It’s no secret that Bansko is Bulgaria’s most popular ski resort. Ski lovers from neighbouring Romania and Greece as well as the UK and elsewhere flock to the picturesque mountain town every winter. Yet regarding Bansko as a strictly winter destination is a huge mistake. There’s so much more in this quaint little town than its famous ski slopes and it is worth visiting all year round. You can find many articles about skiing in Bulgaria and Bansko ski in particular, so we’re not getting into this at all. Here’s our list of the top things to do in Bansko if skiing is not your thing or if you’re visiting outside ski season. Which you should, by the way.
As you may have noticed by now, our posts are primarily enthusiastic and positive. The main reason for this is because we always tend to focus on the good memories and forget about the bad ones. Another reason is that we are fond of cultural and natural diversity. We manage to find and appreciate beauty no matter how well it’s hidden. That’s why we have fallen in love with almost every destination we have visited. Bucharest is among the cities that didn’t manage to find its special place in our hearts, though. Sure, we have sweet memories from the time we spent there. But it somehow failed to make us want to go back again soon or to stay a little longer. So, “Why read on?” you may think. Because there are certain things to do in Bucharest that you cannot experience elsewhere.
When I think summer vacation in Greece, my mind drifts to some small island in the Aegean Sea. One of those windswept rock formations with white-washed houses perched on steep cliff sides. The kind of island you need to spend a minimum of 6 long hours on board a ship before you can swim into its deep blue waters. This is why I was always skeptical about Elafonisos, the tiny island overlooking the southern tip of the Peloponnese. It ticked none of my boxes. Given its proximity to the mainland, I didn’t even know if it qualified as an island to begin with.
But the truth is that I kept hearing nothing but praise about Elafonisos and its beaches. So, “Why not?”, I thought. And I went. And, then, I threw my doubts and my idiotic unticked boxes out of the window. Elafonisos is one of the best destinations imaginable for a relaxing summer vacation by the beach.
Few cities in the world are so immediately recognisable as Venice. Who hasn’t been enchanted by its beauty just by looking at pictures of the Grand Canal and the pastel-coloured palazzi lining it? Yet there is no shortage of stories from people who have been disappointed by the city. “It’s expensive”, “it smells bad”, “it’s too crowded” are the commonest complaints and they are not entirely ungrounded. Εspecially the latter. However, La Serenissima, as Venice is traditionally known, is a unique, almost unbelievably beautiful city. A fairy-tale destination unlike any other. So, what to do in Venice to fully immerse yourselves in its magic? First and foremost, understand its peculiarities and you will have the time of your life in this masterpiece of a city.
If you are part-time travellers with a tight schedule, it takes a lot of brainstorming and rough planning to decide upon your next destination. However, if your motto is Italy is always a good idea and you live in neighbouring Greece, things get a tad easier. Therefore, when low-cost airline Ryanair added Bologna to its direct flights from Athens schedule, there wasn’t much to think about. Both Katerina and I are utterly and totally in love with Italy. So much so that we want to go everywhere in the country. Having already been to Rome twice and after a dreamy road trip through Tuscany a few years back, it felt just about the right time to visit a more laid-back Italian city. So, off we were for yet another chance to enjoy la bella vita among adorable locals. And taste some of the world’s most exquisite food in the process.
Have you ever had a random, rather meaningless childhood memory that has stayed with you a lot longer than expected? I must have been about 10 years old when a wine commercial on TV literally haunted me. It was about a young couple reminiscing their summer vacation in Monemvasia Castle. The story followed the two lovebirds as they ran about the narrow cobbled streets trying to find refuge from a sudden summer shower. Once the fortress town appeared on my TV screen, I was doomed. I knew I had to visit.