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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 is an area of palm-fringed beaches, jungles and national parks, and an endless row of busy Sri Lankan villages along the coast. As a holiday destination the south combines tropical sunshine with nature experiences and a mix of colonial and Sri Lankan culture. The last section of our Sri Lanka road trip covers the South Coast from Yala ...

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Kandy to Nuwara Eliya: Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

Women picking Ceylon tea

Sri Lanka is famous for its Ceylon tea that grows in millions of tea bushes in its hill country, from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Tamil tea pickers walk through tea gardens with baskets strapped to their backs and carry their baskets to tea factories where the leaves are processed to high-quality Ceylon tea.  Tea pickers along the Kandy to Nuwara ...

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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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Things to Do in Monterey and Carmel

Pacific Grove ice plants

The shoreline south of Monterey is one of California’s top places to visit. We were driving down the Californian coast and found so many things to do in Monterey and Carmel that we decided to stay longer to see it all. This post shows you what to do in Monterey and Carmel and around them. Pacific Grove ice plants First, ...

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Places to Visit in Denmark: North Jutland

The sand-buried church, Denmark

  Among the places to visit in Denmark North Jutland is a special one. Suberb beaches, high sand dunes, castles and half-timbered houses make the area worth a summer trip. And what about a sand-buried church and a collapsing lighthouse? I didn’t know much of this area in the north of Denmark but when my husband had a business meeting ...

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Driving on Madeira: Road Trip to Western Madeira

Road Trip to Western Madeira, a tunnel

This post shows you a road trip to Western Madeira. The west is a dramatic area with high sea cliffs and terraced banana plantations on mountainsides. Western Madeira is a less touristic area since it has always been hard to reach, until the Via Rapida with all its tunnels was built.     We however took the smaller roads, first to Camara de Lobos and ...

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