Vacationing in Italy for the First Time

Do you have a flair for traditional festivals in other countries? Well, here is a detailed list of the top festivals in Italy. Most of them are free, but you have to get tickets for certain events. These Italian festivals are based on past events, and they also involve parades with people dressed in certain costumes, food, fireworks, flag throwers and contests between neighborhoods of the town.

Festa Della Madonna Bruna – Procession and Fireworks

Festa Della Madonna Bruna takes place on the 2nd of July in Matera. It is certainly one of the most exciting procession you’ll ever see in Italy. After the procession, there are spectacular displays of fireworks at night over Sassi di Matera. This is really a sight to behold.

Il Palio di Siena – Horse Tace in the Main Square

The Palio of Siena is one of the most famous Palio competitions in Italy. Palio di Siena is a horse race run in the unusual fan-shaped Piazza del Campo. The horse race holds in both July and August.

L’Ardia di San Costantino – Ancient Horse Race

This is one of the biggest and most popular festivals that occur in Sardinia. This festival takes place in July, this horse race honors Constantine’s conquest at the Mulvian Bridge in 312. This event is more than a race, and it has an exciting spiritual-twist. This is also an amazing eating festival.

Summer Music Festivals

If you go on a trip to Italy, going to music festivals and outdoor concerts in summer will definitely make your vacation more enjoyable. You’ll see many concerts in public areas and squares all around Italy.

Carnevale – Italy’s Carnival Festivals

Carnivals are celebrated in many towns in Italy. Viareggio, which is on the coast of Tuscany, is popular for their elegant floats, and the parades occur on so many weekends. Carnevale holds before the actual carnival date; Carnevale mostly occurs in February.

There are so many other festivals in Italy such as Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, La Quintana, and Disfida. You shouldn’t miss any of these festivals we’ve mentioned when you finally go on that vacation to Italy.

 

 

Travel & Destinations

Sightseeing in Germany

If you have not  had the pleasure of vacationing in Germany I would highly recommend you add this beautiful country to your bucket list.  

Here are 5 places you must see.

Neuschwanstein Castle

The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most stunning castles in Germany.   My family and I had the pleasure of taking a horse drawn carriage to the castle. It was snowing lightly and it made the castle look even more fairytale like.

It is definitely a must see with the idyllic view and the stunning interior. This 19th century hilltop fairytale castle, prized home of King Ludwig II,  is one of the most popular and most recognized of all the palaces and castles in Europe. An estimated 1.4 million people come to visit the castle every year.  Photos are not allowed.

Linderhof Palace

You must visit the LInderhof Palace, a 19th-century Bavarian treasure. You have to see it to believe all the richness inside and out.  The castle is small but does not disappoint. The detail in each room is rich with exquisite gold leaf decorating  like you would expect any castle to have. The fireplace and the mirrors are quite extraordinary to see. But you must walk through the immaculate gardens with statues and fountains.  It is magical to see. Note: Photos are not allowed inside but you can get breathtaking views outside.

Zugspitze

At 2964 meters (8892 feet) above sea level, the Zugspitze is the highest point in Germany and a very popular getaway destination.The Zugspitze is very accessible.  We traveled to the top by train where you will enjoy the view of four different countries. You can also take a cable car to the top. Just plan to go on a day when the weather is nice so you have a clear view. As attractions go, the Zugspitze ranks a solid zehn on a scale of ten.

Europa-Park

If you are looking for some family fun then you need to visit one of Europe’s best theme parks. Germany’s Europa-Park is a perfect vacation for children of all ages. It is located  in a lush area near Germany’s Black Forest.There are more than 100 attractions that are spread out over 13 different themed areas representing Europe. This park is sure to amaze you.  There are 11 rollercoasters, the variety of food is amazing and it is a budget friendly vacation. My kids loved the FoodLoop, where our food was delivered to us by rollercoaster. That was a highlight for them.  They also have shows if you are wanting to do something more leisurely. This park is definitely worth checking out. Just give yourself a few days to make sure you can take in the full experience.

Brandenburg Gate

If you are into architectural beauty then you need to visit  the Brandenburg Gate.You will be awe struck just looking up at this monument that was a dividing line from East to West Berlin. It can be busy with lots of tourist or school trips.  The best time to go is earlier in the morning to walk through and get some good photos. This is an iconic piece of German history and you will not want to miss seeing it.

 

Satisfy Your Taste for Adventure in Morocco

This North African country is characterized by a cocktail of religions and languages, ancient culture and modern sensibilities. This fascinating country is a land complete with majestic natural beauty. With affordable flights to Morocco being available online all through the year, thousands of tourists reach its coasts from around the globe to explore the yet unexplored phases of this country. It’s no surprise that the hospitality and tourism infrastructure of the country has witnessed unparalleled growth since the last decade or so.

Spectacular mountains

The many mountain ranges of Morocco create the setting for some great treks and rambles, varying from simple to hard. Ochre-colored cliffs line Todra Gorge while the Jebel Sahro is a contorted jumble of volcanic monoliths, gouged and chiseled to form mesas, plateaux, and stark canyons. Jebel Toubkal is home to the High Atlas – North Africa’s highest peak. And in the valleys, mud-brick kasbah villages nestle in clusters between rose, orchards of peach trees, and apricots.

Hot air ballooning

Morocco is a country of both striking landscapes and captivating cities, so if your sense of adventure includes the love of heights, then you are in for a treat. Picture yourself setting off on a hot air balloon from Marrakech and tranquility glide over Morocco while experiencing the breathtaking view. The hot air ballooning adventure will also include a visit into a village and have mint tea and home-baked bread whilst mingling with a local Berber family.

Sand Sea of Merzouga

The great shifting Sand Sea of Merzouga which is part of the Sahara Desert lies in the east of the country. This is the perfect place to camp out under the stars and try your hand on camel riding. Nearby, the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs is just waiting to be explored. Further south, it’s one of the many traditional villages that make a great base to experience original Berber culture.

Marrakech Piste Oasis

Bike lovers will love the experience of riding around Palm Grove where you can dash around, admiring the pleasant ‘green region’ of Marrakech which is home to some of the most beautiful luxury homes, hotels and golf courses in the world. You will also get to tour the famous Marrakech Piste oasis, bike some impressive dunes, and visit some Berber villages before stopping off to enjoy a tea break with some of the locals.

Casablanca

This is the hottest Moroccan destination that boasts of ultra luxurious and world-class hotels and resorts characterized by the most beautiful and exquisite architecture. Check out the most elegant Royal Mansour Meridien that is located right in the heart of the city that host several international events and conferences of great importance. Beautifully located on a hilltop and overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar and the Bay of Tangier, the El Minzah Hotel is renowned the world over for its beautiful views, luxurious rooms, and exotic architecture. Last but not least it’s the Melia Al Madina Salaam Hotel in Agadir that blends the old Arabian architecture with greenish landscaping.

Morocco is a country full of scents and colors, and it is waiting for you to explore it.