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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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Marrakech: Jemaa El-Fna Photo Tour

Food stall on UNESCO listed Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

The central square of Marrakech Jemaa El-Fna is one of the best places to see Morocco as it is and meet the Moroccans as they are. Times change but the show on this old square goes on. The Moroccans still keep to their old traditions and cultural heritage which made UNESCO take Jemaa el-Fna on their World Heritage list.    ...

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Getting Lost in the Souks of Marrakech

Lazy afternoon in the souks of Marrakech

I got lost in the souks of Marrakech. I tried to find my way in the huge labyrinth but had to give up trying too much.  This ancient North African street market is best explored by just walking around aimlessly and without any plans. Just absorb the things that will happen around you.  Getting lost in the souks of Marrakech ...

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What to See in Palma de Mallorca Old Town

Modernisme building, Palma de Mallorca

This post shows you the postcard-pretty Palma de Mallorca old town that hides behind the famous cathedral. El Casco Antiguo has been there for hundreds of years before any tourists found the island. People live their life in narrow cobbled streets like they always did. Palma de Mallorca old town is the real Mallorca you shouldn’t miss when visiting the island. ...

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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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Touring Sri Lanka’s Ancient Cities

Polonnaruwa stupa, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a long and remarkable history, most of which has happened in its jungles. We went to see Sri Lanka’s ancient cities that once were the capitals of some of the world’s great kingdoms. Sri Lanka’s ancient cities had dagobas almost as big as the Egyptian pyramids. One after one these cities disappeared and became parts of the jungle – ...

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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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Places to Visit in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira city gate

The Unesco listed Essaouira is one of those pretty Moroccan coastal towns that have not been taken over by tourists. But  go there, you can find beautiful places to visit in Essaouira and around it.  This coastal city shows you Morocco as it is: women in veils, woodworkers at their craft, narrow alleys, whitewashed walls  – and countless doors, most ...

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The Top Things to Do in Marrakech

Jemaa el-Fna snake charmer

After returning from Morocco I made a list on the top things to do in Marrakech. Trying to charm snakes is not what you should do but there are things like fairytale palaces, noisy souks, quiet parks and pink mosques that I’m sure you would like to see. I will show you those places. Things to do in Marrakech: watch snake charming ...

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California Day Trip: Santa Barbara in One Day

Santa Barbara street

We made a day trip to Santa Barbara, California and explored this pretty Spanish-style city on the Californian coast. What did we see in Santa Barbara in one day? Purple trees and whitewashed houses, a lot of them. I can guess Santa Barbara looks good at all times of the year but in May jacarandas in flower make the city look like something ...

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