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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 now wanted to see more of the country. So I checked what alternatives there were and decided to ...

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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 has the best beaches and friendliest locals. We stayed in some paradise-like beach resorts that made a perfect setting for our holiday. We really liked the east coast. No tourists, no crowds, just us and the smiling locals. East coast must be what the old Sri Lanka used to be. Few tourists have ...

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Sri Lanka’s Ancient Cities and the Cultural Triangle

Dreaming about travel: Polonnaruwa stupa, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a long and remarkable history, most of which happened in the 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, until ...

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Sri Lanka West Coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Dreaming about travel: Buddha statues in Colombo

In this post we will take you to Sri Lanka’s west coast and we will drive from Colombo to Kalpitiya. We are traveling by car, using the same road as buses.  First we will see Colombo’s sights and afterwards drive to Negombo to watch fishermen at work and fish drying on the ground. We will also see Negombo beaches. Driving ...

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Places to Visit in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira city gate

The UNESCO listed Essaouira is one of the pretty Moroccan coastal towns not taken over by tourists so far. To visit the town take a bus tour from Marrakech or Agadir with a driving time three hours one way.  Essaouira shows Morocco as it is: women in veils, woodworkers at their craft, narrow alleys, whitewashed walls. And countless doors, most ...

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The Top Things to Do in Marrakech

Jemaa el-Fna snake charmer

After returning from Morocco I put together a list on the top things to do in Marrakech. Trying to charm snakes is not what you should do at first hand, but there are better things like fairy-tale palaces, busy souks, green oasis like parks and pink mosques.  I’m sure you will like the Moroccan wonders I will soon show you. ...

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Florence in One Day: Explore the UNESCO Listed City

Ponte Vecchio from Uffici, Florence

When visiting Rome or touring Tuscany, why not make a day trip to Florence? It’s a UNESCO listed city and a world class sight, and taking the train you can easily visit Florence in one day. The historic Florence is packed into a small area and is easily walkable. To help you explore Florence on foot I made a walking ...

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Top 10 Sights in Rome: a Walking Itinerary

Piazza Navona fountain, Rome

As Rome is a city packed with history and has sights at every corner, it’s hard to know where to go. I made a walking itinerary to see the Top 10 Sights in Rome and put the the sights on the map. My itinerary will take you to Rome’s UNESCO listed Centro Storico, to ancient squares, ruins, temples, fountains and ...

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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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