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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. So we took Highway 1 south from San Francisco to see what this world-famous route is like. I will here show you the Highway 1 sights, driving from San Francisco to Monterey. If you are visiting San Francisco you should make a trip ...

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New Zealand Drive: Mount Cook to Christchurch

Lake Tekapo and clouds

This shows you the drive from Mount Cook to Christchurch across New Zealand South Island. Highlights of the Mount Cook to Christchurch itinerary are the two glacier lakes Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, the snow-capped mountain chains and the turquoise Rakaia Gorge. This is the last (number 9) of my New Zealand South Island posts that all together make a South Island road trip: from ...

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New Zealand Drive: West Coast to Queenstown

Blue Pools clear water

On our New Zealand campervan trip we are now traveling from the South Island West Coast to Queenstown. We are driving in the majestic Southern Alps and passing by the beautiful blue Southern Lakes. From West Coast we first follow the Haast River gorge to Mount Aspiring National Park where we walk to the crystal clear Blue Pools. From the mountains we descend to ...

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Driving in New Zealand: South Island West Coast

Lake Matheson view

This post is about driving in New Zealand, on the South Island West Coast. We take State Highway 6 south from Punakaiki Pancake rocks and drive down to Lake Matheson and Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Our 370 km West Coast drive continues to Haast where we turn inland.  What is driving in New Zealand and on its South Island West Coast like, in an area ...

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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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Santana Day Trip from Funchal

Santana triangular house

This post shows you the pretty island of Madeira. We make a Santana day trip from Funchal. To see the famous triangular houses we rented a car and took the steepest road up to Monte and on to Pico do Arieiro on the top of Madeira. On the north side we stopped at Ribeiro Frio and Faial. Santana is a village on ...

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Driving on Madeira: Road Trip to Western Madeira

Road Trip to Western Madeira, a tunnel

This post shows you a road trip to Western Madeira. The west is a dramatic area with high sea cliffs and terraced banana plantations on mountainsides. Western Madeira is a less touristic area since it has always been hard to reach, until the Via Rapida with all its tunnels was built.     We however took the smaller roads, first to Camara de Lobos and ...

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