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Historic Kandy: Temples, Lake and Rainforest Hills

Historic Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy is a city deep in Sri Lanka’s rainforest hills, yet full of traditions and history. It is where Sri Lanka’s last kings ruled and made this rainforest city the cultural capital of the island. The kings built their palaces and temples, the biggest of them for Buddha’s tooth. They changed a paddy field to a lake that became the new heart ...

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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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Places to Visit in Morocco: the Historic Essaouira

Essaouira city gate

Essaouira is one of those pretty Moroccan coastal towns that have not been taken over by tourists. Yet it has a lot to offer the independent traveler that wants to meet Morocco as it is: women in veils, woodworkers at their craft, narrow alleys, whitewashed walls and blue doors. And fresh sea winds, fishermen returning from the sea and camel rides ...

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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 lace-like palaces, noisy souks, peaceful parks and pink mosques that I’m sure you want to see. I will show you those places. Morocco is developing its tourism. Visitor numbers are increasing and new ...

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Rome Centro Storico in 25 Evening Photos

Pantheon after dark

Rome Centro Storico is a great place for an evening stroll. As the evening lights go on the architectural treasures of Rome’s historic center begin to glow. And you will see that they look even more amazing than at daytime.  At night Rome’s attractions show their best and you can clearly see all the fine details in them. I was wandering through ...

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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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What to See in Florence in One Day

Ponte Vecchio from Uffici, Florence

The Italian city of Florence is a UNESCO listed world class sight, but since its historic center is packed into a small area you can discover the best of Florence in one day. To help you plan what to see in Florence I put the attractions on a map and made a walking itinerary between them.  So whether you are visiting ...

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Top 10 Sights in Rome: a Walking Itinerary

Piazza Navona fountain, Rome

Rome is a city packed with history and there are historic sights at every corner so it’s hard to choose what to see and where to go. I made a walking itinerary that shows you the top 10 sights in Rome, a city of 3 million people and the capital of Italy. My itinerary shows you the UNESCO World Heritage ...

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How to Make a Day Trip from Lisbon to Belem

Torre de Belem

This post tells you how to make a day trip from Lisbon to Belem on the Lisbon tram 15. Belem in the outskirts of Lisbon is full of history. So we took tram 15 from Lisbon and spent a day learning on Portugal’s national monuments and the great explorers.  In Belem you can step 500 years back in time, to ...

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Portugal: Touring Lisbon on Tram 28

Tram 28 Lisbon

This post shows you how to tour Lisbon on tram 28. The tram 28 brings you up and down Lisbon hills to the historic parts of the city. Most Lisbon sights are along the tram 28 route which makes tram the best way to explore Lisbon, the sunny capital of Portugal. Lisbon is the warmest capital of Europe and a perfect ...

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