The first question I got was: Is it safe?

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A day in Bern, Switzerland – a walking itinerary to explore this compact UNESCO capital

Bern is not a typical capital or a typical Swiss city for that matter. It has a provincial feel and preserves an air of freshness and calm. Some of it maybe due to the beautiful views of the Alps in the distance, watching over the city.

The main sights are concentrated in a rather compact area between the U shape of the Aare river and the train station. So get a comfortable pair of shoes and an umbrella and prepare for an active day of walking and exploring.

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A week in Gyeong ju and Busan – nature, the beach and the hot spring tradition in Korea

From Seoul station, a fast KTX train takes you to Gyeong ju in about 2 h. Adult tickets are 45,000 won and children under 3 are free. There are trains pretty much every 30 min between Seoul and Gyeong ju and a prior reservation is not necessary.

Gyeong ju is dubbed as the Golden City, in commemoration of the golden relics uncovered in the ancient tombs dotted in the area. It is also a UNESCO listed heritage city with a laid back vibe and beautifully preserved temples.

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Family Travel in South Korea – 5 Fun experiences in Seoul

We arrived in Seoul a few days ago, after a reasonably smooth but long flight from Istanbul. We had a good idea of the different options to reach the city but were rather unprepared for the post- flight exhaustion that followed a busy work week. So decided to make our life easier and splurge for a cab.

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