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Day Trip from Funchal: Curral das Freiras

Curral das Freiras Madeira

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 mountain face. Since then the nuns have left but the village remained remote until a road ...

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Historic Sights: Lisbon Day Trip to Belem

Torre de 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 da Gama sailed to India, Pedro Alfares to Brazil and Ferdinand Magelland around the globe. ...

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Portugal: Touring Lisbon on Tram 28

Tram 28 Lisbon

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, the sunny capital of Portugal. Lisbon is the warmest capital of Europe and a good year-round ...

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Winter Finland in 25 Photos: Nature Art and Frozen Lakes

Winter in Finland, walking on the lake

Finland has approximately 187.000 lakes. These photos of winter Finland show what a Finnish lake looks like and how it changes during the snow season. All Finnish lakes normally get an ice cover and later in the winter snow falls on the ice. This makes Finnish lakes a perfect place for all kinds of winter activities from skiing and skating to kick sledding and kiteboarding. ...

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Santana Day Trip from Funchal

Santana triangular house

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 Frio and Faial. Santana is a village on the north coast of Madeira famous for ...

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Driving on Madeira: Road Trip to Western Madeira

Road Trip to Western Madeira, a tunnel

We made a road trip to Western Madeira. The west is a dramatic area with high sea cliffs and terraced banana plantations on mountainsides. Western Madeira is a less touristic area since it has always been hard to reach, until the Via Rapida with all its tunnels was built.     We however took the smaller roads, first to Camara de Lobos and Cabo ...

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Madeira: Exploring Funchal Sights

Funchal mountain view

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 white Baroque houses and  streets paved with round sea pebbles.   I also show the hotel ...

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Walking around Cap-Ferrat, French Riviera

The Top 10 Places in the French Riviera, Cap-Ferrat Paloma beach

The picturesque peninsula of Cap Ferrat on the French Riviera is where the rich and famous prefer to spend their vacations. Their luxury villas and lush gardens are nice to look at. But the best thing about Cap Ferrat is that you can walk around the peninsula on a marked trail that follows its beautiful shore. And that you can walk ...

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One Day in Monaco

The Top 10 Places in the French Riviera, Monaco

Our three generations family spent one day in Monaco. Since you can’t take a rental car across the border we were wondering how to get to Monaco. We studied French Riviera public transport timetables and went to Monaco by bus and returned by train. Monaco on the French Riviera has a long history. It has been a Greek and a Roman colony and it is an independent ...

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City Walk: See Nice in One Day

Nice Old Town vegetable market

To help you explore Nice in one day I made a walking-route and marked it on a Google map. France tops the list for the most visited countries in the world. All of us want to see Paris, but go beyond that. Go to the French Riviera and Nice in the south-east.  So wherever you choose to stay on the Riviera you should ...

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