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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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New Zealand Drive: West Coast to Queenstown

Blue Pools clear water

Our New Zealand campervan trip continues from the South Island West Coast to Queenstown. We are touring the beautiful Southern Alps and the Southern Lakes. From West Coast we first follow the Haast River gorge to Mount Aspiring National Park where we walk to the crystal clear Blue Pools. From the mountains we descend to the lakes and drive on to Lake Hawea and Wanaka ...

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New Zealand: Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers

Franz Joseph Glacier walkers

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers on the West Coast of  South Island are the two biggest of the 140 New Zealand glaciers – and the ones that are most easily accessible. Normally you can only get to glaciers on guided tours and scenic helicopter rides, but Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are different. Since the lower end of these two glaciers lies in ...

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New Zealand Campervan Trip: Christchurch to Greymouth

Visiting Arthur's Pass National Park

This blog post begins a series of posts on our campervan trip around New Zealand South Island. We bought flights to Christchurch, rented a campervan at the airport and set off from Christchurch to Greymouth and down the West Coast.  The scenic road from Christchurch to Greymouth takes you across the Southern Alps from the Pacific Coast in the east to the ...

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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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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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New Zealand: Short Walks in Mount Cook National Park

Tasman Glacier Walker

Aoraki Mount Cook is on the absolute top of New Zealand’s South Island. We took some short walks in Mount Cook National Park that has New Zealand’s largest glaciers and highest mountains. We had a great day out in this World Heritage site and saw snow-capped mountains, icebergs and glacier lakes, all under what is said to be the clearest skies of Southern Hemisphere. Mount Cook ...

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