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Tuscany Scenic Drive

Tuscany scenic drive view from Volterra

Tuscany is full of scenic roads and it’s hard to choose which of them to take. We took a flight to Pisa, rented the cutest little Fiat and hit the road. And I think we found the best places this area of Italy has to offer. You can follow our Tuscany scenic drive and enjoy the views – and then start planning your own trip! This ...

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San Francisco Golden Gate Area Sights

Matka Nordic Travel Fair Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge is for many people the thing they know about San Francisco. We went to see what the bridge is like. In addition we wanted to see the other Golden Gate area sights. We walked across the bridge and along San Francisco coast and had a great day out. And there was so much more to see in the area. There was a large green area ...

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Napa Valley Day Trip from San Francisco

Napa Valley Winery California

This post shows you a Napa Valley day trip with a route map and photos. We spent a sunny day driving around the scenic Napa Valley, California and visited top wineries tasting their best wines. Here are my top picks for a Napa Valley day trip. Napa Valley is a beautiful stretch of valley north of San Francisco and home to about 300-400 wineries. A day ...

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Queenstown to Mount Cook via the Cardrona Road

Lake Pukaki shore and snow-capped mountains

This post takes you to the South Island of New Zealand. We are touring the island with a campervan and now driving from Queenstown to Mount Cook. We are taking the spectacular Crown Range (Cardrona) road from Queenstown to Wanaka, after which we will see Lindis Pass and the stunning Lake Pukapi before reaching Mount Cook.  Lake Pukapi and Mount Cook, ...

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Queenstown Day Trips by Car: Arrowtown and Lake Wakatipu

Queenstown Day Trips Arrowtown

This post on Queenstown day trips by car shows you two short self-drive trips from Queenstown: one takes you to Arrowtown and the other follows Lake Wakatipu shores. Arrowtown is a postcard-pretty mining settlement full of historical buildings and just 20 km north of Queenstown. It’s a must-see destination if you are visiting Queenstown. Lake Wakatipu again is on the ...

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Sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro

Tourists at Christ the Redeemer

This post tells about a day of sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro. What sights should you see on your first day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil? And what is Rio de Janeiro, the host of the 2016 Olympic Games like?  Rio de Janeiro is a city with a really unique setting. Rio is both a lively city and a tropical resort and it ...

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Central Bali Day Trip continues

Central Bali Day Trip

In this post our Central Bali day trip contitues. We are returning from Mount Batur to Sanur. First we visit a coffee plantation and learn about Luwak coffee which is said to be the most expensive coffee in the world. Then we will visit the holy Pura Tirta Empul temple and walk on the postcard-pretty rice terraces of Tegallalang. Before heading back to the ...

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Day Trip to Central Bali

Day Trip to Central Bali

This blog post tells about a day trip to Central Bali. We rented a car and a driver to see the artist villages of Batubulan and Batuan. In the villages we visited a jewellery, a painter house and the famous Pura Desa Batuan temple. Before heading to the mountains and the volcano of Mount Batur we stopped at the ancient Goa Gajah Elephant Cave.   ...

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Tampere Winter Walk

Pispala view to lake Pyhäjärvi, Tampere

This post shows you the Tampere winter and what sunny January weather can be like in Finland. We finally got snow and in some places a lot of it. Extreme Finnish winter temperatures and sunny winter days are finally here!  I went for a walk in the cold Tampere winter weather. I walked to the bridges of Tammerkoski rapids and to the slopes of Pispala Ridge outside Tampere ...

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Day Trip to West Bali

Maru towers, Pura Taman Ayun

To discover Bali we rented a car and a driver for two days. To begin with we did a day trip to West Bali after which we toured Central Bali. This blog post brings you to West Bali. First we watch Barong dance. Then we visit a monkey forest and a temple with Maru towers. After that we walk on rice terraces and at the end it’s time to watch ...

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