Visiting Turkish Alanyaby Joanna, 16/01/2017
You can find Alanya on the southern coast of Turkey, in the centre of the Turkish Riviera. Holiday-makers from colder parts of Europe come here to soak in the sun, dip in the warm Mediterranean Sea and party hard at night. But this charming resort city has a lot more to offer.

Look beyond the wide sandy beaches and seaside promenades and you’ll discover a city of rich ancient history, unique architecture, traditional bazaar markets, natural attractions, and cultural festivals, all on a backdrop of majestic Taurus Mountains.

Your first stop could be the Alanya Castle up on the peninsula. Within the medieval defence walls of this 13th-century fortress you’ll find the Saint George Church, a fine example of Byzantine architecture and the octagonal Red Tower, the symbol of the city and home to the Ethnographic Museum. Worth seeing is the Tersane, the shipdock, used to protect the city and build ships in the medieval times. Its military building will offer some needed shade and cold breeze if you visit during hot summer weeks.

After sightseeing, you might like to visit the local markets. Every Friday in the city centre you’ll have a chance to shop at one of the largest fruit and veggie markets that you ever see. The vendors will juice the delicious pomegranates and citrus fruits; cook your lunch right there on the spot. Don’t forget to haggle for prices as there are no price tags and the tourist pay double if they don’t bargain.

For some water fun head to the Alanya waterpark or participate in a scuba-diving boat tour or raise your adrenaline with parasailing, banana-boating and jet-skiing. To wind down, some relaxation at a Turkish bath spa, called hamam, is highly recommended. If you want to take home something Turkish, go for leather goods, jewellery, boxes of baklava sweets and genuine rose essential oil.

Viking Ocean Cruises® have recently announced that its fourth ship, the 930-passenger, Viking Sun has floated out. The floating out of a ship is always considered a major construction milestone. The ceremony took place on 15th December at Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard. Viking Sun will debut in late 2017 and will be marketed to travelers in North America, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. The ship will begin her maiden season sailing voyages to Cuba and the Caribbean, before embarking on a 141-day World Cruise that spans 5 continents, 35 countries and 66 ports.

Holland America’s world-class celebrity chefs, often referred to as their Culinary Council, was named "Best Culinary Initiative" in Porthole Cruise Magazine's 2016 Editor-in-Chief Awards.

The annual awards are chosen by Bill Panoff, the magazine’s editor-in-chief and publisher, who honours his favorite travel experience that left a favourable impression on him.  The winners were announced in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue, which hits newsstands on January 10th – and online at porthole.com.
Thomson Holidays have released schdules of some excellent Eastern Mediterranean cruises.

These include Canarian Escape, Continental Coasts, Mediterranean Medley, Mediterranean Secrets and Mediterranean Explorer.

The Thomson Cruises include all of the favourites such as Palma, Barcelona, Toulon, Livorno, Ajaccio, Civitavecchia (for Rome), Naples (for Pompeii and Capri), Messina (for Mount Etna), Sicily, Valletta, Ibiza, Cartagena and Malaga.
Why You Should Visit Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital of Greece and home to over 3 million residents. Athens is said to be the birthplace of classical Greece and tourists flock here to see the remnants of that past. Ancient ruins, museums filled with artifacts and natural sights of folklore make up this sprawling city and are what makes it so popular with visitors. Despite its prominent ancient past, Athens also has a significant modern feel as guests will notice ample cafes, fine restaurants, and artistic boutiques. Here are just a few reasons why Athens should be your next holiday destination.

To Visit The Ancient Landmarks

The highlight of a visit to Athens is to see the abundance of ancient landmarks. Probably the most famous of them all, The Acropolis, is a World UNESCO Heritage Site dating back to the Bronze Age. Within The Acropolis you can see the Erectheion, Temple of Athena Nike and Parthenon. Other noteworthy sites to visit are the Ancient Agora, a green space with well preserved temples, the Kerameikos, an ancient Athens cemetery and The Temple of Olympian Zeus. Another popular place to visit is the Panathinaiko Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympic games in 1896. Head up to Lycabettus Hill for beautiful views of the Parthenon against the sea and to the Syntagma Square to see the parliament and the changing of the guards.

To Wander Through The Museums

History and art lovers will have their hands full with the offering of museums in Athens. Visit The National Art Gallery for 19th and 20th century Greek and European art as well as works done by popular contemporary artists. The City of Athens Technopolis makes for an interesting afternoon as it is a cultural center and industrial museum of architecture. Athens is crawling with small art museums and galleries so visitors can pick and choose which one best suits their tastes.

To See The Natural Beauty

Taking a break from the city is usually welcomed when there is beautiful scenery nearby. Visit the Parnitha National Park for a day of hiking or bicycling along well-marked trails, springs, gorges and caves. The National Garden of Athens is a popular option for natural scenery without actually leaving the city. With flowers, ancient ruins and ponds, it makes for a nice stroll between sightseeing.

To Take Part in The Nightlife

Athens has one of the wildest nightlife scene in all of Greece. There are multiple neighborhoods such as Psirri and Gazi where visitors can party until the sun comes up. In fact, most places don’t really get started until after midnight. There are bar crawls, drinking infused ghost tours and live music and DJs almost every night of the week. Check out Gazi, Athens most popular nightlife area, for rowdy parties and laid back drinks in old renovated factories. In the neighborhood of Plaka, travelers can also experience an authentic Greek night out without the flashy club scene.
Athens is one of Europe’s most historically significant cities and to visit there yourself will bring you back in time. Write it on the top of your “must see” travel list and start your planning for what will be your most educational and beautiful holiday yet.
Visiting and Exploring Cadizby Samatha Ellis, 16/01/2017
Cádiz might not be on the top ten list of the most favourite Spanish destination but if you visit once, it’ll steal your heart. The city of some 125 000 inhabitants has incredibly rich history and unique location. The position on the south-western coast of the Spanish Andalusia province gained the city its prominent place in history during medieval times as a strategic military, naval and trading centre.

As one of the Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, the skyline of old Cádiz has not changed much since the Middle Ages. The houses are three or four floors high and very close together which creates a labyrinth of narrow streets. Charming plazas with beautiful churches and historical buildings are connected with winding pathways that end by the sea. This is the city in which Christopher Columbus started his second and fourth voyage to America and the birthplace of the famous guitar player Paco de Lucia. Cádiz, built on a narrow stretch of land in the Atlantic Ocean, has played an important role in defending the mainland. Watchtowers were a typical architectonical feature here and you can climb the Torre Tavira, the most famous of them all, for the best view of the old city. Beautiful footprints of the previous centuries worth visiting are the ancient Roman Theater, the impressive and huge Cathedral of Cádiz on the waterfront, the Archeological Site Gadir (splendidly displayed remains of the Phoenician settlements) and the Santa Catalina Castle.

We cannot leave without a stroll on the popular Playa de la Caleta that sits between two military fortresses and offers great views of the nearby Cathedral. Beaches more suitable for swimming can be found a bit further out of the old city (try La Playa de la Victoria and La Playa de Santa Maria).

But Cádiz is not only about history and archeological sites. It is a home to two unique power line towers designed by an Italian engineer in the late 1950’s. Their T-shaped, hollow perforated pylons are very unusual and hold the electrical lines connected to the power station across the bay. The contemporary Pylons together with the newly built Constitution Bridge are in striking contrast to the church-tower-and-cupola-filled skyline.
The history of Casablanca started when the Berbers settled there in the 7th century BC. The city has gradually grown into the largest Moroccan center with around 3.3 million souls. It became the busiest financial hub of the whole continent and main Moroccan industrial and business zone with an important trading port.

Casablanca’s long history has seen many European settlers, mainly Portuguese, Spanish and French, who influenced its architecture (Moorish and French Art-deco style) and culture.

Morocco has other places that are more favored by tourists but if life brings you here, you won’t be disappointed. The most important landmark is the Hassan II Mosque. You’ll be impressed by the sheer scale of this place as it is the 3rd largest mosque in the world with the tallest minaret ever built (210 m). At night the laser beams point to Mecca and even if you don’t get a chance to go inside (only Muslims can), it is well-worth the visit. The architecture is beautiful on the outside and magnificent inside. Interesting is the position of the mosque on the Atlantic shore, partially over the water.

Casablanca Cathedral (L’Eglise du Sacre-Coeur) remains a witness of the Catholic part of past inhabitants. It is open to visitors but completely empty inside, sometimes used as an art gallery. Admire its size and splendid stained glass windows and do climb up for the view – a sea of white houses, as the city’s name suggests. Stroll around the Old Medina and the souks but more pleasant for buying souvenirs is the Quartier Habous which is cleaner, less busy and easier to explore. Haggle for prices, of course. Another great place for spending money, people-watching and chilling out in coffee shops is the biggest mall in the city - Morocco Mall – better to be avoided during weekends as it gets very packed. For the freshest and superb seafood and fish dishes go to the Marche Central market. Corniche will offer you lovely beach and promenade for scenic walks and many restaurants, cafés and shops, too. Ain Diab public beach is popular for local nightlife.
And guess which super-famous and excellent French actor was born here, to Spanish parents? Jean Reno!
Ceuta, Melilla and the Canary Islands are the three small pieces of European land you can find in Africa. They all belong to Spain. Spaniards were famous colonizers and explorers. They have settled in these areas in the middle ages and fought for power with locals or other nearby countries such as Portugal and France.

Ceuta, an autonomous city of approx. 7 sq miles, is an important seaport on the shore of Gibraltar Strait. Located only around 20 kilometers from mainland Europe, it is easily accessible by ferry from the closest Spanish continental city of Algeciras. The ferry trip takes about two and a half hours. If you want to fly, you can take a helicopter from Malaga and in 30 minutes you land on one of the three helipads in the port. The closest “regular” airport is in Tetouan, Morocco (Sania Ramel Airport).

The EU inhabitants don’t need entry visa, can pay with Euro and speak Spanish. Due to centuries of Christian rule and history the city is home to several beautiful Baroque churches worth visiting (Parroquia de Santa Maria de Africa, Basilica Tardorromana and Catedral de Santa Maria de la Asuncion). Before sunset aim to the Fortress to see the impressive lighting and size of this well preserved, amazing medieval fort with navigable moats. As a bonus - you can walk around it for free. For the panoramic view of the whole Ceutan bay climb to the Monte Hacho which is the highest point with a military castle occupied by the Spanish army.

While in downtown Ceuta, there are several lovely squares that will offer you great restaurants, coffee shops, excellent little sandwich places, photo opportunities and shops and boutiques. You cannot miss the House of Dragons at the corner of Calle Camoens and Calle Millan Astray. This eclectic architectural masterpiece will wow you with four huge flying dragons installed on the roof. Return here in the evening to enjoy a nice walk in the historical center and see the perfectly illuminated Casa de los Dragones.

You can relax and have some water fun at the Parque Maritimo del Mediterraneo which also have great food and beverage on site. Playa Ribera is another pleasant spot to spend time sunbathing.


Why you should visit Gibraltarby Samatha Ellis, 16/01/2017
There are three main reasons why one should add Gibraltar to their bucket list.

One – the fantastic view from the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. From there you can see Africa and the Spanish city of Algeciras across the bay as well as meet some cheeky macaque monkeys that are the only freely living monkeys in Europe.

Two – an exciting experience of landing at the extraordinary airport that is on the list of top 10 most extreme airports in the world. The airport is not dangerous but unique for its setting (steep rock and high-rise buildings close to the airport) and the fact that a four lane highway runs through the runway. When an airplane approaches, they stop the traffic (around 10 min prior to landing), quickly sweep the part of the road that crosses the runway and wait until the plane lands. As soon as the aircraft is on the ground they lift the barriers and the traffic resumes. Due to the three-centuries-long dispute over the control of Gibraltar between Spain and Britain, until recently the aircrafts landing at GIB were not allowed to enter the Spanish air territory and the planes had to turn sharply during approach. The only real problem can be the strong crosswinds. If the conditions are not favourable the flight will be diverted to nearby Malaga and the passengers bused back to Gibraltar.

Three – you can walk across the runway. This is the only place on Earth where regular pedestrians and vehicles are allowed to do that. The airport sits in the centre of the city due to the lack of land, high density of population and unique location. The views you get from land or from the inside of an airplane are certainly interesting.

This strategic tip of land - a source of enormous irritation to the Spaniards who claim it and Britain who won’t give it up – has more interesting places of interest. You can visit the extensive network of tunnels in the base of the Rock which was built during WWII. Don’t forget to take pictures of the lighthouse from Europa Point, the southernmost point of Gibraltar. You can spend quality time at the Moorish Castle, the Botanical gardens, Saint Michael’s Cave or the Dolphin Safari.
The city of Malaga on the southern coast of Spain is the capital of the province with the same name. Malaga and the entire Costa del Sol are very popular with European holiday makers. For its pleasant and stable weather year-round many expats move here, especially the Brits and the Germans.

Besides the endless gorgeous beaches the visitors can enjoy themselves in countless activities. Malaga was founded in the 8th century BC and the aficionados of history, old architecture and art are over the moon when exploring the town. The hometown of Pablo Picasso is a center of art brimming with galleries, museums, exhibitions and places with admirable paintings and sculptures. Antonio Banderas also comes from this lovely city.

The leisurely visitors have plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, fun and relaxation. The picturesque squares, streets and busy promenades boast fine eateries, tapas places and rooftop bars. The two hilltop citadels - the mediaval Moorish palace of Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro castle - are both must-see places with breathtaking views of the sea, city and hills. If you buy tickets online for both citadels (€ 3.55 Euro) you will save money and skip the long waiting lines. Entrance tickets for Alcazaba and Gbralfaro (€ 2.20 each) are very cheap but if you visit after 2 pm on Sunday, it’s free. If it’s not too hot, combine the exercise with views and take the tourist bus or a taxi uphill to Alcazaba and walk down back to town. Gibralfaro sits on another hilltop and a city bus service (# 35) will bring you there.

If you admire Picasso’s work, the museum dedicated to his work and life can be found in Calle San Agustin 8. For the entrance cost of € 5.20 you can visit an amazing oasis of lush vegetation, spectacular waterfalls, paths and ponds in the Conception Botanical Garden which is located in the northern part of the city in Camino del Jardin Botanico Street. La Malagueta Bullring in the eastern part of the city has historical value and is used not only for bullfighting but also concerts, sport venues, fairs and expos. The remains of the Ancient Roman history are presented by the Teatro Romano under the walls of Alcazaba fortress just steps from the Picasso Museum and the church of San Augustin.



Marsaxlokk, the important ancient fishing village of the south-eastern corner of Malta, is home to around 3,5 thousand inhabitants. The fishermen from this small town supply the whole island with their daily catch of fresh fish. Their typical catch is tuna, swordfish and “lampuki” (mahi-mahi). Each day they bring the fish to Valetta markets, but Sundays they sell it directly from the port of Masaxlokk to locals and visitors who come early in the morning to choose from the freshest fish and produce.

Marsaxlokk has been a trading post since the medieval times and the local Sunday market is well-known and popular as it takes place across the whole town. One can buy anything from fish, fresh fruit and vegetable to clothes, handicrafts, food delicacies, shoes and souvenirs.

Besides fishing and tourism, petroleum discharge and loading is the main local industry in the nearby Malta Freeport. To the north, a new power station has been built. It supplies the whole island with electricity. Just behind it, the St. Peter’s Pool offers a nice natural pool great for cliff jumping and diving and the flat rocks are an excellent sunbathing and barbequing area. Just make sure you don’t leave any litter behind you (to cause injuries to the barefoot bathers and spoil the impression of the next visitors). The water is very clear, deep and not suitable for children.

For the best pictures of the village you will have to take a boat ride to the open sea and take photographs from there. You will capture the village skyline and the harbour with colourfully painted traditional “luzzus” (fishing boats) floating in the bay.

Besides Baroque architecture, Malta is a place with several ancient megalithic monuments dating back to 3150 BC. Tarxiem temple is one of them and can be found halfway between Marsaxlokk and the capital.
Visiting Mykonos on a Cruiseby Joanna, 16/01/2017
One of the islands of the Cyclades group in the South Aegean Sea, it covers a land of approx. 10 by 15 km and is home to over 12 000 people.

The rich history included the rule of the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and the Ottomans. Mykonos played an important role in the Greek revolution against the Ottomans.

Thanks to centuries of merchant and trading activity, the island economy grew and was attracted by pirates and immigrants from neighbouring islands. After the WWII many Europeans discovered the island as a holiday destination, especially the rich politicians, artists and businessmen.

Today, Mykonos is a very popular destination for visitors from all over the world and an attractive stop for cruise liners.

Among the main landmarks are the famous 16th century windmills built by the Venetians. They are lined above Mykonos Town and add to the picturesque landscape.
In Mykonos Town, very popular is the Rarity Gallery with unique art works and mind-blowing 3D paintings. For fantastic coffee and freshly baked goodies (especially the baklava and honey balls) don’t omit the Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery.
Worth seeing is the small fishing village of Mikri Venetia – Little Venice - with houses build almost on the water. Come here in the evening for a nice dinner, drinks and amazing sunset views. The Armenistis Lighthouse offers the best views and a nice hike, if you come here on foot.

Museum lovers can visit the three great local venues - the Archeological Museum of Mykonos, the Aegean Maritime Museum and the Folklore Museum.

The sun shines for 300 days a year so the best place to enjoy it is on the beach - Kalo Livadi, Paradise and Super Paradise are the best ones boasting music bars, restaurants and shops. Mykonos is a LGBT-friendly destination and attracts younger generations for its famous and lively nightlife. The local dance clubs host famous DJs and one can party until daybreak.
The Republic of Panama is probably the most famous and best known for its importance in naval transportation - the construction of the Panama Canal which is the best shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The toll fees from the canal significantly contribute to the country’s economy and the ship manufacturers all around the world build the vessels so they that could pass through its locks. No one can visit Panama and not see this masterpiece of human engineering.

Panama City is the vibrant capital where the historic colonial buildings of Casco Viejo (a UNESCO World Heritage site) blend in striking contrast to modern skyscrapers, casinos, business buildings, traffic and everyday chaos of a huge metropolis. Miraflores Locks and Museum are the place to learn about and watch ships passing through the canal. While in Panama, one should find a way to drive across the Bridge of Americas in nearby Balboa or the Centennial Bridge as they are the links between the two continents.

Panama attracts visitors not only for its man-made structures but amazing nature, national parks and wildlife reserves as well. Panama is a small country and you don’t have to go far to get away from the civilisation. On the Coiba Island you can jump right into the silence of deep waters and speechless fish as the place is on the world’s top ten list for scuba diving, one of two best surfing spots in the Central America and a prime place for bird watching. In the past a home of serious criminals, the island has over 80% of its original, undisturbed rainforest.

Bocas Del Toros on the Caribbean coast is the famous surf-and-party town with great possibilities for other sports, pristine beaches, lush rainforest, crystal clear water and laid back culture. Boquete near the Costa Rican border offers great hiking in the mountains, popular Festival of Flowers, Geisha coffee (one of the finest and most expensive of the world) and great retirement living. Other amazing wildlife and nature areas are Darien National Park, Los Quetzales and Volcan Baru.

Before you leave, have a taste of the most favourite local drink – Seco Herrerano and don’t forget the local world-class coffee – Kotowa, Cafe Ruiz or Duran.


For holiday makers who want to enjoy beaches in Portugal and the Algarve coast Portugal is the place of choice. In the past Portimao was a shipbuilding and fishing village. Portimao gradually developed into a popular seaside holiday resort town, right after Faro.

The area around Portimao, and along the Arade river, is fertile and cultivated with figs, carob and almonds. Besides agriculture it is also a water sports hub. Sailing, kite-surfing, surfing, powerboating, sailing, motorsport, windsurfing, water gymnastics and scuba-diving are all to be enjoyed in Portimao.

For those who love Portimao, history and architecture the medieval Castle of Santa Catarina is the place to explore. It sits on the shore as the witness of the past. It was built near Praia de Rocha to protect the port from pirates and also served as a military base. The staircase will take you from the fort down to the Praia de Rocha beach. This lovely sandy beach surrounded by ochre cliffs is perfect for pictures with deep blue ocean in the background. Annual soccer tournaments take place here as well.

Portimao is a great seaside summer holiday town that offers everything a visitor needs. You can choose from shopping for famous brands to souvenirs and bargains at markets, dining in casual bars or fine restaurants, promenades and walks downtown to golfing, dolphin watching, fishing and parachuting.

If you are bored and have enough of sand and sun, there are numerous possibilities for day trips around the city. Lagos Zoo and Zoomarine are nearby attractions for all ages as well as the Slide and Splash Waterpark.

Portimao has several festivals and interesting events to entertain visitors. There are fesitvals for Sand Sculpture, Birdwatching, Sardines and Fisherman. The top event is also the Portugal Masters golfing competition. If you love hunting for rare treasures, save your Saturday and Sunday mornings for flea market explorations.
Valletta (a UNESCO World Heritage site) is the capital of the Republic of Malta, the tiny island state in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea just a few steps south from the Sicily. The beginnings of the city go back to the 16th century when it was founded and ruled by the Roman Catholic order of the Knights of St. John. After the Maltese Knights, Malta was governed by the French and the British until it gained independence in 1964.

The old core of Valletta has a grid street plan which is quite unusual for a medieval European city (which tend to have narrow winding streets). Its architecture is mainly of the Baroque style and is home to over 300 historical landmarks which make this smallest European capital also one of the most concentrated historic areas of the world.

Valletta has two natural harbours with loading port and cruise ship terminal. When visiting Valletta, there are several interesting landmarks every visitor must see. One of them is the richly decorated Baroque St. John Co-Cathedral with Caravaggio’s painting “The Beheading of Saint John”. Upper Barrakka Gardens are lovely, shady retreat from the blazing sun and bustling city with best views of the city bellow. The Grand Master’s Palace hides a collection or armour suits, weapons and a splendid interior that served as a residence of the Grand Masters of the Maltese Knights. The National Museum of Archeology houses precious witness of the past. Some exhibits date back to 5200 BC. The impressive Fort St. Elmo, built some 400 years ago to guard the entrance to both the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett, is now home to the National War Museum. After sightseeing, one should try out local restaurants and traditional Maltese meals that are rustic and seasonal. Fenek - stewed rabbit - is a national dish with lampuki (mahi-mahi) fish pie, kapunata and bragioli being the other favourites.

Malta is gaining popularity as a retirement haven for Europeans and Americans. The main reasons are pleasant climate, relaxed, resort-like culture, lower cost of living, high-level of services and quality health care.
A Trip To Venice, Italy

A last minute decision led me to Venice while touring through Europe. I don't know what changed my mind but instead of traveling to Naples, I rerouted to a city I didn't really know too much about. Luckily for me, Venice turned out to be one of the most gorgeous and uniquely interesting places that I ended up in over my entire two months of European travel. From its watery views to maze-like alleyways, Venice was a true discovery that I encourage everyone to make!

San Marco Square
I made sure to visit this famous Venice sight and catch a glimpse of the palace. The square itself was a great place to people watch and sip a cappuccino. I joined the Secret Itinerary tour and went on a guided exploration of the palace itself.

Rialto Market and Bridge

During one of my walking adventures I stumbled upon this 800 year old bridge and took in the views of one of the grand canals. It was a fantastic place for getting my head out of the alleyways and seeing the broader spectrum of what was around me. I then made my way to the popular nearby market to shop for souvenirs and snacks.

Eating Gelato

I knew Italian food was delicious and I knew I liked gelato, however, I was not prepared for how absolutely incredible the gelato in Venice would be. These ice cream stands dotted the city and their alluring heaps of colourful swirls never failed to catch my eye and my taste buds.
Wandering The Streets

I spent an entire afternoon just wandering the labyrinth that is Venice. Each turn was a thrill as I wasn't sure what I would embark on next. Outwardly unimpressive alleyways would lead to areas filled with boutique shops, cafes and interesting markets while others were home to mossy brick houses and tiny canals. During my visit, the city was holding an art exhibition which included the scattering of installations all throughout the city. Unusual at first, it became normal to find sculptures of giant rats and alien spaceships hidden amongst the streets.

Gondola Ride

Despite the steep price, there was no way that I could miss the opportunity to take this traditional ride through the canals. I couldn't imagine a better way to see this city. I was taken through seemingly secret narrow canals , and watched the locals hanging laundry out of their windows. We went under bridges and past waterfront cafes where couples were drinking wine and eating pasta. The entire trip was like a scene out of a movie that I will never forget.

This city is very safe and just like anywhere else, tourists should take care of their belongings as sometimes pickpockets will roam around the crowded areas. Venice is not like all of the other tourist destinations on the European travel trail. Visiting this city was one of the highlights of my trip and a place I would love to explore again!