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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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Walk around Cap-Ferrat, French Riviera

The Top 10 Places in the French Riviera, Cap-Ferrat Paloma beach

Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera is a perfect place to walk around. The peninsula is where the rich and famous spend their vacations and their luxury villas and lush gardens are nice to look at on your walk around Cap-Ferrat. There is a marked trail that follows the beautiful shoreline, all the way. You can walk slowly and stop whenever there’s ...

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What to See in One Day in Monaco

The Top 10 Places in the French Riviera, Monaco

This post shows you what to do in one day in Monaco. We made a day trip to Monaco from Nice and our three generations family explored the wealthiest state of the world.  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 took a bus to Monaco and ...

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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 was exploring Southern France and made a list of the Top 10 places in the French Riviera. My Top 10 list will help you discover the best places near Nice and Monaco, and most of them you can visit by train. The French Riviera has already for centuries been the Number 1 destination for millionaires, movie stars and royals ...

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Hiking Cinque Terre Trails between Five Villages

Hiking Cinque Terre Trails

This post shows you a hidden gem in Italy, we are hiking Cinque Terre trails between five coastal villages north of Tuscany. The isolated Cinque Terre with its five villages is in a location where you don’t get by car, you have to take a train through many coastal tunnels. To explore the Cinque Terre villages you have to walk between them, or take ...

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Stockholm Nature Tour by Bike: Djurgården

Stockholm nature tour by bike

Stockholm is a great city. It’s my old home town and I always like going back. I always spend some nice days there, like last summer when I made a Stockholm nature tour, by bike! I just love this city, its people, its old town and architecture – and the islands around Stockholm. The islands are a different world. Start with Djurgården.   Rent a bike and take ...

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