From the outside looking in, Monaco can be a little bit hard to get a handle on. Sometimes thought of as its own country, sometimes counted as a sort of extension of the French Riviera, it’s actually a small, independent city-state along France’s Mediterranean coastline. Undeniably associated with a sort of opulent reputation, it’s best known for the wonderful city of Monte-Carlo – which, as you’ll see in this piece, is where the must-do activities are.
1.) Monaco Grand Prix
We’ll start off with perhaps the most famous event that takes place in Monaco, which is the renowned Monaco Grand Prix. This annual competition offers the chance to experience F1 (Formula One) motor racing up close and personal in a unique and beautiful setting. During the May event (which takes up a few days when you consider the build-up and aftermath), the whole of Monaco (and a large population of tourists) goes completely car crazy, and nearly every street is shut down for the race.
Dubovac Castle, Karlovac, Croatia
It’s been a while since my last Discover Croatia post and it’s also been a long time since our last day trip as a family. But it’s completely different to travel with an active toddler than a baby. Needless to say, I found it easier to travel with a baby and now regret not travelling more with my son when he was younger. However, that doesn’t mean that we won’t travel with him anymore. At the moment with him running in all directions and me being pregnant again the most simplest of walks can be difficult. Nevertheless, this day trip was great and our boy was on his best behaviour and really enjoyed exploring Dubovac Castle.
So, let’s write about Dubovac Castle. This castle is situated on a hill overlooking the town of Karlovac which is halfway between the capital of Croatia Zagreb and its biggest seaport Rijeka. Dubovac Castle is a Renaissance castle with Gothic elements whose oldest parts date back to the 13th century. The name of the castle originates from the word for an oak tree in Croatian language since it was surrounded by a large oak trees forest. There’s still a lot of greenery around the castle but not a proper forest.
The Balkan Peninsula is not a major tourist destination like other European sites. But this overlooked area has everything from pristine beaches to charming mountains. From cultural cities to archaeological parks, and all of that for half of the cost of the most famous tourist destinations in Western Europe. We strongly recommend that you visit the Balkans as soon as possible before everyone discovers how beautiful it is. Read our list of the ten best cities to visit in this beautiful European region.
With its communist dictatorship and international isolation, the Romanian capital remained isolated for decades from the eyes of curious visitors. Today, partygoers from all around the world arrive to enjoy thrilling Bucharest stag do weekends accompanied with low-cost shopping spree moments. Amazing new opportunities have been created all around the city and foreign visitors swear that around every corner you can find minor cultural shocks that you will simply never forget.
Piran is a picturesque medieval town that is situated beside the Adriatic Sea in Slovenia. It has a lot to offer for such a small town in terms of history, culture, and museums. From Tartini’s theater and square, inspired by the built-in composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini, to the unique coastal galleries, Piran will satisfy all thirst for Slovenian art and culture. Lose yourself in their narrow streets and catch the sun on the coast. For stunning views of the Old Town and the sea, don’t forget to climb to the top of the Saint George Church bell tower to enjoy 360-degree views which extend to both Croatia and Italy. It will leave you speechless to say at least.
Rovinj old town in Adriatic sea coast of Croatia, Europe
When you think of Croatia, it comes to your mind the amazing city of Dubrovnik. Well, there is no doubt that Dubrovnik is the Adriatic’s star, but Croatia is home to other beautiful destinations, such as Rovinj, to name just one. Rovinj is an old town and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Balkans in the summer. Rovinj has crystal clear waters, wonderful beaches, cool nightclubs, excellent restaurants and is also the perfect place to enjoy outdoor adventures, such as scuba diving and relaxing.
On the second day of our short weekend in Berlin the weather gods smiled upon us again and gave us a sunny, warm day perfect for city sightseeing. Our first stop was the Potsdamer platz, another modern square. The reason for our visit was the Berlin Wall. I’d seen photos of this square with remains of the Berlin Wall. There’s an information panel about the wall at the square but what surprised me were the chewing gums at the remains of the wall. On the other side of the square you can see a small Korean temple and another block of the Wall as a sort of reminder that Korea is still divided in half just like Germany used to be.
the remains of the Berlin Wall
Berlin, Berlin..it was nice to meet you, hope to see you again! In a nutshell, that’s what I could write about our short weekend in Berlin. However, I decided to tell you all about our Berlin trip at the beginning of April so read on 🙂.
We had our very cheap flight for Berlin on Friday afternoon and after a couple of initial hiccups (the late departure, the long queue at the passport control and the long wait for the overcrowded airport bus) we finally arrived to the city center. For some unknown reason our airport bus stopped near the Brandenburg Gate and we had to find a different way of getting to the Alexanderplatz square. While we were already near the Brandenburg Gate we decided to have a look at it and to see the nearby Reichstag building too (parliament) even though that was planned for Saturday morning.
Berlin will always be remembered as the first city that we visited after becoming parents but without our toddler. It was a short city break, a perfect adventure before the second baby arrives. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d like Berlin very much but it surprised us both and we liked it better than we’d expected. It’s a vibrant cosmopolitan city with beautiful old and new architecture and a painful history that should never be forgotten.We were lucky and had warm and sunny weather which helped our exploration of the city. We walked a lot but we’ve also taken advantage of Berlin’s cheap public transport.
I’ll write more about the attractions we managed to visit during our short weekend in Berlin. This is just a photo post to show you all the highlights of our trip to the beautiful German capital. Hope you like these snapshots from Berlin.
Reichstag building (parliament)
I’ve recently visited Berlin, posts coming soon
Would you rather..?
Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi blog has created an interesting would you rather post (travel related obviously) and invited everyone to share their answers too. So, here are Emma’s questions and my answers.
– TRAVEL OR FOCUS ON YOUR CAREER AT THE AGE OF 25?
Actually I got an internship in England at that age and spent some time in the land of Shakespeare. So, it was both for me too Emma 😉
– NEVER TAKE THE TRAIN OR NEVER TAKE AN AIRPLANE AGAIN?
I love travelling by train but I haven’t done it in a long time. Honestly, if I never took an airplane again I’d never travel again so… My answer is never take the train 😦