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Bodrum, Turkey – 6 Things to do in Bodrum City

Bodrum is a seaside city in Turkey's Bodrum Penninsula which stretches from the country's southwest coast to the Aegean Sea.  Bodrum City features two bays with views of Bodrum Castle. Bodrum City serves as a gateway to beach towns and resorts in the area.  The city has also become a popular port of call for some cruise ships who ply the Med and Aegean Seas. Bodrum means sun, sea, history, and shopping.  It's a perfect destination for everyone! We recently spent a day in Bodrum, it ...

Kusadasi With Kids – Top 4 Family Friendly Activities

Kusadasi is a Turkish beach town on the Aegean Coast.  It's a popular tourist destination and has become a port of call for the mega cruise ships on the Mediterranean route. There aren't that many things to do in the town itself unless you're an avid shopper, there's plenty of shopping at the local bazaar.  But there are many things to do in the area whether you're a history buff, a sun lover, or a thrill seeker there's something for you at Kusadasi.  This Turkish town has a some fun family ...

The 10 Best Things To Do In Istanbul

Why do I love, love, love Instanbul?  Let me count the ways!  I love the people, the culture, the art, the sites,the architecture, the shopping (oh the shopping!), and most of all the food! Istanbul though not the capital of Turkey, (the capital is Ankara), is a major Turkish city.  It straddles 2 continents, Asia and Europe through the Bosphorus Strait.  The city is the melting pot where East meets West. This city has a checkered past and played a strategic role in the area's history ...

A Day Trip to Siena – What Not To Miss

Florence is arguably the most famous city in Tuscany.  It's definitely one of the busiest tourist destinations in the area.  This reputation is well deserved, after all Florence is where the Italian Renaissance was born.  But less than 50 miles away is another famous tourist destination, Siena. Unlike Florence, Siena is not a Renaissance showcase. Siena is Italy BEFORE the Renaissance.  The town's soaring architecture, art, and narrow streets are parts of an open air museum dedicated to ...

Florence With Kids – 6 Family Friendly Activities

Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is arguably one of the greatest cities of Europe. Walking around this city is like walking thru an outdoor museum filled with iconic sculptures, paintings, and architecture.  Every where you look I'm sure you'll catch a glimpse of something beautiful. Florence is definitely an art lover's dream.  Works by the great Renaissance Masters are housed within the museums in the city; the most famous being Michelangelo's David in the  Galleria ...

Athens With Kids – 6 Family Friendly Activities

I'm fairly certain that when most folks think about Athens the first thing that comes to mind is the Acropolis, that world renowned hilltop city that is home to the iconic Parthenon.  And why not?  Almost all tours books about the city boasts a perfect shot of that famous temple dedicated to the goddess Athena on its cover. Athens is more than just the Acropolis. (Tn case you're wondering Acropolis literally means city on a hill, it is not the name of the ancient buildings built there. ...

Santorini With Kids – 6 Family Friendly Activities

Ah, Santorini!  This Greek island is part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea. The mere mention of Santorini inspires visions of white-washed homes in quaint villages, iconic blue domed churches, ocean views, and fabulous sunsets. Santorini has all the ingredients for a romantic get-away for two.  It's no wonder that it's a favorite wedding and honeymoon destination. But what if a family with young kids or teens?  Does Santorini have anything to offer you?  Of course it ...

Mykonos With Kids

Mykonos is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It's part of the Cyclades group of islands. Mykonos is  a popular cruise ship port and is famous for its glamorous party atmosphere  made popular  in the 1960's by Jackie Kennedy Onasis, Sophia Loren, and other famous icons of the time.  Today it attracts the trendy crowd of Hollywood elite including Madonna, Tom Hanks, P Diddy, and Sara Jessica Parker, as well as famous designers like Roberto Cavalli and Jean Paul Gaultier. Mykonos is trendy ...

Rome With Kids – 10 Things to Do for Little or No Cost

We love, love, love Rome!  We’ve paraphrased the old adage to say “all flights lead to Rome”.  We go often with the grand kids and without.  The kids love it so much they couldn’t wait for last summer’s trip to Europe, they made sure Rome was on the itinerary. The Eternal city can be very kid friendly, Italians love kids.  Here are 10 things to do in Rome for little or no cost.  Grab the front seat on the top deck on one of Rome’s Hop on – Hop off bus. You can buy 24, 48, ...

Bettoja Mediterraneo – Rome Hotel Review

If you're planning a trip to Rome, Italy then I'm sure you've checked out hotels there.  You're probably baffled  by the number of hotel and rentals available in the city, trying to located them on a map,  and  trying to fit hotel rooms in to your travel budget.  Rome is definitely not lacking in hotel rooms and the prices can be pretty high, even for a 2 star hotel in the city center. I know, I've spent hours comparing rooms, prices, and locations.  I remember finding this task daunting ...