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New Zealand Drive: Mount Cook to Christchurch

This post presents a drive across New Zealand South Island, from Mount Cook to Christchurch. Highlights of the Mount Cook to Christchurch itinerary are the two glacier lakes Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, the snow-capped mountain chains and the turquoise Rakaia Gorge. This is the last (number 9) ...

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Blue Pools clear water

New Zealand Drive: West Coast to Queenstown

Our New Zealand campervan trip continues from the South Island West Coast to Queenstown. We are touring the beautiful Southern Alps and the Southern Lakes. From West Coast we first follow the Haast River gorge to Mount Aspiring National Park where we walk to the crystal clear Blue Pools. ...

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Franz Joseph Glacier walkers

New Zealand: Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers on the West Coast of  South Island are the two biggest of the 140 New Zealand glaciers – and the ones that are most easily accessible. Normally you can only get to glaciers on guided tours and scenic helicopter rides, but Franz ...

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Ponte Vecchio from Uffici, Florence

The Best of Florence in One Day

The Italian city of Florence is a world class sight, but since its historic center is packed into a small area you can discover the best of Florence in one day. To help you explore Florence sights I put them on a map and made a walking ...

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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

This post shows you the pretty island of Madeira. We make a Santana day trip from Funchal. To see the famous triangular houses we rented a car and took the steepest road up to Monte and on to Pico do Arieiro on the top of Madeira. ...

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