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New Zealand: South Island West Coast Drive

Lake Matheson view

This post will show you a scenic drive in New Zealand, down the South Island West Coast. We will take the State Highway 6 from the Pancake Rocks and drive south towards Lake Matheson and the glaciers of Franz Josef and Fox. Further south on our 370 km drive we will come to Haast, the place where to turn inland.  ...

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New Zealand by Campervan: Christchurch to Greymouth

Visiting Arthur's Pass National Park

This post on the scenic route from Christchurch to Greymouth begins a series of posts on our campervan trip around the New Zealand South Island. We bought flights to Christchurch, rented a campervan at the airport and set off from Christchurch to Greymouth and down the West Coast.  The Alpine road from Christchurch to Greymouth takes you across the Southern ...

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Day Trip from Funchal: Curral das Freiras

Curral das Freiras Madeira

Curral das Freiras, the Valley of the Nuns, is a hidden valley in the mountains north of Funchal, Madeira. You can easily visit this stunning valley by car from Funchal, it’s just a half and hour’s drive.  The nuns found the place in 1566 and lived there in isolation. The only connection to the outer world was a winding footpath ...

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Madeira by Car: Santana Day Trip from Funchal

Santana triangular house

This post will show you a drive through the green island of Madeira as we are making a Santana day trip from Funchal. We will first take the steep road up to Monte and visit Monte Palace Tropical Gardens from where we will continue to the top of Madeira, Pico de Arieiro, 1818 m.  Pico de Arieiro is a fantastic ...

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Driving in Madeira: Road Trip to Western Madeira

Road Trip to Western Madeira, a tunnel

This post will show you a road trip to Western Madeira along good Madeira roads and through many tunnels. Madeira’s west is very much worth visiting. It’s a dramatic area with high sea cliffs and terraced banana plantations on mountainsides. West Madeira is a less touristic area and has always been hard to reach – until the new Via Rapida ...

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Trip Ideas at the MATKA Nordic Travel Fair

Trip ideas: Miami Beach Ocean Drive

The beginning of the year is the time to start planning your vacations and trips the coming year. Where would you like to go this year? Where should you go for new, fresh trip ideas?   Should it be sun and beach this year, or should it be nature travel and hiking? Or a short city break including city life, art and culture? ...

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Day Trip to Muir Woods Redwood Forest, California

Muir Woods Redwood Creek Trail

California is famous for its giant redwoods but redwood forests have almost disappeared from Californian shores. To see giant trees I made a day trip to Muir Woods Redwood Forest that is the only remaining redwood forest in San Francisco bay area.   The trip was a half day self drive tour and I was traveling with my husband. Muir Woods ...

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New Zealand: Short Walks in Mount Cook National Park

Tasman Glacier Walker

We took some short walks in Mount Cook National Park, on the top of New Zealand, the place for New Zealand’s highest mountains, largest glaciers and spectacular glacier lakes.  To see the Mount Cook glacier lakes we took two short hikes: the Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier Lake Walk and the Kea Point Track to Mueller Glacial Lake. These walks ...

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The Top 10 Places in the French Riviera

The Top 10 Places in the French Riviera, Eze

We were exploring Southern France and made a list of the Top 10 places in the French Riviera. Our Top 10 list will help you discover the best places near Nice and Monaco, most of which are easy to get to by train. For centuries, the French Riviera has been the Number 1 destination for millionaires, movie stars and royals ...

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Hiking Cinque Terre Trails between Five Villages

Hiking Cinque Terre Trails

This post will take you to an isolated part of Italy. We are hiking Cinque Terre trails linking five old fishing villages on the North Italian coastline. The five villages of Cinque Terre are in a location with no access by car. You can only reach the place by the train through tunnels. To see the five villages you have ...

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