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A Budget Trip to Venice

Venice is indeed the lovers’ town! A very romantic destination, which I believe is worth visiting even 100 times! The international flights to Venice are a very good occasion to visit this beautiful town and fall in love, if not already. The airline tickets to Venice are worth buying because the rates will make your trip a budget one. As soon as you arrive on the Treviso Airport or Marco Polo Airport, take the bus shuttle for about 30-40 minutes ride, and then arrive at the Mestre Railway Station. You can accommodate at better rates in Mestre, but if you want to complete the romantic picture, you can choose as well a Venetian hotel, but take into consideration the fact that you will need a boat ride from the hotel entrance and the rates might be higher than in the neighbourhood from Venice.

Right in front of the Railway Station you can see the bus station which takes you directly to Piazzale Roma – the place where all the buses in Venice gather and also where the Line 1 Vaporreto departures. If you are in Venice for 48 hours or more, it is good to buy 48 hours passes – in exchange for 30 EUR/ person, with which you have unlimited trips by bus or vaporreto on the island or to the islands around – Burano, Murano, Lido.
Shopping is another local custom – if you want to get souvenirs in exchange for very good rates, go to Rialto Bridge – there are many small shops, where you can even negotiate your price. If you are hungry, don’t worry, although restaurants charge a higher amount for their services and food, you can try a pub for a drink or a street corner bar, where you can take something away or serve it there (the rates might be higher). A slice of Margherita pizza is about 1,5 EUR – 2 EUR, depending on where you buy it from, to 2,50 EUR – 3,00 EUR for a slice of Diavola Pizza. They have a unique taste and smell.

Gelato or the Italian ice-cream is also a must. It is very creamy, tasty and delicious! Absolutely one of the best ice-creams I’ve ever tried! One is about EUR 1,50.
If you want a healthy lunch or evening, and you are on a tight budget, Venice helps you with the Billa or Coop supermarkets. They are open until about 8 P.M. and you cand find there very good salads, fruits and other snacks for your trip. You will save a lot of money this way, for instance, you pay about 2,50 EUR – 3 EUR for a salad – in the supermarket and about 8 EUR in a restaurant.
Don’t forget to “get lost” on the small streets of Venice, along the canals, it is an extraordinary way to explore the beauties of this “water town”.

Venice Budget Trip
Venice Budget Trip

France National Day Parade

Bastille Day or France National Day is a very important celebration for the French people and not only, marked by impressive parades, fireworks shows, communal meals and music. If you want to participate in this great live celebration, book a flight to Paris. Take the transfer bus – if you land on Beauvais Airport, near Paris, the bus ticket will cost about 15 EUR/person, and the journey takes about one hour. After you arrive in Paris, go to Champs-Elysées. The great boulevard will be the host for the military and civilian parades, dances, music, meals, fireworks.
The meaning of Bastille Day goes back in history 1789, which marked the end of the monarchy. Everyone can be part of the public, cheap flights to Paris can be easily bought online, so you don’t have but to enjoy the beautiful feast and feel the emotion in the air. Thousands of people entertain themselves on the 14th of July, because French National Day is a special occasion for showing the love for this country. If you plan your trip for shopping also, you have to pay attention to the shops schedule, because they are also closed on the 13th of July, not only on the 14th.
The parade will take place along the boulevard, starting from l’Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde, where the President stands. The the storming of the Bastille at the start of the French Revolution is preceded by dancing events, balls, taking place on the evening before July, 14th. It is very important to arrive early in the morning if you want to have the best view. It will get very crowded, metro stations in the surroundings will also be full of people joining the parade.
But, after the national parade, Bastille Day is not over – if you want to watch the extraordinary fireworks show, Champ-de-Mars and Trocadéro are the best place to enjoy them. You can end this great day in a pub or bar, which are also decorated according to the celebration.

July,14th - France National Day Parade
July,14th - France National Day Parade

France National Day Festivity
France National Day Festivity

France National Day Parade
France National Day Parade

Top Ten In-Car Games for Kids

A one-hour car journey can feel like a lifetime to a child, so it’s no surprise that 73% of British parents say they enjoy traditional car games, according to research by To help parents with ideas on how to avoid the “are we nearly there yet?” chants, has today launched a new guide to the best games to keep the kids occupied on any type of car journey.
The ‘Top Ten In-Car Game Guide’, offers some quick and convenient ways to ensure young passengers are entertained, without plugging in DVD or electronic entertainment.

The guide covers a range of games, from old favourites like i-spy, which 59% of parent drivers say tops their list, ‘spot and win’ activities and others on the more quirky side, including:

- Duck – a bit of silly fun involving bridges

- Pub Cricket – perfect for aiding maths skills

- The Number Plate Game – concentrating this hard will keep the kids occupied for hours

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