Italian Holidays: Bologna, San Marino, Rimini, Modena

By | 2021-08-22T18:40:12+00:00 August 22nd, 2021|

My husband starts a new job in July, so we had our last opportunity to have a family vacation for the next couple of months as he will be blocked by his probation period. We jumped on the relatively cheap flights with Ryanair to Bologna and spent a week in Emilia Romagna, Italy. I worked three days remotely and [...]

Exploring French Antilles

By | 2021-02-07T21:02:34+00:00 February 7th, 2021|

Introduction After our campervan trip through France with our 7-months-old daughter, we spent six weeks on French Antilles (Martinique and Guadeloupe). This counted as our big parental leave adventure (initially, we were dreaming of a road trip through the USA, but the situation with corona has changed our plans). If you want to know more about exotic overseas [...]

French Antilles: Guadeloupe beaches

By | 2021-02-07T20:59:01+00:00 February 7th, 2021|

Guadeloupe beaches We spent a bit more than two weeks on Guadeloupe and have visited 14 beaches. Obviously, our motto was “new day - new beach”! Beware: this post, last in the French Antilles series, contains a lot of blue and green colors! With its form Guadeloupe reminds me of a flying butterfly, so I will differentiate between [...]

French Antilles: Exploring Guadeloupe

By | 2021-02-05T16:53:47+00:00 February 5th, 2021|

The second (the third and the forth) island we visited on our French Antilles trip was Guadeloupe (Les Saintes and Marie-Galante, both belong to Guadeloupe). Les Saintes We planned 1,5 days (two nights) for the Les Saintes island group. There, we stayed on the Terre-du-Haut island. There, one full day I spent in bed, [...]

French Antilles: places to see in Martinique

By | 2021-01-29T14:03:27+00:00 January 29th, 2021|

Volcano Mount Pelee An active volcano Mount Pelee (what means "bald mountain" or "peeled mountain") is situated in the North of the island. The road to the volcano through the middle of the island is harsh: narrow and curvy. It gives you a real jungle feeling though. However, if you are prone to movement sickness, better take the [...]

French Antilles: Beaches in Martinique

By | 2021-01-29T11:30:33+00:00 January 8th, 2021|

Martinique The island of Martinique was colonized by France in 1635 and remained a French possession since then (excluding brief periods of foreign occupation). The name “Martinique” is probably an adjustment of the Indian name “Madiana” (“Island of flowers”) or “Madinina” (“Fertile island with rich vegetation”), and the island definitely lives up to its name! [...]

French Antilles local food

By | 2020-11-24T21:24:10+00:00 November 24th, 2020|

What should you try on French Antilles Local cuisine in Martinique and Guadeloupe is a rich mélange of West African, French, Indigenous, and South Asian flavours, foodstuffs, and cooking styles. As we were for long time on the islands, we have tried the following:  Starters Pâtés Créoles is puff pastry filled with spicy pulled pork, a [...]

Road trip through France: part 2

By | 2020-11-08T16:21:01+00:00 November 8th, 2020|

... the first part about our road trip through France you can read here: LINK. Le Mont-Saint-Michel Probably, this tidal island in Normandy is one of the most well-known landmarks in France. Earlier, this was a monastery, a wealthy and influential abbey with impressive fortifications. It turned to prison after the French Revolution. Now, after extensive restoration, after [...]

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