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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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Driving in Mallorca: Serra de Tramuntana

Valldemossa, Serra de Tramuntana

Serra de Tramuntana is a mountain chain that covers the whole northern part of Mallorca. These steep slopes where wild rosemary smells make a striking contrast to the tourist-filled south and east coasts. And yet these mountains are just half an hour away from the beaches. So each time I go to Mallorca I have to spend a day or ...

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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

Sri Lanka is famous for its Ceylon tea that grows in millions of tea bushes in its hill country, from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Tamil tea pickers walk through tea gardens with baskets strapped to their backs and carry their baskets to tea factories where the leaves are processed to high-quality Ceylon tea.  Tea pickers along the Kandy to Nuwara ...

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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 it has the island’s best beaches and friendliest locals. The east also has some beautiful beach resorts that make a perfect setting for a relaxed, peaceful holiday. Not many tourists have found this piece of paradise in the east so you can easily find a beach for yourself and spend lazy days ...

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Sri Lanka West Coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Buddha statues, Colombo

This post will show you the Sri Lanka West Coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya. After exploring temples of Central Colombo we will drive to Negombo to watch fishermen at work and fish being dried outdoors on the hot ground. The idyllic Kalpitiya Peninsula in the north has white-sand beaches on both sides, backed by coconut palms that they also use ...

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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 in 11 days and saw the best of this beautiful region. This post shows our South Island itinerary and the amazing landscape we were traveling in.  New Zealand South Island is a nature destination. The whole New Zealand is pure nature and very rural. You will notice you’re almost alone on the road ...

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Places to Travel in 2018

Kick of the travel year 2018

The year 2018 is here! Time to start planning your travels this year. To inspire you I listed some of the best places to travel in 2018. Rome, Marrakech, Madeira, the Finnish nature…. These are my favorite places to travel I’ve recently been to and wish to go again as soon my time and budget allow. In fact most of ...

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Morocco: Did I See Goats in Trees?

Moroccan goats in trees

Goats in trees by the Marrakech to Essaouira highway? We stopped the car, walked back and yes we saw black and white Moroccan goats, high up in tree branches. Moroccan goats can climb in trees, but only near Essaouira where argan trees grow. Argan trees produce nuts that cosmetics industry loves. And the goats love the nuts even more.  Moroccan goats ...

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