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Curral das Freiras Madeira

Day Trip from Funchal: Curral das Freiras

Curral das Freiras, the Valley of the Nuns, is a hidden valley in the mountains just north of Funchal, Madeira. The nuns found the place in 1566 and lived there in isolation. The only connection to the outer world was a winding footpath along the steep ...

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Torre de Belem

Historic Sights: Lisbon Day Trip to Belem

This post takes you on a day trip to Belem, Portugal. We took tram 15 from Lisbon and spent a day exploring Portugal’s national monuments and learning about Portugal’s great history.  In Belem you can step 500 years back in time, to Portugal’s Golden Age when Vasco ...

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Tram 28 Lisbon

Portugal: Touring Lisbon on Tram 28

We were touring Lisbon on tram 28 that brings you up and down Lisbon hills and to the historic parts of the city. Most Lisbon sights are along the tram 28 route or just a short walk away which makes tram an ideal way to explore Lisbon, ...

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Santana triangular house

Santana Day Trip from Funchal

We wanted to see triangular Madeiran houses so we rented a car and made a Santana day trip from Funchal.  We took the steepest road up to Monte and to the top of Madeira, Pico do Arieiro. On the northern side of the island we stopped at Ribeiro ...

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Funchal mountain view

Madeira: Exploring Funchal Sights

This post presents the Portuquese city of Funchal, the capital of Madeira. We spent a January day exploring Funchal, walking around with our cameras. Funchal has a beautiful setting, surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. And the old historic centre is like from a fairytale: black and ...

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Matka Nordic Travel Fair Golden Gate Bridge

Trip Ideas for 2017: MATKA Nordic Travel Fair

The beginning of the year is the time to start planning your vacations and trips this year. Where would you like to go? Need trip ideas for 2017?   Should it be sun and beach, or just a short city break, with city life, art and culture? Probably both of them and something more if you listen ...

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Campervan, Melbourne to Sydney coastal route

Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive

We had to travel from Melbourne to Sydney and instead of taking an one hour flight we chose the hard way. After some thinking we rented a campervan and spent about a week on the Melbourne to Sydney coastal drive. We followed the Pacific coast all the ...

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Tasman Glacier Walker

New Zealand: Short Walks in Mount Cook National Park

Aoraki Mount Cook is on the absolute top of New Zealand’s South Island. We took some short walks in Mount Cook National Park that has New Zealand’s largest glaciers and highest mountains. We had a great day out in this World Heritage site and saw snow-capped mountains, icebergs and glacier lakes, ...

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Queenstown beach view

Queenstown Autumn Walk Photos

In this post I will show you beautiful photos on a Queenstown autumn walk we made on our road trip in New Zealand. Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand is in a beautiful setting on the north shore of Lake Wakatipu and backed by the ...

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