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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

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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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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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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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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The Top 10 Places in the French Riviera

The Top 10 Places in the French Riviera, Eze

I have now returned from France and put together a list of my favourite Top 10 places in the French Riviera. My favourites can help you find your way in this scenic area.  The French Riviera has for the last two centuries been the number one destination for millionaries, movie stars and princes. Many of them have established their vacation homes here. You can follow their footsteps and see some of the ...

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Italy: Hiking Cinque Terre Trails

Hiking Cinque Terre Trails

Cinque Terre with its five fishing villages is a hidden pearl in Italy, north of Tuscany. It’s hidden since you don’t get there by car, only by train through many tunnels. To move around and explore Cinque Terre you walk or take a train.  September is a great time for hiking Cinque Terre trails because it’s not too hot and you avoid the crowds. ...

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