Europe has dependably been a famous travel goal. Regardless of whether you’re a prepared voyager or arranging your first outing, there are a few critical things to remember before calling your travel specialist and booking your next get-away:
1. Time of year: While “Paris in the Springtime” sounds extremely sentimental, in all actuality you’re subject to spend numerous days inside, on the grounds that the climate can be frosty and blustery. Then again, the French Riviera in the springtime gloats warm temperatures, daylight and wonderful spots to visit. In case you don’t know of climate examples, check with your travel operator who can prompt you on stormy seasons or other climate related issues for flying out to a particular spot.
2. Your Budget: Decide the amount you must spend, and bear in mind to incorporate additional items like vacation spots, getting around, keepsakes and suppers (which are normally more costly in Europe than in the states – supper can cost upwards of 50 Euros for every individual, particularly in metropolitan urban areas). On the off chance that your financial plan is littler, consider going by Eastern Europe, searching for bundled visits, or, in case you’re adaptable, book a “very late” trek, which can frequently spare you at least 30%. Look at the present swapping scale between your cash and that of the nation you’ll be going by, to have a superior thought of what your get-away is going to really cost you. At whatever point conceivable, go amid an off-pinnacle season to spare considerably more.
3. Your mystery dreams or “sometime in the future” wishes: For a large portion of us, taking a get-away is something we get the opportunity to do just once per year, and regularly plan and spare the entire year for. So on the off chance that you have for the longest time been itching to visit some place or accomplish something uncommon – why hold up? Incorporate it in your next excursion arranges.
Switzerland still has its own currency, the Swiss Franc, which is more valuable than the Euro, US Dollar or the British Pound. Switzerland’s main industries are both banking and tourism. Because of its banks, Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world.
Entry Requirements for Switzerland
For entry into Switzerland, depending on your country of origin, you may or may not need a visa to enter Switzerland. Citizens of EU member countries as well as the United States and Canada do not need a visa to enter Switzerland.
The only requirement the above mention citizens need is to have a valid passport that is valid up to three months after the end of your intended stay in the country. If you are from the United States, Canada or any of the EU member nations, you can stay in Switzerland for up to three months without a visa.
If you are a citizen of another country, but are a legal resident of the United States and hold a US Green Card, you are also not required to have a visa to enter Switzerland. You will need to follow the same requirements as those of a US citizen.
If your country of origin is not the United States, Canada, or the EU member states, check with your local Swiss consulate or embassy to find out about visa requirements for your country.
Thassos lies around 12 kilometres from the northern mainland of Greece and is a popular
vacation destination for the residents from mainland Greece. It is however, not so popular that it
becomes overrun during the high season like some of the more famous Greek Islands like Corfu
The feeling of serenity and solitude is never far away and it is definitely a
place for those who want to relax and get away from the stress of everyday life.
The scenery of the Island may not be dramatic but it is a very beautiful island, though the
old nickname of ‘the Emerald isle’ is sadly now not exactly true as common forest fires have
taken away a lot of the greenery. But don’t let this put you off this wonderful destination,
as it has more than enough to keep visitors coming back with gorgeous sandy beaches and
fascinating Hellenistic ruins.
The capital of the Island is Thassos Town which is on the northeast coast and is the main
port for the Island. It was built on top of the ruins of the ancient City of Thassos, which
at the height of its glory commanded lucrative trade links with as far away empires as that
of Egypt and Persia. The ruins of this ancient City is scattered around the modern
settlement and it is easy to spend a few hours strolling around gazing at these glimpses
into a glorious past. If you would like to see more into the islands past history the
Archaeological Museum has many exhibits and is well worth a few hours even if it is just to
get away from the sun!
Rome in Italy is both known to have two sides of the coin as its facade because the city has both American and European cultures. Rome is considered to be one of the best and famous historical cities known around the globe. Amongst its neighbors, it is also one of the most unique in all of Europe. Rome cannot be visited and toured all in one day because it has so much to offer for the holidaymaker.
Rome’s main attraction is the Coliseum, but one of the most overlooked parts of the trip is trying to survive each time you cross the road. Cars and small motorcycle will never stop for you; you will just have to know proper timing and technique while crossing the bricked streets of the city.
Coffee shops are one of the thriving businesses in Rome. This is due to their great brews that stay unique and fresh unlike those American, London, French and Seattle coffee chains that all taste the same. Always look for Roman coffee while in Rome.
Obvious travel itinerary for your Rome visit is the Coliseum, Pantheon, Vatican City and the national monument along with its ruins. Film is a thriving art in Rome, too. Many artists do filming here so expect a busy film crew anywhere in the streets. Also Opera houses and performances are very abundant everywhere, so be sure to purchase your tickets a day ahead to save yourself of the burdens of lining up for tickets.
When: We went early September (right after Labor Day) and crowds were diminished but not dead. In late September/October is when the season is pretty much over.
+ Ideal times to visit, for milder weather, prices + crowds: April-June and September-early October. High season = CROWDS and higher prices
Flew straight into Athens and got on a connecting flight to Mykonos → Ferry to Santorini → Flight back to Athens → Home
Airlines used: Air Canada & Brussels Air for international and Aegean Airlines for the domestic flights
Ferry company: Hellenic Seaways I recommend booking as soon as the websites allow
+Mykonos: Hotel Palladium
+Santorini: Homeric Poems
+ Athens: Athens New Hotel
+ Mykonos: Arte-Italiana
+ Santorini: Skaros Fish Restaurant
Sights/Things to do:
• Beaches: Paradise Beach is a party beach with Cavo Paradiso dance club. A quieter beach is Platis Gialos but you may catch more celebrities here!
• Little Venice: a must do! Grab a restaurant here during the day for the picturesque views
• The windmills (Kato Myli): Great for picture taking and a quick sight
• Delos island: take a day trip to Delos island (catch one of the ferries by the new port
Thirteen bridges cross the river with the most famous being the pedestrian Charles bridge, built over 600 years ago. What you notice when walking across the bridge is the 30 statues of religious figures spaced out about 30 feet apart. Evidentially they were placed there in the 17th century to lead the masses to mass at the cathedral on the hill. On one end of the bridge is the Old Town Bridge Tower leading you to “Old Town.” It looks just like the entrance to the castle at Disneyland. It makes one wonder where Disney actually got his original ideas. We walked across the bridge both at night and day and stopped to enjoy the jazz musicians playing their terrific music. Zoé-Pascale, with her dancing soul, swayed to the music enjoying herself for all the world to see. After giving them 3 tips, we decided to buy their CD of Jazz music from the 20s. Her joy in giving money to the street musicians extends over to the beggars on the street. We could not pass any beggar without her wanting to give them money.
The man in front of us knelt down with his head touching the ground as though in prayer. In his hand was his hat, hoping that money will fall into it as though it is Manna from heaven. After a few moments, we gave Zoé-Pascale, 20 Kronen and she skipped happily to the beggar dropping the 20 Kronen in his cap. He lifted his head and nodded as though to say “Thank you”. After a few more beggars and Kronen, we tried to explain to Zoe-Pascale that we have to choose how and who to help as there are many people in need. Is it the blind woman playing the recorder, the beggar with the cap, or the animals in the shelters. Oh, to be so innocent and want to help others without any questions. In retrospect however, she did want to know how the blind woman would know how much money she actually earned. Good question, we said, and promptly went into another explanation. This is the joy of traveling with a young child!!!