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Ostrobothnia Road Trip in a Motorhome

Ostrobothnia road trip, Kauhajoki

For us, like for many others, this year was a year of domestic travel. We have been using our motorhome for short trips, spring, summer and autumn. One of the highlights was the Ostrobothnia road trip we took in early summer. The main reason was to meet family, and in addition we enjoyed what the region offers.  Ostrobothnia road trip ...

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Taghazout, a Blue Village in Morocco

A Taghazout back street

Morocco is best known for its pink and honey Sahara shades, but the North African country also has its blue side. In some regions the tradition is to paint houses blue, and the Atlantic coast that has blue fishing villages. One of them is Taghazout north of Agadir. This post will show you Taghazout, a Moroccan secret discovered by the ...

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Emilia Romagna: Looking for Italy’s Prettiest Villages

Brisighella, one of Italy's prettiest villages

In Italy they say that all roads lead to Rome. My roads in Italy, however, lead to old villages that there are so many of. At least I always find myself looking for Italy’s prettiest villages, every time I travel through the country. Italian villages exist on mountaintops, on the plains and by the sea. Historic medieval villages, well taken ...

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Great Cities to Visit More than Once

Alfama Igreja da Graca

Thinking about your next travels? You like exploring the world and have already been to places, seen the magic world. Why not think about revisiting a city you’ve been to? Many cities offer so much that you can’t see it all on one trip. So return to a city a different time of year, and you’ll find whole new sides ...

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Tallinn Old Town, Estonia’s Medieval Fairytale City

Tallinn Old Town from Toompea Hill

Did you know that the Estonian capital is a fairytale city with hundreds of years of history and traditions? The thick walls surrounding Tallinn Old Town have seen many different rulers but always protected the city and helped to retain it as it was.  I spent a winter weekend in the UNESCO listed Old Town of Tallinn, strolling its cobbled ...

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Wicklow Mountains Scenic Drive from Dublin

Glendalough St. Kevin's Church and round stone tower

The Wicklow Mountains scenic drive is one of the top itineraries of Ireland. What you will see is heather slopes, vast plains and rugged wilderness, combined with fine Celtic stone constructions. We wanted to see these mountains, hired a car and set off from Dublin airport.  Even when there is a good choice of bus tours from Dublin city we ...

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River Cruising through Belgium and the Netherlands

Magnifique III hotel barge in Antwerp

River cruising is a great alternative to touring the world on huge ocean vessels. Small ships carrying only 20 to 40 passengers offer a more authentic, individual travel experience. Cruising along inland waterways you only travel short distances a day and dock frequently to learn about the country. What you will see is small-scale sights, medieval towns and open countryside. ...

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Lake Como Weekend from Milan Malpensa

Lake Como weekend: Villa del Balbianello garden

Looking for a weekend getaway? Lake Como in North Italy is the perfect place to go, just a 40 minute drive from Milan Malpensa airport. The fjord-like lake is the deepest in Italy, framed by mountains rising from the water. The highest mountains like Monte Legnone, 2600 m, are snow-capped most of the time. Lake Como lets you combine alpine ...

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Bologna: Arcades, History and Mediterranean Colors

Piazza Santo Stefano porticoes, Bologna

Bologna at the foot of the Apennine mountains is a less known travel destination that easily compares to Florence and other cities. Bologna’s 38 km of arcaded streets, red and ochre-colored houses and long culinary traditions make it the perfect weekend destination. Bologna arcades are listed in the UNESCO and so is the whole city, as a city of music.  ...

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Italy by Train and Car: Rome, Florence and Tuscany

Driving along Tuscan country roads

Italy if any is my favorite destination and I go there almost every year. Last year we made a one-week trip round Italy by train and car: Rome, Florence, Tuscany. Yes, you can really see these fantastic destinations in a week, just travel the long distances by train and then rent a car. I will show you how. Italy by ...

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