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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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Getting Lost in the Souks of Marrakech

Lazy afternoon in the souks of Marrakech

I got lost in the souks of Marrakech. I tried to find my way in the huge labyrinth but had to give up trying too much.  This ancient North African street market is best explored by just walking around aimlessly and without any plans. Just absorb the things that will happen around you.  Getting lost in the souks of Marrakech ...

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What to See in Palma de Mallorca Old Town

Modernisme building, Palma de Mallorca

This post shows you the postcard-pretty Palma de Mallorca old town that hides behind the famous cathedral. El Casco Antiguo has been there for hundreds of years before any tourists found the island. People live their life in narrow cobbled streets like they always did. Palma de Mallorca old town is the real Mallorca you shouldn’t miss when visiting the island. ...

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Self-Guided Dublin Walking Tour: Dublin’s Top Sights

Dublin door

Dublin, Ireland is a cosmopolitan city that draws millions of tourists. The city has something that makes people want to visit, time after time. Maybe the pubs and Irish music or maybe Dublin’s past, present or future? Or is it the Liffey and the waterways with Georgian houses and Dublin doors? I spent a week in Dublin and walked a ...

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Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Dublin

Giants Causeway high stone columns

While Clas was at his conference I had a whole week in Dublin on my own. Yet after two days walking I felt like getting out from the city, just a little bit. I had seen most of the sights already and wanted to see more of the country. So I checked what there was and decided to go on a ...

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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 Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira city gate

The Unesco listed Essaouira is one of those pretty Moroccan coastal towns that have not been taken over by tourists. But  go there, you can find beautiful places to visit in Essaouira and around it.  This coastal city shows you Morocco as it is: women in veils, woodworkers at their craft, narrow alleys, whitewashed walls  – and countless doors, most ...

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