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Rome’s Centro Storico in 25 Evening Photos

Pantheon after dark

Rome’s Centro Storico is a great place for an evening stroll. As the evening lights go on the architectural treasures of Rome’s historical center begin to glow. And you will see that they all look even more amazing than at daytime.  At night Rome’s sights show their best and you can clearly see all the fine details in them. Wandering through Rome’s ...

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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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New Zealand Drive: Mount Cook to Christchurch

Lake Tekapo and clouds

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) of my New Zealand South Island posts that all together make a South Island round trip: from ...

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The Best of Florence in One Day

Ponte Vecchio from Uffici, Florence

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 itinerary between them.  So whether you are visiting Rome or touring Tuscany you should consider ...

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A Rome Weekend: The Top 10 Sights in Rome

Piazza Navona fountain, Rome

Rome is a city packed with treasures of history. But it’s also a city of 3 million people and the capital of Italy. After a Rome weekend I made a list of the Top 10 sights for a Rome city break. I picked up Rome’s best attractions and made a Rome walking itinerary that shows them all – and a lot more, since Rome ...

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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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Portugal: Touring Lisbon on Tram 28

Tram 28 Lisbon

This blog post tells you how to tour Lisbon on tram 28. The tram brings you up and down Lisbon hills 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 the best way to explore Lisbon, the sunny capital of Portugal. Lisbon is the warmest ...

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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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Madeira: Exploring Funchal Sights

Funchal mountain view

This post presents the Portuquese city of Funchal, the capital of Madeira. We spent a day exploring Funchal sights, walking around and taking great photos. 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 ...

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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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