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Wicklow Mountains Scenic Drive from Dublin

Glendalough St. Kevin's Church and round stone tower

The Wicklow Mountains scenic drive is one of the top itineraries of Ireland. What you will see is heather slopes, vast plains and rugged wilderness, combined with fine Celtic stone constructions. We wanted to see these mountains, hired a car and set off from Dublin airport.  Even when there is a good choice of bus tours from Dublin city we ...

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Lake Como Weekend from Milan Malpensa

Lake Como weekend: Villa del Balbianello garden

Looking for a weekend getaway? Lake Como in North Italy is the perfect place to go, just a 40 minute drive from Milan Malpensa airport. The fjord-like lake is the deepest in Italy, framed by mountains rising from the water. The highest mountains like Monte Legnone, 2600 m, are snow-capped most of the time. Lake Como lets you combine alpine ...

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Hiking in Tenerife: Day Trip to Mount Teide by Car

Hiking in Tenerife: Day Trip to Mount Teide by Car

We made a day trip to the top of Tenerife and hiked in the moon landscape of Mount Teide National Park. This became a great family day out up at 2000 meters and a drive to remember. The beaches are what most tourists come for to Tenerife but try to leave them at least for a day. Driving to Mount ...

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Pokhara: Short Hikes, Lake and the Annapurnas

Pokhara lakeside

Pokhara is a lakeside city at 900 m which in Nepal means the lowlands. Yet the city is at the very foot of the Himalayas. In Pokhara you can combine subtropical climate with snow-capped peaks – added with a green mountain lake. Pokhara, Nepal offers short hikes, a lake and the Annapurnas. The Annapurna Massif is literally behind the corner. The ...

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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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Autumn Trip to Lapland: Reindeer, Ruska and Auroras

Visiting the three nations border point, Lapland

I made an autumn trip to Lapland, to the top of Finland and to the top of Europe. Lapland, the wild north has reindeer, fells and auroras. And autumn ruska, as the Finns call it, yellow leaves. What was the place then? Kilpisjärvi, or Gilbbesjavri in the local Sámi language. Why did I go to Lapland in autumn? It’s not ...

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5 Great Ways to Enjoy Beautiful Mallorca

View of Estellencs, Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

The sunny island of Mallorca is one of my favorites, it has something that always makes me return. Walking on cliffs, swimming in calm turquoise waters and strolling in the old town of Palma are my ways to enjoy the beautiful Mallorca. Or should I go hiking in the mountains, or just drive across the countryside? I can do all ...

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Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Dublin

Giants Causeway high stone columns

While Clas was at his conference I had a whole week in Dublin on my own. Yet after two days walking I felt like getting out from the city, just a little bit. I had seen most of the sights already and wanted to see more of the country. So I checked what there was and decided to go on a ...

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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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New Zealand South Island Road Trip in 11 Days

Crown Range Summit road

We made a New Zealand South Island road trip by campervan and saw the best of this beautiful island. This post will show you our South Island itinerary on the map and photos of the amazing landscapes we were traveling through.  We bought flights to Christchurch where we rented a campervan at the airport. From Christchurch we took the Arthur’s Pass road ...

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