Oczami ŻŻelka i Eli

Switzerland doesn’t have to be expensive, or how to visit the country and not become insolvent

Switzerland is an expensive country, we won’t be lying about that. But in this text, we will advise you on how to spend there as little as possible and see as much as possible. We will share our experience concerning travelling with two little children, as to what, when and how to visit as well as what to pay the most attention to. And explain how to make sure that after returning to Poland you’re aware that, having calculated the number of wonderful experiences and magnificent views, the trip was really, really cost-effective. In every respect.

Szwajcaria nie musi być droga, czyli jak ją zwiedzać i nie zbankrutować

Szwajcaria jest droga, nie będziemy oszukiwać. Ale w tym tekście doradzimy, jak wydać tam, jak najmniej, widząc - jak najwięcej. Podzielimy się sprawdzonymi w podróży z dwójką małych dzieci radami, co, kiedy i jak zwiedzić oraz na co zwrócić największą uwagę. I jak sprawić, by po powrocie do Polski mieć świadomość, że w przeliczeniu na liczbę wspaniałych przeżyć i cudownych widoków, wyjazd był naprawdę bardzo opłacalny. Pod każdym względem.

Pierwsze kroki dzieci na nartach: jak, kiedy i gdzie blisko Warszwy

Jak spędzić weekend w mieście? Gdzie zabraćdzieci? I dlaczego na narty? Dwa tygodnie temu spontanicznie wpadliśmy napomysł, by przypiąć dzieciom narty. Trzy godziny później siedzieliśmy już wsamochodzie jadącym do… Stacji Narciarskiej Kazimierz Dolny. A po kolejnychtrzech godzinach, Żywek i Nela stawiali pierwsze kroki na nartach. Cztery latato idealny wiek, by zabawę na śniegu zamienić w naukę jazdy, ale sprytnytrzylatek, czy ogarnięta trzylatka też nie będą narzekać.

W światowy dzień gór, przeczytajcie jak z Kilimandżaro dotknęliśmy chmur

Kilimandżaro to wielkie wyzwanie, przygoda życia – to przyzna każdy. Nieprawdopodobny wysiłek – powie wielu. Znajdą się też tacy, którzy stwierdzą, że wejście na Kili jest jak ta wędrówka po szczycie, jak spacer w parku. Byliśmy na górze, zgadzamy się ze wszystkimi. Bo mój mąż wszedł swobodnie.

Światowy Dzień Misia – wolicie Uszatka, Puchatka, czy tego od Krzysia?

„– Jaki dziś dzień? – zapytał Puchatek.
– Dziś – odpowiedział Prosiaczek. Na to Puchatek:
– To mój ulubiony dzień.”

Do życia Misia Od Krzysia (Puchatek to naszulubiony bohater, dziękujemy panie Milne!) powyższy cytat pasuje idealnie, a mycałą rodziną robimy wszystko, by pasował i do nas. 25 listopada to jednak dzieńszczególny dla każdego małego niedźwiadka, zwłaszcza pluszowego. Bo to ŚwiatowyDzień Misia.

PERU part 2. Winging it? That’s not an option! Go to Peru with a plan and a specific goal in mind!

Usually, we plan our trip avoiding the classics, and opting for the touristic rock and roll or alternative music instead. We like to march to the beat of our own drum, far from the beaten and crowded tracks. This time, we made an exception.

Lima – Paracas – Arequipa – Titicaca – Cusco – Machu Picchu, i.e. the classic Gringo Trail. We saw it all, travelling on our own, spontaneously adding Isla del Sol in Bolivia, and dropping by Colca Canyon for a two day trek. The choice was perfect, we had a wonderful time. We were really lucky because without a good plan, we would've had to pay more for accommodation and we wouldn’t be able to take a four day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – the government lets only 500 people a day on the trail, including the carriers and guides, who are necessary to make the journey.

PERU part 1. How to go to Peru on your own, a travel plan for the many

One of the wonders of the world, the magical Machu Picchu – and not after hours spent in a crowded bus but after a three day hike on the Inca Trail. Two days of exploring the waters and islands of Lake Titicaca, also among the local people, for the equivalent of less than a hundred zloty. Turtles, penguins and pelicans within the reach of your hand during a boat trip in Paracas, and an hour later – the taste of pisco as you're surrounded by the sands of the dessert? Dinner in Arequipa with a view at Misti Volcano, and a day later – trekking in the Colca Canyon, a place of unrivalled beauty and the deepest canyon in the world? You can see and experience all this in Peru. And you'll be able to read about it and see it in our photos in the next few days.

Leave the kids at home, what happens on holiday... stays on holiday

The first shock came when we were packing for the trip: a regular weekday, we're both at home, our two kids in the kindergarten. We caught ourselves whispering as if it was encoded in our brains that when it’s quiet the children must be asleep... Then, the departure, our stomachs in knots – what’s going to happen when they come back home and see only their grandparents? On the way to the airport, we had a thousand thoughts running through our heads – how will they fall asleep without a parent when it never happened before? Won’t they be shocked when they’re waken up by grandma and not dad or mom? And if they start crying and we won’t be able to come back because we'll be thousands of kilometers away?

A trail for children? A test of character. The Tatras within the reach of many

Should you go to the Tatras with kids? What trail to choose not to exhaust yourself and your little companions? How to make the stay pleasurable for both the children and the parents? How to avoid crowds? These are all important and frequently asked questions – we asked them ourselves before our first trip to Zakopane. Now, after a few stays in the Tatras with kids, we often glance at the calendar and look for another chance to go south, even for a couple of days. And we're not among those who can wait in a line for five and a half hours to take a cable car to Kasprowy – although, there sure are people like that. Tatra trails are made for avid hikers but there's also no shortage of trails for people travelling with children.

Truths and myths about Venice, discover hidden corners of the very place

Laugh in the face of anyone who claims that Venice is overrated and that it is worth going there, but only for a while – so that you could say that you’ve been there and you’ve seen it – just to run away from the gigantic crowds of tourists. You definitely have to go off the beaten track, but you not necessarily have to leave it far behind. That part of Venice that is not in the direct vicinity of the Canal Grande mainstream is fascinating and absolutely unique.