As a kid, the school subject I hated the most was History. All those names and dates dancing before my eyes were not at all intriguing. Yet, as I grew older I realised that history is not just a way to torture high school students. Now, I consider history an essential part of travelling. From the people’s political choices and how these affected their lives to the architectural trends throughout the centuries, every destination is defined by its history. Both Katerina and I make sure to include as many historic sites as possible in every trip we take. Recent history is what fascinates us the most, though. This made Bucharest and its not so long gone troubled political past an ideal destination for us. The Romanian capital is home to many recent historic treasures. One of these is Casa Ceausescu, the former Ceausescu residence.
This is a special post. In many ways. It’s not an informative one. Nor is it a post that will inspire you to travel to some place new. But it’s a post I love and I will for ever hold dear because it celebrates our nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am overjoyed as I’m writing these lines because our baby travel blog is only a few months old and, yet, it has stood out and earned its first ever recognition. Most importantly, by its peers. So, at this point, I would like to thank fellow travel blog Hang Around the World for this honour. This blog is an amazing source of travel inspiration that you should definitely check out. Grazie di cuore, Amalia e Paolo.
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.
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.