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Madeira by Car: Santana Day Trip from Funchal

Santana triangular house

This post will show you a drive through the green island of Madeira as we are making a Santana day trip from Funchal. We will first take the steep road up to Monte and visit Monte Palace Tropical Gardens from where we will continue to the top of Madeira, Pico de Arieiro, 1818 m.  Pico de Arieiro is a fantastic ...

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Driving in Madeira: Road Trip to Western Madeira

Road Trip to Western Madeira, a tunnel

This post will show you a road trip to Western Madeira along good Madeira roads and through many tunnels. Madeira’s west is very much worth visiting. It’s a dramatic area with high sea cliffs and terraced banana plantations on mountainsides. West Madeira is a less touristic area and has always been hard to reach – until the new Via Rapida ...

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Trip Ideas at the MATKA Nordic Travel Fair

Trip ideas: Miami Beach Ocean Drive

The beginning of the year is the time to start planning your vacations and trips the coming year. Where would you like to go this year? Where should you go for new, fresh trip ideas?   Should it be sun and beach this year, or should it be nature travel and hiking? Or a short city break including city life, art and culture? ...

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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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Melbourne to Sydney Drive along Coast

Campervan, Melbourne to Sydney coastal route

This post will show you our Melbourne to Sydney drive along coast. To travel from Melbourne to Sydney we rented a campervan and then spent more than a week on this scenic coastal route.  We followed the Pacific coastline all the way from Melbourne to Sydney, first heading south to Phillips Island and on to Wilsons Promontory, then turning north ...

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Touring the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country, California

Santa Ynez Valley vineyard view

The Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country is one of the new wine regions of California. In addition to vineyards and wine tasting the valley offers pretty small towns like Solvang, Los Olivos and Los Alamos.  The Santa Ynez Valley is in the Central Coast of California between San Francisco and Los Angeles. We toured this new wine region on our road trip ...

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Tuscany Scenic Drive: Pisa, Volterra, Siena to Pienza

Tuscany scenic drive view from Volterra

Tuscany is full of scenic roads and it’s hard to choose which one to take. We took a flight to Pisa, rented the cutest little Fiat and hit the road. And I think we found the best places Tuscany, Italy has to offer. You can follow our Tuscany scenic drive and absorb the beauty – and then start planning your ...

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San Francisco Golden Gate Area Sights

Matka Nordic Travel Fair Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge is for many people the thing they know about San Francisco. We went to see what the bridge is like. In addition we wanted to see the other Golden Gate area sights. We walked across the bridge and along San Francisco coast and had a great day out. And there was so much more to see in the area. There was a large green area ...

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San Francisco Sightseeing: A Driving Tour

Dreaming about travel: Alamo Square and San Francisco downtown

This post will show you a San Francisco sightseeing itinerary by car. As distances are long in San Francisco, driving is by far the best way to explore the large city. Without worries, driving in Central San Francisco is super easy, yet try to visit on a Saturday or Sunday when there is much less traffic. However, parking in San Francisco ...

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Napa Valley Day Trip from San Francisco

Napa Valley Winery California

In this post I will show you our Napa Valley day trip by car. We spent a sunny day driving around the valley and looking for top wineries. Here are my top picks for your Napa Valley day trip. Napa Valley is a scenic wine-growing region one hour north of San Francisco and home to about 300-400 wineries. A day ...

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