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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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Exploring the Palaces of Sintra by Bus

Visiting the palaces of Sintra

Sintra west of Lisbon is a land of romantic castles, princess palaces and quintas. It makes a nice day out when in Lisbon, driving from the Portuguese capital only takes half an hour. Or why not take the train and explore the palaces of Sintra by bus? I will tell you how. The Sintra Hills is where the Portuguese kings built their summer palaces. ...

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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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Serra de Tramuntana Drive in Mallorca

Valldemossa, Serra de Tramuntana

Serra de Tramuntana is the mountain chain that covers the whole north of Mallorca. Each time I go to Mallorca I have to spend a day or two driving in the Serra. I have to see the countryside, the scenic coastline and all those pretty villages with yellow dry-stone houses. After reading this post you will know what I mean.  These ...

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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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Kandy to Nuwara Eliya: Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

Women picking Ceylon tea

This post will show you the drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in the Sri Lankan tea country where the famous Ceylon tea comes from. Tea grows here in millions of bushes and you can see green tea gardens all the way from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Tamil tea pickers walk through tea gardens with baskets strapped to their backs and ...

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Sri Lanka’s East Coast: Best Beaches and Smiling Locals

Selfie with locals, Passekudah Bay, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s East Coast is far away but has the best beaches and friendliest locals. We stayed in some paradise-like beach resorts that made a perfect setting for our holiday. We really liked the east coast. No tourists, no crowds, just us and the smiling locals. East coast must be what the old Sri Lanka used to be. Few tourists have ...

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Sri Lanka West Coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Buddha statues, Colombo

In this post I will show you Sri Lanka West Coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya. We are using a private car but buses use the same road.  After exploring Colombo temples we will drive to Negombo and see fishermen at work and fish being dried outdoors on the hot ground. We will have lunch at Negombo and see the beaches. ...

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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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