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Hiking clothes for women – what to wear for comfort and style
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Hiking clothes for women – what to wear for comfort and style

If you're new here and enjoy my blog, I'd love you to to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! If you’re planning to hike in the mountains or walk a long distance trail to improve your fitness and wellbeing, it’s good to know what to pack. In this article I recommend the best hiking clothes for women, based on my own experience of numerous hiking trips, from the Tour de Mont Blanc and the Dolomites, to coastal paths in the Mediterranean and countryside walks in the UK. Hiking clothes for women Hiking clothing for different terrains One thing to consider before making a list of outdoor clothing you’ll need, is the kind of terrain you’ll be hiking through and the time of year you’re going. Most of my hiking has been done in Europe where the hiking season runs...
20 of the best beaches in Zakynthos – Greece
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20 of the best beaches in Zakynthos – Greece

If you're new here and enjoy my blog, I'd love you to to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! If you’re visiting the Greek island of Zakynthos, part of the Ionian chain, chances are you’re looking forward to some sun, relaxation and beach time. We’ve been going to Zakynthos, or Zante as it’s also known, for years since my sister lives there and runs two hotels in Argassi where we always stay. Part of our routine is to hire a car and spend some time exploring the beaches in Zante, to relax and swim and of course enjoy lazy lunches in a local beach bar. There really are beaches on Zakynthos to suit all tastes, whether you’re looking for a lively atmosphere or a secluded cove, watersports and music or a natural and undeveloped atmosphere. The beach you choose wi...
Most Interesting Buenos Aires Neighborhoods for Tourists
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Most Interesting Buenos Aires Neighborhoods for Tourists

Buenos Aires – Argentina’s chic capital – is a place like no other! The neoclassical architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere give the city a European feel that blends perfectly with its Latino spirit. Buenos Aires is divided into 48 neighborhoods (‘barrios‘), each with its own distinctive look, flavor and character. Buenos Aires NeighborhoodsBest Neighborhoods to Visit in Buenos Aires Like any big metropolis, Buenos Aires can be disorienting and confusing at times. We know from our own experience. Although some people don’t mind getting lost in a new city, I personally think it’s better to know where you are going and what to expect in each barrio. One thing to remember about Buenos Aires is that not all its 48 districts will be of interest to you, as a tourist. Although at...
How to Visit Harder Kulm, Interlaken’s Local Mountain
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How to Visit Harder Kulm, Interlaken’s Local Mountain

Located at 1322 meters above the sea level, Harder Kulm is one of Interlaken’s greatest attractions. This mountain peak is the ideal destination for photographers, gourmets, hikers and nature lovers. From up here you’ll get the most breath-taking views of the entire Jungfrau region. How to Get to the Harder Kulm Peak in Interlaken Getting to Herder Kulm from Interlaken is quite easy. You can either hike to the top, or take the  Harderbahn, a modern funicular that operates from the center of the town. Hardenbahn Funicular, bottom station buildingWe arrived in Interlaken late afternoon and decided to take the funicular, which was just steps away from the Lindner Grand Beau Rivage Hotel, where we were staying.  Funicular to Harder Kulm Peak in Interlaken The Harderbahn ...
Calico Ghost Town: the Ultimate Guide to Visiting California’s Old Mining Camp
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Calico Ghost Town: the Ultimate Guide to Visiting California’s Old Mining Camp

Somewhere on the long desert drive between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, lies one of the most exciting ghosts town in California: Calico. At least for me. But not everybody shares my opinion. For ghost town devotees, Calico is this over-commercialized town that plays to idealistic Old West stereotypes. Even so, if you have never seen a ghost town before, Calico may be a fun place to experience. A Brief History of Calico The discovery of gold and silver in the second half of the 19th century changed the face of California completely. Thousands of people lured by the promise of riches began heading west in order to “see the elephant,” as the California Gold Rush was often called.   Little towns began sprouting like mushrooms around the gold and silver mines. One of these towns ...
Loire Valley Castles – 10 Enchanting Châteaux to Visit in Central France
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Loire Valley Castles – 10 Enchanting Châteaux to Visit in Central France

Located in central France, just two hours away from Paris, the Loire Valley has always been a magnet for the French elite. Lured by the region’s spectacular scenery and fine wines, many aristocrats and kings of France came to live in the lush countryside of the Loire Valley, building fairytale châteaux and impressive Renaissance-era castles. The Loire Valley castles are as diverse as they are numerous (over 300). Many of them have been mentioned in famous books about France. Some are big and impressive and have left their mark on the history of France. Others are smaller, less known and not as historically important, but equally charming and romantic. But beyond their beauty, the Loire Valley châteaux are an important expression of the region’s history. In times of war these c...
20 Amazing Destinations You Should Visit in Your Lifetime
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20 Amazing Destinations You Should Visit in Your Lifetime

People often ask me what’s the most beautiful place that I have ever seen. But this question is always difficult to answer. There are so many amazing destinations in the world, that you couldn’t possibly put them in one list. Even if you traveled long enough and think you’ve seen it all, chances are there are still a few unique places that you haven’t experienced. In my 30 years of travel I visited some fantastic destinations which I’d love to share with you. So get your bucket lists ready. Overview 20 AMAZING TRAVEL DESTINATIONS 1. Torres del Paine 2. Laguna de Los Tres 3. Iguazú Falls 4. NaPali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii 5. Grand Canyon, Arizona 5. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada 6. Jungfraujoch, Switzerland 7. Yosemite National Park, California 8. Misty Fjords National Mo...
What to Eat as a Vegan in the Philippines
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What to Eat as a Vegan in the Philippines

Guest article by MR Maximo. Vegan Philippines Travel and Dining Guide The Philippines is an archipelago known for its amazing beaches, fantastic diving and friendly locals. It’s a tropical paradise like no other. But what’s it like to be a vegan in the Philippines? Let’s start with a quick introduction to Filipino cuisine. The Philippines has embraced and adapted cuisines from all over the world. When it comes to food, you name it and the Philippines has it. Filipino cuisine offers a unique mix of Chinese, Spanish, and Malay influences, as diverse peoples have settled here over the course of several centuries. Unfortunately, it’s not known for having many vegan options. The Philippines has a reputation as a meat-loving nation, and this is largely true. But don’t despair just yet! If ...
Braga Portugal Street Art Guide
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Braga Portugal Street Art Guide

Braga Street Art Guide Street art has become a big passion of mine over the past year, so you can expect to see more street art guides appearing on this blog. Granted, a guide to Braga street art might seem like an odd place to start. To be frank, Braga is definitely not the street art capital of Portugal. Lisbon, Porto, and even smaller towns like Faro and Lagos have more to offer.  And while I do plan to publish articles here about street art hot spots in Portugal, I don’t feel ready to do so yet. It’s just such a massive undertaking! Even though I live in Lisbon, there’s so much amazing art there that I’ve yet to discover. So for now, let’s start with a city whose art scene is a bit more manageable. The street art in Braga is fairly understated. You won’t see any huge, multi-story...
Vegan Guide to Braga Portugal
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Vegan Guide to Braga Portugal

If You Like It, Share It! Even though it’s the third-largest city in Portugal, Braga feels like a small town. In 2019, it was ranked second in a competition for the Best European Destination, losing out only to Budapest. Now that Portugal has come out of lockdown, Nick and I recently took our first overnight trip away from our home base in Lisbon. We headed up north to Braga and spent five days exploring the city. I was impressed to see that all the restaurants, museums, and other public spaces we entered asked us to sanitize our hands at the door. One bookstore even had a special mat for customers to sanitize their shoes. And everyone in Portugal complies with the requirement to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. With so many precautions being taken, I felt pretty comfortable takin...