Perfect recreation for the whole family

A walk to the zoo, a trip to the beach, a relaxing spa treatment, or a board game to play together? The list of ideas can be endless when planning a family activity. But here’s a real treat:

The escape room

If you’re looking for a fun and unusual activity, check out one of the best offline solutions for team games. A wide variety of escape rooms offer a great way of relaxing for almost all ages. Since players can form teams, different age groups can be paired together. So all members of the family can join in the adventure. You can think of it as a nice Sunday afternoon board game, only in an exciting location that makes the game special for everyone. Escape rooms are cooperative adventures for your family!

Team play or individual play?

Classic board games are in the vast majority of cases played for an individual goal that if one player is the first to achieve, they win. So it’s about the participants competing with each other during the entire game. Unfortunately, during the game, it can sometimes even happen that players disagree and even argue with each other.

Escape room tasks are based on close team cooperation. The best skills of each member are needed. They start together and if they fail to solve the puzzles cooperatively, they get stuck together in the process. They can only move forward if they can work together to find solutions. Then they will have shared success, which they will achieve together.

How family-friendly is an escape room?

Most people who have never been to one, and have only heard about it through hearsay and internet videos, are familiar with the classic scary escape rooms. A few years ago, they might have been. But nowadays, a myriad of themed and game-based places are being set up by expert owners. So there’s no need to think that escaping is all about unbridled horror scares. In most cases, this is not the case at all. Rather, a series of playful puzzles and riddles await young and old alike in a uniquely exciting location.

Age-Related Escape

There are also escape rooms where there are age limits for the type of game you can play. It usually depends on the difficulty or scariness of the tasks or the adult theme. Of course, these rooms are only open to those who have reached the age indicated.

However, most play areas are available for almost all ages. The games, even if easier, offer an exciting program for children aged over 10-12. Experience shows that children younger than this are less likely to be engaged. Of course, there are exceptions. It depends on the child’s temperament, skills, interests, and maturity. What can be said, however, is that often, when a group of adults is stuck on a task, the youngest children are the quickest to throw in the perfect solution. Therefore, it is useful to have a few children around if you want to play a successful game. That way, family success is guaranteed.

After all, escape rooms are truly family-friendly and offer a fun pastime for the whole family. If you’ve never tried them, it is worth scheduling one of these unusual board games. It’s guaranteed to be fun for everyone in the family.


Suffered an accident abroad?

How do you make a claim if you have a holiday accident?

Thousands of us travel abroad both for work and for recreational purposes each year. With so much coming and going, there are bound to be accidents once in a while. Common though they may be, you can still claim compensation for accidents which happen to you while you are abroad.

Having an accident when you are abroad means that your claim will need to be made in the country the accident happened in. This means that the claim for compensation to cover your medical bills must be made according to the laws of this holiday. This will impact the outcome of your case in terms of maximum compensation amounts.

Fortunately, the government recognised that accidents on holiday were a constant issue for those travelling abroad. As such, they set up the 1992 Package Travel, Holiday, and Tour Regulation Act to compensate for these issues. These rules set out clear guidance on how you can make a claim when you have an accident in another country.

Types of Accident on Holiday

There are different kinds of accidents that can happen when you are on holiday. Some of these include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • on flooring which you were not aware was unsafe
  • Injuries caused by falling objects
  • Problems caused when you are riding on public transport
  • Medical mistakes causing further injury to you
  • whilst
  • abroad
  • Diseases caught due to unsanitary conditions
  • Food poisoning from a restaurant or from your hotel
  • Accidents which happen during holiday sporting activities
  • Accidents which happen when you are in a taxi or rental car
  • Accidents caused by defective equipment

If any of these accidents happened to you while you are travelling, you are just as entitled to claim for compensation as you would be at home.

Rental Car Accidents on Holiday

Of particular relevance are accidents caused in cars rented when you are on holiday. This is because they have certain rules attached. Every rental car in the EU is subject to EU monitoring which keeps all data regarding your vehicles in one spreadsheet. If there is, or was, a fault in the car which caused your accident, you can find the car and a note of its’ parts in this database and prove harm.

Travelling outside the EU

There are still things you can do to protect your claim for compensation when accidents happen to you on holiday outside of the EU. Even though you do not have the EU regulations to help you, we can still further your case. Take photographs of the scene of the accident, get the name and number of any witnesses, and make sure you attend the hospital to create an accurate record of events. All this will help further your case when you get home.

Seeking Claim Help for Holiday Accidents

You should not try to make a claim for a holiday accident by yourself. Our legal assistance can help you with accident claims that both happened within and without your package holiday. Accidents on holiday might happen due to staff negligence in a hotel, due to trips and falls poolside, or by hygiene services which are not performed. If the hotel is not clean or the pavement is not free from debris, you can easily hurt yourself and have grounds to make a claim. We can help you pursue justice for your injuries and help you get the compensation you deserve for an accident abroad.

Were you involved in an accident abroad? Our experts at SilverOak Solicitors – Personal Injury, Housing Disrepair and Immigration Services can act on your behalf regardless of where you are located. We are a nationwide law firm that offers a personal approach.

Bronze treasure of Southeast Asia – Bagan

Bagan, formerly known as Pagan is an ancient city in the state of Myanmar (until 1989 called Burma). It is located near the Irrawaddy River, the largest stream in Myanmar, and about 180 km southwest of Mandalay. Bagan has experienced many names, such as “Arid Place” or “Bronze Land”, which refers to the local extreme arid climate zone: Tadesse.

At the height of its glory, up to 10,000 temples

According to the Burmese chronicles, the city was founded in the 2nd century AD.
During its heyday, between the 9th and 13th centuries, Bagan was the capital of the Pagan Empire, which later united the areas belonging to modern Myanmar (Burma) and thus formed the first outlines of today’s state.

At that time, there were over 10,000 temples and about 2,200 have survived to the present day.
However, between the 14th and 18th centuries, people completely left this place. It was said that Bagan was ruled by evil spirits (Nata) and people were afraid to enter.
Only after the British came to the area did the Burmese slowly begin to return.

How best to discover over 2000 temples in an area of 42 km2? After all on a bike!

Probably the most authentic way to enjoy the charm of this place is to simply rent a bike and drive through Bagan. However, don’t expect an e-bike here. Rather, you will be driving through a reddish sandy landscape on something that will probably best resemble the old wheels of our grandfathers.
But the experience is worth it.

You will see magnificent temples like Ananda Pahto, or you can watch the sunset from the upper terrace at Pyathada Paya and when you long for peace and solitude you can always find your little temple in this vast place, where you will have a chance to discover that special peace of mind this magical place has to offer. Bagan sought to be inscribed on the UNESCO list for a long time and finally succeeded in 2019.


North coast called Versilia. Suggestions, tips and attractions

If you plan to visit Tuscany, you should not miss Versilia. It is a relatively small area on the Tuscan coast, located in the northwest of Tuscany. The Versilia area includes the municipalities of Viareggio, Torre del Lago, Massarosa, Camaiore and the so-called “Versilia Storica”, consisting of four ancient municipalities: Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Seravezza, and Stazzema. This charming Italian region, enclosed by the sea and the Apuan Alps, hides many natural beauties.

Thanks to its strategic geographical position, the Versilia region is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is well-known for its spa facilities and has become a popular destination for the summer holidays. Young people can enjoy the lively nightlife, and families with children appreciate the numerous excursions, cycling routes and, of course, great swimming opportunities. Below in the text, we present you with the best tips on what you can do in this region.

Relax on the beach

Enjoy relaxing on the beach. You can rent a beach hut or sun loungers for the whole day and enjoy a nice lunch in the restaurants. If you like wild and free beaches, we recommend Lecciona beach in Viareggio.

Shopping in Forte dei Marmi

Forte dei Marmi is a pleasant luxury seaside resort known throughout Italy and abroad for its boutiques, good restaurants, and bars. Every Wednesday morning, the rounded Piazza Marconi hosts the Forte dei Marmi market, where you can buy quality clothes and house utensils at great rates.

Take a walk through the artistic city of Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta is a beautiful city at the Apuan Alps’ foot, famous all over the world for its items made of marble and bronze. It’s also called Small Italian Athens because artists like Botero and Mitoraj decided to work and live there. You can find foundries, marble and mosaic workshops, art galleries, nice bars, and restaurants along its streets.

Learn more about the ancient Romans at the archaeological site

The archaeological area called Massaciuccoli Romana is situated to the east of Lake Massaciuccoli. You can discover there the world of ancient Romans under the supervision of experts and passionate archaeologists. You can even stop nearby for bird watching or take a walk along the wooden paths across the lake in the natural oasis of Massaciuccoli.

Go to the opera

If you like classical music, you can enjoy the Puccini Festival held at the Torre del Lago Open-Air Theatre on the opposite shore of the lake. The festival in honour of the great composer Giacomo Puccini, who spent most of his life there, takes place every July and August.

Hiking along Alpine trails

Discover the Apuan Alps with the highest peaks of Tuscany. The local nature park forms part of the global network of UNESCO geoparks. You can enjoy hiking along panoramic trails that lead to the mountains’ tops with breath-taking vistas of the sea.

Explore the underground of the Apuan Alps

Corchia is the largest complex of karst caves in Italy. A two-kilometre path takes you deep into the heart of the mountain, where you can admire beautiful stalactites – and it’s only a few kilometres from the beach.

Taste the traditional cuisine

Versilia is also known for its traditional food. As it is a coastal region, we recommend tasting seafood. Of course, there are many other dishes to enjoy, such as Tordelli (a type of ravioli stuffed with a mixture of different meats and herbs) or Scarpaccio (savoury vegetable pie).

Viareggio and the famous carnival

Viareggio is well-known not only for its beaches but also for its carnival. Every February, festivities are held along the seafront promenade, masks and confetti attract thousands of adults and children.

White marble quarries

If you drive along the coast, you will reach the city of Carrara, world-famous for its marble production and processing. You can visit the picturesque old town centre and admire the unique scenery of white marble quarries.

Medieval castles

The northern part of Tuscany, along its border with Liguria, is called Lunigiana and is well-known for its nature and the number of castles you can visit.