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Places to Visit in Morocco: the Historic Essaouira

Essaouira city gate

Essaouira is one of those pretty Moroccan coastal towns that have not been taken over by tourists. Yet it has a lot to offer the independent traveler that wants to meet Morocco as it is: women in veils, woodworkers at their craft, narrow alleys, whitewashed walls and blue doors. And fresh sea winds, fishermen returning from the sea and camel rides ...

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Things to Do in Monterey and Carmel

Pacific Grove ice plants

The shoreline south of Monterey is one of California’s top places to visit. We were driving down the Californian coast and found so many things to do in Monterey and Carmel that we decided to stay longer to see it all. This post shows you what to do in Monterey and Carmel and around them. Pacific Grove ice plants First, ...

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Places to Visit in Denmark: North Jutland

The sand-buried church, Denmark

  Among the places to visit in Denmark North Jutland is a special one. Suberb beaches, high sand dunes, castles and half-timbered houses make the area worth a summer trip. And what about a sand-buried church and a collapsing lighthouse? I didn’t know much of this area in the north of Denmark but when my husband had a business meeting ...

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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

The coastal drive from San Francisco to Monterey is one of the top scenic drives in the US. So we took Highway 1 south from San Francisco to see what this world-famous route is like. I will here show you the Highway 1 sights, driving from San Francisco to Monterey. If you are visiting San Francisco you should make a trip ...

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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 Day Trip from Lisbon to Belem

Torre de Belem

This post tells you how to make a day trip from Lisbon to Belem on the Lisbon tram 15. Belem in the outskirts of Lisbon is full of history. So we took tram 15 from Lisbon and spent a day learning on Portugal’s national monuments and the great explorers.  In Belem you can step 500 years back in time, to ...

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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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