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15 most common travel mistakes

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18/06/2018

TRAVEL MISTAKES TO AVOID FOR A GREAT VACATION
Don’t believe who tells you that nothing ever goes wrong during a trip.

Trips never go quite the way you plan them, and this is  half of the fun of traveling.

You always have to enjoy every single modification to the plan.

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9+1 items you always have to bring on vacation

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18/06/2018

A list of essential  items every traveler should pack
If there is one thing I can’t stand about traveling is packing. I have to tell you, before Jacopo’s birth I used to be the world’s worst packer!
But, whether you are good or bad at packing suitcases, whether this is your…


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Europe Hungary Tips&Tricks

Hollywood’s film on the shores of the Danube

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15/01/2018

Budapest has a certain magic to it that Europe’s other metropolises cannot offer.

The secret lies in Budapest’s diversity. In part this derives from the fact that the city unified from three very different towns in 1873.

For more information and tips about Budapest, please check out my post “Budapest: what to see in 2 days!

Hospitality, tourism and cultural objects harmonized with these stylistic advances. Therefore it is no wonder that Budapest frequently appears in films and television series, for medieval programmes are just as easy to produce as contemporary spy films

The first co-production was The Golden Head (1964), a family-oriented film in whitch the children of a British police offer holidaying in Hungary track down stolen treasure.

During the communist era, the Eastern Bloc provided western film-makers with exotic locations as well as cheap working conditions, while the influx of western currency made the arrangement desirable for the dictatorship.

It was for this reason that Bluebeard (1972) starring Richard Burton was filmed in Budapest.

In 1974 , Woody Allen’s Love and Death, used the Opera House and the streets of Buda’s Castle.

Another note of interest is two versions of The Phantom of the Opera that were produced in Budapest.

In 1996 The Hungarian State of Opera and the streets in the vicinity of Szabadsag Square were transformed into Buenos Aires for the musical Evita, starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas.

In Spy game (2001) , Robert Redford taught Brad Pitt about Cold War tactics at a table overlooking Astoria, while in Steven Spielberg’s Munich (2005) the streets of Budapest doubled for London Paris and Rome as the film’s Mossad agents led by Eric Bana and Daniel Craig pursued the 1972 Munich Olympics terrorists.

The modification of the Film Law in 2004 gave the local film industry a further boost with a 20% tax rebate.

The increasing competition for film productions in Central Europe since 1990s has seen Prague as the main competitor, but Bucharest, Belgrade and Sofia have also joined the competition in the past decade, which resulted in this rebate being raised to 25%in 2014.

Several new film studios have been built in the Budapest region in addition to state-owned Mafilm.

In recent decades, more than 200 productions have been shot in Hungary, in part on sets built in the studios, and in part in outdoor locations.

Budapest will return on the silver screen in 2016 as Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones and Omar Sy star in adaptation of the Dan Brown novel Inferno.

Budapest’s history of being a location for world-famous celebrities is not confined to feature film. In 1985, for one of the decade’s most famous music video clips, Money for Nothing, Dire straits filmed a few scenes with Elso Emelet while on tour in Budapest.

In 2010 Katy Perry lit fireworks at Astoria and the Royal Palace for her song Fireworks.


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Denmark Europe Food Tips&Tricks

Danish food and what to eat in Denmark

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21/12/2017

Danish cuisine has been blossoming almost explosively in the recent decade.

Danish food has grown increasingly associated with so-called New Nordic cuisine, a movement born with the 2003 opening of Noma in Copenhagen and characterized by its modern spin on ultra-local, seasonal ingredients.

Copenhagen claims 15 Michelin-starred  restaurants counting 18 stars,…


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Kids Tips&Tricks

Flying with a baby: a complete survival guide.

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02/12/2017

Flying with a baby is like traveling with a rock band: you have to be ready!

If you prepare ahead of time you and your child will be better suited for a successful travel experience.

(check out my post “travel with a baby” for a complete travel guide)

I suggest to wait (if you can) till the baby is 6 months old for longer flight. Infact, by 6 months babies sleep cycles are  more ingrained and they are more resilient. If they miss a nap they can still roll with it.

I even think that 0-4 weeks would be better than 2-4 months; since babies are still in the “new born” haze and can sleep pretty much anywhere.

 

Airplanes are very stimulating and at times uncomfortable places. Grin and bear and even try to find the humor in that situation, it will be over before you know it.

Below my personal to do list to face a flight with a baby:

  • Plan your seat ahead of time;
  • Book a seat that has a bassinet connection and a separate seat for your older child if needed;
  • Be prepared with snacks and fluids;
  • Bring lot of extra clothing and diapers;
  • Protect ears: during descent and takeoff we usually keep Jacopo sucking on his pacifier or a juice to relieve ear pressure. We give him decongestant only if he’s cold;
  • Bring your child’s favorite toys;
  • Bring favorite items that your kid associates to sleep;
  • Consider scheduling trips around your child’s sleep time;
  • Reserve a window seat: it gives you privacy for nursing or feeding and added bonus, a nice diversion for babies who like to look out;
  • Be gentle with youself and your baby: despite your best efforts sometimes babies just need to cry on a plane

 

I still remember Jacopo’s desperate crying during his first flight.

I was getting the evil eye from all those around me. It was hard, but it’s gonna happen. In the return flight Jacopo slept all the time and he was the hostesses’mascotte who kept repeating what an angelic baby I had.

 

And what about you?

Share any tips you learned along the way!!!