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Tbilisi Yerevan Train

March 19, 2015 — by Big Fish0


Georgia to Armenia by Train

After being in Georgia for more than a month, we decided to visit Armenia for two weeks.

We arrived in Yerevan by the famous Tbilisi Yerevan train . Here is the process cross borders between Georgia and Armenia.

Train Tickets

We bought the tickets 2 days in advance. The day we were in the Central Train Station, we had the opportunity to take the train the next day, but we had to pay first class. First class offers 2 sharing a cabin and second class 4 sharing a cabin. Since we were 4, we decided to wait two more days. The girl at the ticket office spoke English sufficiently to inform us with the necessary information we needed. You can pay with cash or by credit card . You will need to present your passports to verify the train tickets are yours with correct names and ages stated on each of the tickets. You can also book your tickets online, up to 15 days in advance. However, the website is not very friendly or easy to navigate. We were traveling in high season (July) and were told it would not be easy to get tickets within the same week we wanted to travel. Though the train was very full, if you are flexible by one day or two, you should have no problem getting a cabin on the train.

GeorgiaNational Parks

Lagodekhi National Park – Georgia

March 19, 2015 — by Big Fish4

Discover Lagodekhi Nature reserve

Lagodekhi Nature reserve, also called Lagodekhi National Park, is located in the famous district of Kaheti, Georgia.

This Nature reserve is located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus and bordered with Azerbaijan and Dagestan (Rusia). If you are carrying a cellphone from Azrbaijan, you can even receive signal while you are hiking here.

Lagodekhi Nature reserve was the first nature protected area in Georgia. This occured while Georgia was still under the Russian Empire.

In this Nature Reserve, you can find waterfalls, glacial lakes, and sulphur springs. As well as the best representation of caucaus mountains and green forest Georgia has to offer.

Off the beaten pathTrip VideosTurkey

Off the beaten path, Turkey – Nallihan Sanctuary

March 17, 2015 — by Big Fish1

Nallihan Sanctuary (Nallihan Kus Cenneti) is a bird-watch sanctuary located in Davutoglan village, 125km from Ankara. The colourful place is located between Nallihan and Beypazari, close to the border of the lake (see map).

On our way to Beypazari, we discover this place. We are not able to share with you anything about the birds in the area, as we stumbled on this place while off the beaten path. However, we are to share with you the rainbow colors the mountains had. They surprised us while we were driving through. We turned off onto a little dirt road on your left side (Beypazari direction) to get closer to the mountain where we took several pictures. Here we found some nice views and spots for great pictures. Within a 10 minute drive down the little dirt road we felt like we had driven into a totally different world.


If you are not integrated into the bird watching community, this place is unknown to the normal tourist in Turkey. Do not expect to find anybody in the area except some other surprised people driving through to Beypazari or locals.


Here are a few of our pictures and a short video of the area we’d like to share with you.


Nallihan Bird Sanctuary
Nallihan Sanctuary – Turkey



7 Places you should visit in Philippines with your kids

March 16, 2015 — by Big Fish1


1.- Big and Small Lagoon – Palawan

One of the most visited places in Palawan and the typical picture of Philippines Tourism . The lagoons are a brilliant green-blue colour like nothing you can imagine. In our opinion, between the two lagoons, the small lagoon is much more astonishing to the eye. The big lagoon offers a nice place to celebrate a destination wedding. It would be the perfect exotic wedding.

El Nido Palawan
Small Lagoon Palawan – No Filters Picture

FamilyTravel Tips

Planes, trains, automobiles and kids

March 11, 2015 — by Mama fish0


Here is our secret to start the best family vacation ever.


Deia took her first trans-atlantic flight when she was 6 weeks old. It was a complete success! Though we were a bit weary, Teo took his first long-haul business-class flight at 11 months old. Another complete success! Since, both of our children have taken numerous 8+ hour flights and to date we have never had a fuss-crying child – knock on wood. We are always asked how we do it and how are our kids so great. Here’s our secret:

Be Positive. Probably the most important factor of all when preparing to take a flight is your own confidence in the behaviour of your children. If you freak out or are nervous that your children are going to misbehave, chances are – they will. Our children feed off our own energy and nerves.


Arriving in Tbilisi (PII)

March 9, 2015 — by Big Fish0


How to get to and from Tbilisi airport to the Tbilisi city centre

In Part one (P1) we disccussed the different options on how to arrive to Tbilisi, Georgia. In this second part, we are going to describe the process of how to arrive to the city centre of Tbilisi.

When you arrive at Tbilisi Airport, you can choose different options to yourself and/or family to the city centre:

By Car:

You will head (north/west) down Aveniu George W. Bush until you arrive into Tbilisi. This trip will take you around around 30 min.


March 7, 2015 — by Big Fish1

Anyone who needs more than one suitcase is a tourist, not a traveler.

Ira Levin, Rosemary's Baby


Arriving in Tbilisi (P I)

March 7, 2015 — by Big Fish1


Start planning your family holiday in Tbilisi - Georgia

Welcome to the city where old georgian history meets a film-like scene.   The city is lined with beautiful streets, charming cafes and something beyond words which will truly capture your heart.   The Georgian tourist board got it right when the dubbed their city with this tagling: ” Tbsilisi Loves You”.

By Car:

By any of the roads which connect with Georgia (country) to Turkey/ Armenia/ and Azerbaijan. Keep in mind, Turkey does not have direct road connections with Armenia. And Armenia does not have road connections with Azerbaijan. Road conditions are good and expect to find vendors of fruit on the sides of the road for purchase.


Family Trip for Big Fish

March 5, 2015 — by Big Fish1


Learn with Big Fish how to travel and where...

While Mama Fish (Nikol) writes about travel experiences, feelings, and places that steal our hearts, I (Big Fish) will focus on the “practical” parts of our family trips and share these with you.

If you’re looking for a deep explanation about a specific location, Nikol will probably give you a better taste for the place in her articles and keep be found in our archived articles or under the tabs on our landing page of this blog. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you are always welcome to send us an email questions or concerns. Where we can help, with pleasure we will. However, if you are looking for a concise explanation with all the details you need to know for you upcoming travel plans (planes, trains, automobiles, hotels, etc), you will probably find these in my posts. As stated in our “Meet our shoal” I am the perfectionist. I am the one who remembers all the strange names of places we have been and how we got there. Nikol, well she flies by the seat of her pants and basks in the moment. She only holds memories of the essence of the place and the true experience we had there.

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