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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 I 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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Essaouira, Morocco: Did I See Goats in Trees?

Moroccan goats in trees

Goats in trees by the Marrakech to Essaouira highway? We stopped the car, walked back and yes, we saw black and white Moroccan goats, high up in tree branches. Moroccan goats climb in trees, but only near Essaouira where argan trees grow. Argan trees have nuts that cosmetics industry loves, but Moroccan tree goats love the nuts even more. In ...

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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. Yet there are bus tours to the city from Marrakech and Agadir, day trips with a driving time three hours one way.  The coastal city of Essaouira shows Morocco as it is: women in veils, woodworkers at their craft, narrow ...

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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, Morocco. Trying to charm snakes is not what you should do at first hand, but there are more things like the fairy-tale palaces, the busy souks, the green oasis like parks and the pink mosques. . I’m sure you will love to learn about ...

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Rome Centro Storico in 25 Evening Photos

Pantheon after dark

Rome Centro Storico is a great place for an evening stroll. As the evening lights go on the treasures of Rome’s historic center begin to glow. In the evening they look even more amazing than at daytime.  At night Rome’s attractions show their best and you can clearly see the fine details in them. I was wandering through Rome Centro ...

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Florence in One Day: Explore the UNESCO Listed City

Ponte Vecchio from Uffici, Florence

If you are visiting Rome or touring Tuscany make a one day trip to Florence. The UNESCO listed Tuscan capital is a world class sight and you will enjoy it. Since the historic Florence is packed into a small area you can easily see it in one day. To help you explore Florence on foot I made a walking itinerary ...

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Top 10 Sights in Rome: a Walking Itinerary

Piazza Navona fountain, Rome

As Rome is a city packed with history with 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 it on the map. My itinerary will take you to Rome’s UNESCO listed Centro Storico, to ancient squares, ruins, temples, fountains and palaces. Walking through ...

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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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Portugal: Touring Lisbon on Tram 28

Tram 28 Lisbon

This post will show you how to tour Lisbon on tram 28. Tram 28 brings you up and down Lisbon hills to the most historic parts of the city. As most Lisbon sights are along the tram 28 route it is the best way to explore Lisbon, the sunny capital of Portugal. Lisbon, the warmest capital of Europe, is a ...

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