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Exploring the Palaces of Sintra by Bus

Visiting the palaces of Sintra

Sintra west of Lisbon is a land of romantic castles, princess palaces and quintas. It makes a nice day out when in Lisbon, driving from the Portuguese capital only takes half an hour. Or why not take the train and explore the palaces of Sintra by bus? I will tell you how. The Sintra Hills is where the Portuguese kings built their summer palaces. ...

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Autumn Trip to Lapland: Reindeer, Ruska and Auroras

Visiting the three nations border point, Lapland

I made an autumn trip to Lapland, to the top of Finland and to the top of Europe. Lapland, the wild north has reindeer, fells and auroras. And autumn ruska, as the Finns call it, yellow leaves. What was the place then? Kilpisjärvi, or Gilbbesjavri in the local Sámi language. Why did I go to Lapland in autumn? It’s not ...

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Touring Sri Lanka’s Ancient Cities

Polonnaruwa stupa, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a long and remarkable history, most of which has happened in its jungles. We went to see Sri Lanka’s ancient cities that once were the capitals of some of the world’s great kingdoms. Sri Lanka’s ancient cities had dagobas almost as big as the Egyptian pyramids. One after one these cities disappeared and became parts of the jungle – ...

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New Zealand South Island Road Trip in 11 Days

Crown Range Summit road

We made a New Zealand South Island road trip by campervan and saw the best of this beautiful island. This post will show you our South Island itinerary on the map and photos of the amazing landscapes we were traveling through.  We bought flights to Christchurch where we rented a campervan at the airport. From Christchurch we took the Arthur’s Pass road ...

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The Lake Country of Finland: Lake Näsijärvi Reflections

Virrat boat sheds before storm

The Finnish lake country with its 187 000 lakes is the perfect summer destination. There are lakes to suit all tastes – small and big, narrow and wide – and on calm days they all reflect like a mirror. I was boating on Lake Näsijärvi, the 16th of the lakes in size and made this photo gallery to show you ...

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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 25 hour trip to this new fantastic national park located in the Finnish lakeland.  My post shows you what you can do in Southern Konnevesi National Park and how you can get there. We ...

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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. I will show you the sights along Highway 1 and tell you what there is to see and where you should stop. We will first admire the rugged coastline and sandy beaches south of San Francisco and stop at the original village of ...

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New Zealand: West Coast to Queenstown Drive

Blue Pools, New Zealand

Our New Zealand campervan trip now takes you from Haast on West Coast to Queenstown. We will follow Haast River to Mount Aspiring National Park where we walk to the famous Blue Pools. We will see the majestic Southern Alps and the Southern lakes Lake Hawea and Wanaka. Then we will take the Cromwell road to Queenstown and in Kawarau ...

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New Zealand: South Island West Coast Drive

Lake Matheson view

This post will show you a long drive in New Zealand, down the South Island West Coast. We will take State Highway 6 from Punakaiki Pancake rocks and drive down to Lake Matheson and Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. From the glaciers our 370 km drive will continue to Haast where we will turn inland.  What is driving in New Zealand ...

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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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