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Historic Kandy: Temples, Lake and Rainforest Hills

Historic Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy is a city deep in Sri Lanka’s rainforest hills, yet full of traditions and history. It is where Sri Lanka’s last kings ruled and made this rainforest city the cultural capital of the island. The kings built their palaces and temples, the biggest of them for Buddha’s tooth. They changed a paddy field to a lake that became the new heart ...

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Sri Lanka’s East Coast: Best Beaches and Smiling Locals

Selfie with locals, Passekudah Bay, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s East Coast is far away but it has the island’s best beaches and friendliest locals. The east also has some beautiful beach resorts that make a perfect setting for a relaxed, peaceful holiday. Not many tourists have found this piece of paradise in the east so you can easily find a beach for yourself and spend lazy days ...

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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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Sri Lanka West Coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Buddha statues, Colombo

This post will show you the Sri Lanka West Coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya. After exploring temples of Central Colombo we will drive to Negombo to watch fishermen at work and fish being dried outdoors on the hot ground. The idyllic Kalpitiya Peninsula in the north has white-sand beaches on both sides, backed by coconut palms that they also use ...

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Places to Visit in Morocco: the Historic Essaouira

Essaouira city gate

Essaouira is one of those pretty Moroccan coastal towns that have not been taken over by tourists. Yet it has a lot to offer the independent traveler that wants to meet Morocco as it is: women in veils, woodworkers at their craft, narrow alleys, whitewashed walls and blue doors. And fresh sea winds, fishermen returning from the sea and camel rides ...

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The Top Things to Do in Marrakech

Jemaa el-Fna snake charmer

After returning from Morocco I made a list on the top things to do in Marrakech. Trying to charm snakes is not what you should do but there are lace-like palaces, noisy souks, peaceful parks and pink mosques that I’m sure you want to see. I will show you those places. Morocco is developing its tourism. Visitor numbers are increasing and new ...

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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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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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