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Norway by Motorhome: Lofoten, Senja & Tromsø

Hamnøy, spectacular drive through the Lofoten islands

For years we had been talking about traveling Norway by motorhome. Then came the summer of 2020 when flying on vacation was out of the question. We couldn’t wait any longer, we bought a motorhome and off we went, to the arctic islands of Norway! We traveled the long way to Lofoten, Senja and Tromsø, to follow marked routes to ...

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The Arctic Lapland Spring: Snowdrifts and Sunlight

Arctic Lapland spring: on the fell top, Ylläs, Lapland

We will show you the sunny, shining early spring of Lapland. In April Lapland bathes in light and the masses of snow make it sparkle even more. The bright sunshine, long days and mild temperatures make the arctic Lapland spring the total opposite of the dark winter time. March and April are the ideal months for skiing on Lapland’s snowy ...

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Taghazout, a Blue Village in Morocco

A Taghazout back street

Morocco is best known for its pink and honey Sahara shades, but the North African country also has its blue side. In some regions the tradition is to paint houses blue, and the Atlantic coast that has blue fishing villages. One of them is Taghazout north of Agadir. This post will show you Taghazout, a Moroccan secret discovered by the ...

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Emilia Romagna: Looking for Italy’s Prettiest Villages

Brisighella, one of Italy's prettiest villages

In Italy they say that all roads lead to Rome. My roads in Italy, however, lead to old villages that exist in all corners. At least I always find myself looking for Italy’s prettiest villages, every time I travel through the country. Italian villages are found on mountaintops, on the plains and by the sea. Historic medieval villages, well taken ...

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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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Italy by Train and Car: Rome, Florence and Tuscany

Driving along Tuscan country roads

Italy, if any, is my favorite destination where I have to get almost every year. Last year we made a one-week trip to Italy by train and car: Rome, Florence, Tuscany. Yes, you can really see three different destinations in a week, just travel the long distances by train and then rent a car. I will show you how. Italy ...

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Montenegro Drive: Adriatic Coast and Lake Skadar

Rijeka Crnojevica old bridge, Lake Skadar National Park

We took a week off in May and booked flights to Montenegro, the small mountain country in the south of Europe. After some initial research we understood how much there was to see. Our holiday was going to be a Montenegro drive. So we booked a car and started planning a week-long Montenegro road trip.  Montenegro drive: Rijeka Crnojevica, Lake ...

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Driving around the Bay of Kotor

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Boka Kotorska, the spectacular fjord on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast is a bit unknown bu it clearly is a world class nature sight. We spent a day driving around the Bay of Kotor, enjoying Montenegro’s fantastic mountain scenery and the bay’s calm waters, cultural heritage and postcard-perfect villages. This post will show you the UNESCO listed Bay of Kotor that was ...

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Driving around Tenerife: What to See in the North

Garachico street and cactus

We left our resort pools and beaches and spent a day driving around Tenerife. That was a great family day out, most of which we spent in the pretty north coast towns Garachico, Icod de los Vinos and La Orotava. These towns represent the traditional, real Tenerife. Cobbled streets, colonial houses with wooden balconies, Sunday afternoons on shady squares. I ...

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