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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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What to See in Florence in One Day

Ponte Vecchio from Uffici, Florence

The Italian city of Florence is a UNESCO listed 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 plan what to see in Florence I put the attractions on a map and made a walking itinerary between them.  So whether you are visiting ...

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Top 10 Sights in Rome: a Walking Itinerary

Piazza Navona fountain, Rome

Rome is a city packed with history and there are historic sights at every corner so it’s hard to choose what to see and where to go. I made a walking itinerary that shows you the top 10 sights in Rome, a city of 3 million people and the capital of Italy. My itinerary shows you the UNESCO World Heritage ...

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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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How to Make a Day Trip from Lisbon to Belem

Torre de Belem

This post tells you how to make a day trip from Lisbon to Belem on the Lisbon tram 15. Belem in the outskirts of Lisbon is full of history. So we took tram 15 from Lisbon and spent a day learning on Portugal’s national monuments and the great explorers.  In Belem you can step 500 years back in time, to ...

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Portugal: Touring Lisbon on Tram 28

Tram 28 Lisbon

This post shows you how to tour Lisbon on tram 28. The tram 28 brings you up and down Lisbon hills to the historic parts of the city. Most Lisbon sights are along the tram 28 route which makes tram the best way to explore Lisbon, the sunny capital of Portugal. Lisbon is the warmest capital of Europe and a perfect ...

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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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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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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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