This has become a sort of a tradition on my blog. Looking back at the year through 12 photos. A photo for each month of the year. The first time I posted my year in review was in 2016. You can check posts for 2017 and 2018 too if you wish so. 2019 is a year our family grew again. We’ve got now a baby girl and a 2 year old boy. And the cat has got used to all the children by now too 🙂
My 2019 in 12 photos:
I was in Pisa, Italy on 1 January. You can find an old post about Pisa on my blog.
The photo shows just one masked group out of many at the Children’s Carnival parade in Rijeka, Croatia. There’s also the big International Carnival parade.
My cat 😻
Our first trip without our son. Short weekend in Berlin was great! And I was pregnant 18 weeks with my daughter.
Attending a friend’s wedding. Actually this year two of our friends got married.
Day trip to Dubovac Castle with our boy. It was a fun day trip.
We’ve visited the medieval festival at Dvigrad ruins in Istria.
We’ve spent most of the summer at island Krk. This is the fortress in Krk town.
My baby girl L. was born in the first half of September.
A walk in the nature…..
My boy turned 2!
St.Nicholas Day, Christmas markets, my birthday, Christmas, New Year’s..the best month of the year!! 🙂 The photo is from Opatija, Croatia
That was my 2019 in 12 photos:)
What about your 2019? How was it? Where did you travel?
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Since it’s almost the holiday season I’ve partnered up with GPSmyCity for a Christmas giveaway. I’m sure you’re already quite familiar with this indispensable travel tool. Some of my blog posts have been turned into travel article apps which you can download for free from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. You can use them offline wherever you are. If you want the map and the GPS navigation you pay a small fee for an upgrade. You can also get a subscription and get access to numerous travel articles for the same destination. In this giveaway you can get my travel article apps Sunday in Trieste and Christmas markets in Vienna.
I love Christmas markets. I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited all the Christmas markets in Vienna over the past few years. Last year I ticked off the last item on my Christmas markets in Vienna list: Altes AKH Christmas Market – the Christmas Village Former General Hospital (also known as the Christmas market at the Campus of the University of Vienna). Altes AKH Christmas market isn’t exactly in the heart of Vienna which is why you won’t find that many tourists there. However, that doesn’t mean that it is far from the city center. On the contrary, it took me less than 15 minutes on foot from the main Christmas market in front of the City Hall to this charming Christmas market in the courtyard of the University of Vienna. I visited it in the early afternoon on a Saturday so there weren’t that many people around yet. I’m sure it gets more crowded later in the afternoon and in the evening.
Expectations, expectations, expectations.. can make or break a holiday. I usually have great expectations of life in general so naturally when it comes to travel sometimes I get disappointed because of my unrealistic or unsubstantiated expectations. However, sometimes a place exceeds all of my expectations and I have an amazing time on my trip. In the past few years a couple of places have turned out to be pleasant surprises and only one fell short of my expectations.
I had high hopes of a chocoholic heaven (Brussels) but in the end I had mixed feelings about the capital of the EU. It’s not you Brussels, it’s me. I’m sure some people will like you more than I did.
4 years ago I launched this travel blog The Red Phone Box Travels. I wanted to share my travel adventures with the world 😉I may not have travelled as much or as often as some other bloggers but I have loved everything about travel. My life has changed a lot in the past four years. After years of waiting for a baby I finally got pregnant in 2017 and gave birth to a healthy, beautiful boy. It was a challenge to continue blogging after becoming a mum. We have travelled with our son so far and this year we went to Berlin without him, our first trip alone after becoming parents. But our family is growing again. Our baby girl is due very, very soon. To blog and to travel with two children will surely be even more challenging. I don’t know yet if I’ll take a short or a long break from blogging or just write infrequently. Time will tell!
Planning a holiday with children can be daunting. You need to keep them entertained and travel without trouble. Your destination needs to be safe, and there are so many things to take with you!
Here are four of the best places to travel as a young family. Could one of these be your next holiday destination?
It’s every parent’s dream to take their child to a Disney theme park.
The Magic Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida, is the most popular theme park of all. In fact, almost 21 million people walked through the Disney World gates in 2018 alone. But the trip to Florida is a long one. A flight from Heathrow to Orlando takes more than eight hours, and the Orlando heat can also be difficult for babies and toddlers to cope with.
For young families, Disneyland Paris may be the preferred option. It’s a great place to visit with children, for all of the Disney magic on a smaller (and milder) scale. You can travel by car, which is ideal if you need to pack all of your family essentials, and can even go for just a short break or weekend away.
Twinings Tea Shop in the City of London is one of the British institutions that must be visited when in London, whether you’re a tea lover or not.
I love the City Of London because it’s an area of London where you can find old Roman remains and the newest skyscrapers and oddly enough that looks amazingly great together. On my last trip to London in 2016 (gosh, it’s been already three years since my last pilgrimage to London 😉 ) I revisited the City Of London. I admired the free views of London from the Sky Garden and learnt more about the history of London at the Museum of London.
I’ve also bought some tea at Twinings Tea Shop. This is the oldest tea shop in London dating back to 1706. Twinings historical flagship store is right across the Royal Courts of Justice at 216 Strand, the City of London. Read more