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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

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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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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Winter Finland in 25 Photos: Nature Art and Frozen Lakes

Winter in Finland, walking on the lake

Finland has approximately 187.000 lakes. These photos of winter Finland show what a Finnish lake looks like and how it changes during the snow season. All Finnish lakes normally get an ice cover and later in the winter snow falls on the ice. This makes Finnish lakes a perfect place for all kinds of winter activities from skiing and skating to kick sledding and kiteboarding. ...

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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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