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How to Make a Day Trip from Lisbon to Belem

Torre de Belem

This post will show you day trip from Lisbon to Belem. You can just use the Lisbon tram 15. We took tram 15 from Lisbon and spent a day learning about Portugal’s most important national monuments and the country’s great explorers.  In Belem you can step 500 years back in time, to Portugal’s Golden Age. At that time Vasco da ...

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Portugal: Touring Lisbon on Tram 28

Tram 28 Lisbon

This post will show you how to tour Lisbon on tram 28. Tram 28 brings you up and down Lisbon hills to the most historic parts of the city. As most Lisbon sights are along the tram 28 route it is the best way to explore Lisbon, the sunny capital of Portugal. Lisbon, the warmest capital of Europe, is a ...

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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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Madeira: Exploring Funchal Sights

Funchal mountain view

With this post I will show you the flower city of Funchal, Madeira. We will walk around the charming colonial city and I will show you all main Funchal sights.  Funchal, Madeira has a fantastic setting, facing the Atlantic Ocean and backed by mountains. The climate is mild and it’s lush and green all year round. The city’s historic centre ...

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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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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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