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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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Driving in Mallorca: Serra de Tramuntana

Valldemossa, Serra de Tramuntana

Serra de Tramuntana is a mountain chain that covers the whole northern part of Mallorca. These steep slopes where wild rosemary smells make a striking contrast to the tourist-filled south and east coasts. And yet these mountains are just half an hour away from the beaches. So each time I go to Mallorca I have to spend a day or ...

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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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Sri Lanka’s South Coast: From Yala to Galle

Yala National Park bee-eater

Sri Lanka’s South Coast is an area of palm-fringed beaches, jungles and national parks, and an endless row of busy Sri Lankan villages along the coast. As a holiday destination the south combines tropical sunshine with nature experiences and a mix of colonial and Sri Lankan culture. The last section of our Sri Lanka road trip covers the South Coast from Yala ...

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Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Dublin

Giants Causeway high stone columns

While Clas was at his conference I had a whole week in Dublin on my own. Yet after two days walking I felt like getting out from the city, just a little bit. I had seen most of the sights already and wanted to see more of the country. So I checked what there was and decided to go on a ...

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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 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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