Category: Travels

Modica – the chocolate kingdom

Sicilian people actually must be grateful to their Spanish invaders because they brought from Mexico the cocoa beans and a recipe for this chocolate from the Aztecs in the 16th century. This ancient Aztec technique of making divine chocolate is still used by generations and generations of families in Modica.

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Etna: Another planet!

We are among those people who live with their head in the clouds, but this time it wasn’t just metaphorically. We were literally in the clouds while we stood on the craters of the active volcano of Mount Etna. Fortunately, the lava was sleeping peacefully that day. We told the kids to be quiet so they would not wake it up. They took it pretty seriously, so we had a peaceful and relaxed time on Etna. We were amazed by the power and magic of this place.

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Seven days in Palermo

We have heard that Sicilians often get angry when tourists mention them in the context of the mafia, even in the joke. We didn’t joke about it.  We spent seven adventure days in Palermo without meeting mafia, but we had to deal with police in one situation 😉

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The city of Gods: Agrigento

The famous valley includes the remains of seven temples. The Temple of Concordia is one of the best preserved from the Greek age in the world. The children didn’t value the fact that these temples resisted earthquakes and weather over many years. Instead of admiration, they complained that these ‘old buildings’ have no roof. To invoke some interest for the roofless temple, I told them that people were bringing all kind of things to the gods to please them.

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How to see all Bali’s Animals for free

We ambitiously decided to see all the animals in Bali in just one day. The first place we visited was the ‘greatest bird reserve’, where precious parrots and other birds live, like nowhere else in the world. There are not only birds but also crocodiles and various reptiles hidden somewhere in the reserve, “Like nowhere else in the world” (as was written in a tourist brochure).

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Catania – a city made of lava

Located beneath the Etna Volcano, Catania was destroyed by several volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and finally rebuilt in the luxurious Baroque style. They used lava for building the city, so it is mostly in dark grey. I admire people who still live beneath volcanoes knowing that it could activate?!

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A Family adventure in Noto

Noto is one of the most famous film locations in Sicily. One scene in Antonioni’s famous movie, ‘L’avventura’, takes place on the terrace of the San Carlo’s bell-tower in Noto. Gabriele Ferzetti and Monica Vitti. It was a fantastic place to see things; literally and emotionally.

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Visiting Messina with kids

If you have a coffee at noon in the Piazza Duomo and not expect to hear roaring, you could be a little frightened and think that a lion has fled from the zoo. We felt like that for a moment. It sounded so real and impressive.

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Bali: The Shopping Nightmare

Merchants in Bali are the most abundant people in the world whose beatific smiles make you feel guilty if you don’t buy anything from them. Aura and Pia did not have to wrestle with such feelings. Clearly and very loudly they knew they wanted big, colorful hats because they felt they would die from the heat. In such a situation, we didn’t ask how much it cost. After all, everyone will agree that the life of a child is priceless. I see that other parents are also like that.

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Cefalù – a perfect family holiday destination

After the hyperactive week in Palermo, we arrived in Cefalu with an idea of doing nothing, just have some lazy time on the sandy beach. But Cefalu is like little kid; it is a town that doesn’t let you sit down. City beach is just a few minutes walk from the vibrant historical center, so Cefalu is an excellent destination for travelers with children: swimming, history, art, and culture in one package.

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Children eating sand

We spent last summer on the longest sandy beach, Island Rab, on the Croatian coast. With the naked eye, one can notice that eight of the ten children there were eating sand. Some parents observed that calmly while others were in a panic, taking sand from their children’s hands and mouths. The quiet observers seemed to be the more experienced parents who had two or more children. Parents with one child were those in a panic.

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Taormina – The Queen of Sicily

Taormina is a great masterpiece of art and nature. Goethe and Guy de Maupassant said and we totally agree, that Taormina is a landscape that seems to exist on Earth to “seduce the eyes, mind, and imagination.” Taormina is a small, compact version of Sicily. Its architecture is a unique mixture of all cultures: Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, and Norman. Oh, Taormina. I must live there when I get old. I pointed to a charming house with a balcony full of flowers and told the kids that I wanted it as a gift for my 60th birthday. “Ok, Mum. Only if you buy us gelato first.” “Good deal”.

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The Muses were the Greek goddesses of inspiration in literature, science and the arts. They exist even nowadays and people call them Moms. You can meet the modern kind of muses in the story Mom the Muse.