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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. Sintra makes a nice day out when in Lisbon as 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. In cooperation with: Sintra Tourism Office The Sintra Hills is where ...

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Autumn Trip to Lapland: Reindeer, Ruska and Auroras

Visiting the three nations border point, Lapland

I was got a chance to join an autumn trip to Lapland, to the top of Finland and to the top of Europe. Lapland is the wild north that has reindeer, fells and auroras. And in autumn they have the ruska, as the Finns call it, meaning yellow leaves. What was the place then? Kilpisjärvi, or Gilbbesjavri in the local ...

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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. I will show you a beautiful drive in the UNESCO listed mountain landscape, the drive from Andraitx to Soller. Each time I go to Mallorca I have to spend a day or two in the Tramuntana. I have to go and see the island’s countryside, the ...

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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’s west coast from Colombo to Kalpitiya. We are traveling by car, using the same road as buses.  We will first visit the main sights of Colombo and then drive to Negombo where we will see fishermen at work and fish drying on the hot ground. We will have lunch and see ...

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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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Places to Travel at Different Times of the Year

Kick of the travel year

The new year is here, and the time to start planning your travels. To inspire you I listed some of the best places to travel in winter, spring, summer and autumn. Portugal, Italy, Finland, France… See the list of my favorite places to travel. You can make more trips if you don’t travel that far. As I live in Finland ...

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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 climb in trees, but only near Essaouira where argan trees grow. Argan trees have nuts that cosmetics industry loves, but Moroccan tree goats love the nuts even more. In ...

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