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Southern Konnevesi National Park in 24 Hours

Southern Konnevesi, Finland

Southern Konnevesi National Park is one of Finland’s 40 national parks open to everyone to explore on foot or by boat. We made a short trip to this new national park located in Konnevesi and Rautalampi in the Finnish lakeland.  My post shows you what you can do in Southern Konnevesi and how to get there. We took a boat ...

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Coastal Drive from San Francisco to Monterey

Capitola pier

On our trip to California we above all wanted to explore the coast. So we took the spectacular Highway 1 south, from San Francisco to Monterey. The Monterey area is definitely worth a vacation trip. The city itself is in a pretty location and there’s a lot that interests travelers: the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Aquarium and the Cannery and outside the city Carmel, Pacific Grove, Carmel ...

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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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How to Make a Lisbon Day Trip to Belem

Torre de Belem

This post tells you how to make a day trip to Belem, from Lisbon, Portugal. We took tram 15 from Lisbon and spent a day exploring Portugal’s national monuments and learning about Portugal’s amazing history.  In Belem you will step 500 years back in time, to Portugal’s Golden Age when Vasco da Gama sailed to India, Pedro Alfares to Brazil and Ferdinand ...

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Santana Day Trip from Funchal

Santana triangular house

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. On the north side we stopped at Ribeiro Frio and Faial. Santana is a village on ...

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Driving on Madeira: Road Trip to Western Madeira

Road Trip to Western Madeira, a tunnel

This post shows you 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 ...

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Trip Ideas for 2017: MATKA Nordic Travel Fair

Matka Nordic Travel Fair Golden Gate Bridge

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 to the polls travel companies made while preparing for the biggest happening of the travel year in ...

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Day Trip to Muir Woods Redwood Forest, California

Muir Woods Redwood Creek Trail

California is famous for its giant redwoods but redwood forests have almost disappeared from Californian shores. To see giant trees I made a day trip to Muir Woods Redwood Forest that is the only remaining redwood forest in San Francisco bay area.   The trip was a half day self drive tour and I was traveling with my husband. Muir Woods ...

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Touring the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country, California

Santa Ynez Valley vineyard view

The Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country is one of the new wine regions of California. In addition to vineyards and wine tasting the valley offers pretty small towns like Solvang, Los Olivos and Los Alamos.  The Santa Ynez Valley is in the Central Coast of California between San Francisco and Los Angeles. We toured this new wine region on our road trip ...

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Walk around Cap-Ferrat, French Riviera

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

Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera is a perfect place to walk around. The peninsula is where the rich and famous spend their vacations and their luxury villas and lush gardens are nice to look at on your walk around Cap-Ferrat. There is a marked trail that follows the beautiful shoreline, all the way. You can walk slowly and stop whenever there’s ...

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