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River Cruising through Belgium and the Netherlands

Magnifique III hotel barge in Antwerp

River cruising is a great alternative to touring the world on huge ocean vessels. Small ships carrying only 20 to 40 passengers offer a more authentic, individual travel experience. Cruising along inland waterways you only travel short distances a day and dock frequently to learn about the country. What you will see is small-scale sights, medieval towns and open countryside. ...

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Bologna: Arcades, History and Mediterranean Colors

Piazza Santo Stefano porticoes, Bologna

Bologna at the foot of the Apennine mountains is a less known travel destination that easily compares to Florence and other cities. Bologna’s 38 km of arcaded streets, red and ochre-colored houses and long culinary traditions make it the perfect weekend destination. Bologna arcades are listed in the UNESCO and so is the whole city, as a city of music.  ...

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Italy by Train and Car: Rome, Florence and Tuscany

Driving along Tuscan country roads

Italy if any is my favorite destination and I go there almost every year. Last year we made a one-week trip round Italy by train and car: Rome, Florence, Tuscany. Yes, you can really see these fantastic destinations in a week, just travel the long distances by train and then rent a car. I will show you how. Italy by ...

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Montenegro Drive: Adriatic Coast and Lake Skadar

Rijeka Crnojevica old bridge, Lake Skadar National Park

We took a week off in May and booked flights to Montenegro, the small mountain country in the south of Europe. After some initial research we understood how much there was to see. Our holiday was going to be a Montenegro drive. So we booked a car and started planning a week-long Montenegro road trip.  Montenegro drive: Rijeka Crnojevica, Lake ...

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Nepal: Nature, Culture and UNESCO Sights

Nepal: Nature, Culture and UNESCO Sights

One day we understood we were going to Nepal. Clas had a business trip approaching and the only thing we knew about it was that he should spend a week or two working in Kathmandu. So I started creating a trip to the mountain country from scratch. What can we do in Nepal? Nepalese children in Sarangkot, Annapurnas Mountain climbing ...

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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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Sri Lanka’s South Coast: From Yala to Galle

Yala National Park bee-eater

Sri Lanka’s South Coast from Yala to Galle is palm-fringed beaches, national parks and jungles. And an endless row of busy Sri Lankan villages along the coast. My last post on our Sri Lanka road trip will show you what the South Coast is like and what is special about it.  South Coast has made its own mix of colonial and Sri Lankan cultures and ...

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Kandy to Nuwara Eliya: Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

Women picking Ceylon tea

This post will show you the drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in the Sri Lankan tea country where the famous Ceylon tea comes from. Tea grows here in millions of bushes and you can see green tea gardens all the way from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Tamil tea pickers walk through tea gardens with baskets strapped to their backs and ...

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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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