Verona Tips and Travel Guide

Verona a quick guide 

Verona is one of the most beautiful cities in northern Italy. The city is only two hours away from Milan and one hour away from Venice, therefore Verona is the perfect place to be visited by those whose Italy travel plan passes through Milan-Venice route.

There are a lot of places to visit in Verona city center. For starters, let us remind that the fame of this city arrives from the incredible literary work of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet. In fact, one of the most visited touristic spot in Verona is the house of Juliet which is located in the historical city center. You need to pay a little fee if you want to visit the interior of the house which theoretically belonged to Juliet, however just visiting the small yard in front of Juliet’s house and stopping by the souvenir shops are some other options as well.

If you get out from Juliet’s house and turn to your left, you will arrive to Piazza Erbe in less than five minutes. This square is surrounded by nice cafes and shops. Here you can also find a lot souvenir stands where you can buy various gifts which are unique to Verona and Italy in general.

If you turn back towards the direction of Juliet’s house again and follow Via Mazzini all the way through, you can enjoy the most famous shopping street of Verona. On this street you can find a lot of luxurious brands in addition to Disney shop and others. Once you finish Via Mazzini, you will arrive at Piazza Bra. This is a big square surrounded by nice cafes and the gorgeous Arena. The Arena, which is smaller compared to its big brother in Rome, hosts numerous concerts, theatrical works and operas throughout the summer season. During the day, the Arena is open to the vists by the tourists.


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3 of the best tablets for kids and toddlers for Christmas

3 of the best tablets for kids and toddlers for Christmas


The Leap Pad 2 and Leap Pad Ultra


The Leap Pad Ultra [review] It's around 129 pounds exclusive to John Lewis in the UK however we saw Argos also advertising it for much less we think they may be confusing the models so check ! Of note the Ultra has the following feature set: Strong enough for a toddler. 11 apps out of the box with access to 500 more online to buy. Child friendly controls (our 2 year old has some grasp of an iphone but lets face it you want something a little easier) Headphones Up to 9 hours battery life. 7 inch screen with a good 1024x600 resolution Safe ring fenced internet and chat apps that are limited to set dialogues to choose from.

To consider : The leap pad 2 is like a mini version of this without the wifi, not as great at touch sensitivity but still a great tablet for your toddler. Maybe this represents better value.

Bad Points: It looks like a kids toy (toddlers want the adult looking stuff don’t they) I think its design is actually spot on and not too toy like. But just 2 colours to choose from. Misuse of transformer can cause shock!

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Mark Warner Levante Beach Resort Review

We stayed for a week at the 5 star rated Mark Warner exclusive resort in Rhodes Greece during the beginning of June in 2013. We have previously gone with Mark Warner for the childcare we received while skiing in Les Deux Alpes, and were eager to get some time for ourselves again – this being a big feature of their products. TheThe Levante resort on Mark Warner's site Levante resort on Mark Warner's site.


I am more into watersports than the mountain biking and tennis though I did briefly use the tennis courts when on the first day the water was too rough to be open to use even as swimming which is rare. Had we the option of staying longer I would have loved to do some Mountain Biking Tours of the local area.

The welcome was typical Mark Warner friendly and informative and the welcome meeting really puts you in the right place in your mind as if you are like me you may still be in work mode at least still wanting to unwind from the days travel with children in tow. We were introduced to the various section leaders and encouraged to contact even senior management in the event of any need. I can personally say that Sue (Resort Manager) is good to her word and she really does listen and take the time out of her long day to meet and help you.

Our Room

The room was actually a suite and almost fully lived up to the 5 star rating though only a couple of times have I had the pleasure before.




Its short comings were some trim came loose around the sliding door separating the two main spaces and the lack of English speaking channels that were missed if only slightly. A children’s channel in any language would have been great in fact. The other factor was energy saving door cards that turned everything off if I went for a run – Emily and Summer left with no power ac fridge etc. The fridge really needs full time power and in high summer you would like a constant air con in action for 5 star rating. But those things didn’t detract from our enjoyment. A safe that was big enough to hold my laptop would also have been great – or a drawer that we could have locked ourselves.

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