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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. So we took Highway 1 south from San Francisco to see what this world-famous route is like. I will here show you the Highway 1 sights, driving from San Francisco to Monterey. If you are visiting San Francisco you should make a trip ...

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New Zealand Drive: Mount Cook to Christchurch

Lake Tekapo and clouds

This shows you the drive from Mount Cook to Christchurch across New Zealand South Island. Highlights of the Mount Cook to Christchurch itinerary are the two glacier lakes Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, the snow-capped mountain chains and the turquoise Rakaia Gorge. This is the last (number 9) of my New Zealand South Island posts that all together make a South Island road trip: from ...

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What to See in Florence in One Day

Ponte Vecchio from Uffici, Florence

The Italian city of Florence is a UNESCO listed world class sight, but since its historic center is packed into a small area you can discover the best of Florence in one day. To help you plan what to see in Florence I put the attractions on a map and made a walking itinerary between them.  So whether you are visiting ...

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Top 10 Sights in Rome: a Walking Itinerary

Piazza Navona fountain, Rome

Rome is a city packed with history and there are historic sights at every corner so it’s hard to choose what to see and where to go. I made a walking itinerary that shows you the top 10 sights in Rome, a city of 3 million people and the capital of Italy. My itinerary shows you the UNESCO World Heritage ...

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How to Make a Day Trip from Lisbon to Belem

Torre de Belem

This post tells you how to make a day trip from Lisbon to Belem on the Lisbon tram 15. Belem in the outskirts of Lisbon is full of history. So we took tram 15 from Lisbon and spent a day learning on Portugal’s national monuments and the great explorers.  In Belem you can step 500 years back in time, to ...

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Portugal: Touring Lisbon on Tram 28

Tram 28 Lisbon

This post shows you how to tour Lisbon on tram 28. The tram 28 brings you up and down Lisbon hills to the historic parts of the city. Most Lisbon sights are along the tram 28 route which makes tram the best way to explore Lisbon, the sunny capital of Portugal. Lisbon is the warmest capital of Europe and a perfect ...

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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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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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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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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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