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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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Things to Do in Monterey and Carmel

Pacific Grove ice plants

The shoreline south of Monterey is one of California’s top places to visit. We were driving down the Californian coast and found so many things to do in Monterey and Carmel that we decided to stay longer to see it all. This post shows you what to do in Monterey and Carmel and around them. Pacific Grove ice plants First, ...

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Places to Visit in Denmark: North Jutland

The sand-buried church, Denmark

  Among the places to visit in Denmark North Jutland is a special one. Suberb beaches, high sand dunes, castles and half-timbered houses make the area worth a summer trip. And what about a sand-buried church and a collapsing lighthouse? I didn’t know much of this area in the north of Denmark but when my husband had a business meeting ...

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Coastal Drive from San Francisco to Monterey

Capitola pier

The coastal drive from San Francisco to Monterey is one of the top scenic drives in the US. I will show you Highway 1 sights and tell you where on this world-famous route you should stop.  If you are visiting San Francisco why not make a trip to Monterey? The city has a scenic location and offers a lot for visitors. ...

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New Zealand Drive: Mount Cook to Christchurch

Lake Tekapo and clouds

This post will show you the drive from Mount Cook to Christchurch across New Zealand South Island. Highlights of the Mount Cook to Christchurch itinerary are the glacier lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, the many snow-capped mountains and at the end Rakaia Gorge with  deep turquoise waters. This is the last (number 9) of my New Zealand South Island posts that all together make ...

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New Zealand: West Coast to Queenstown Drive

Blue Pools, New Zealand

Our New Zealand campervan trip now takes you from Haast on West Coast to Queenstown. We will follow Haast River to Mount Aspiring National Park where we walk to the famous Blue Pools. We will see the majestic Southern Alps and the Southern lakes Lake Hawea and Wanaka. Then we will take the Cromwell road to Queenstown and in Kawarau ...

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New Zealand: South Island West Coast Drive

Lake Matheson view

This post will show you a long drive in New Zealand, down the South Island West Coast. We will take State Highway 6 from Punakaiki Pancake rocks and drive down to Lake Matheson and Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. From the glaciers our 370 km drive will continue to Haast where we will turn inland.  What is driving in New Zealand ...

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New Zealand in Campervan: Christchurch to Greymouth

Visiting Arthur's Pass National Park

This post on the scenic route Christchurch to Greymouth begins a series of posts on our campervan trip around New Zealand South Island. We bought flights to Christchurch, rented a campervan at the airport and set off from Christchurch to Greymouth and down the West Coast.  The Alpine road from Christchurch to Greymouth takes you across the Southern Alps, from the Pacific ...

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Day Trip from Funchal: Curral das Freiras

Curral das Freiras Madeira

Curral das Freiras, the Valley of the Nuns, is a hidden valley in the mountains just north of Funchal, Madeira. The nuns found the place in 1566 and lived there in isolation. The only connection to the outer world was a winding footpath along the steep mountain face. Since then the nuns have left but the village remained remote until a road ...

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