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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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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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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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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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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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