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Winter Finland in 25 Photos: Nature Art, Frozen Lakes

Winter in Finland, walking on the lake

Finland is known as the country of a thousand lakes. In fact there are 187.000 of them. All Finnish lakes normally get an ice cover for winter and afterwards snow falls on the ice. This makes winter Finland the perfect place for activities like skiing and skating or kick sledding and kite boarding on the lake. These photos will show ...

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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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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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Walk around Cap-Ferrat, French Riviera

Walking around Cap-Ferrat Plage des Fossettes

We took a walk around Cap-Ferrat, the peninsula on the French Riviera where the rich and famous spend their vacations. The rows of luxury villas and well kept gardens are something you won’t see elsewhere, and so is the winding walkway sticking to the Mediterranean shoreline all the way around the cape. The trail is marked and 13 km long.  ...

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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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Italian Farmstay: Agriturismo Holiday in Tuscany

Agriturismo Casalpiano swimming-pool

We wanted to see what an agriturismo holiday in Tuscany is like. This post will show you our farm stay in the beautiful setting of the UNESCO listed Val d’Orcia.  For a long time already, staying on a Tuscan farm had been in my thoughts. Then, one May, we took a week off and went ahead. Flights to Italy, a ...

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Central Bali Day Trip: Mt Batur, Tegallalang, Tirta Empul

Central Bali Day Trip

In this post we are on a Central Bali day trip and drive from Mount Batur to Tegallalang rice terraces and the holy Pura Tirta Empul temple. On the way we will first visit a coffee plantation and learn about Bali’s Luwak coffee, said to be the most expensive coffee in the world. Before reaching the south coast we will ...

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How to Make a Bali Day Trip by Car

Maru towers, Pura Taman Ayun

After arriving in Bali we booked a car and a driver to see the best places on the island. The next morning our driver was waiting for us and so we went on our first Bali day trip by car. He took us to Central and West Bali. We began the day watching Barong dance and then went to see ...

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