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Finland: Lake Näsijärvi Reflections

Virrat boat sheds before storm

Whether you like it or not the summer is turning to its end and it’s time to think back to summer trips of this year. I made a couple of trips abroad – and more than a couple of domestic trips. Since for me summer is the time for domestic travel.  The Finnish lakeland is my number one summer destination ...

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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 the spectacular Highway 1 south from San Francisco to see what this world-famous route is like. This post shows you the Highway 1 sights, driving from San Francisco to Monterey. The Monterey area is definitely worth a vacation trip. The city itself is ...

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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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Driving in New Zealand: South Island West Coast

Lake Matheson view

This post is about driving in New Zealand, on the South Island West Coast. We take State Highway 6 south from Punakaiki Pancake rocks and drive down to Lake Matheson and Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers. Our 370 km West Coast drive continues to Haast where we turn inland.  What is driving in New Zealand and on its South Island West Coast like, in an area ...

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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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