Visiting Mario in Castiglione della Pescaia

Sunday 1st October - Thursday 5th October 2017 Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany beach town - visiting my friend Mario Rainy drive On Sunday I had another fun breakfast in pasticceria Stella in Lucca, lots of hustle and bustle. Today I was changing bases to Castiglione della Pescaia, a cute seaside town where Mario’s parents have …

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Amsterdam tips: daytrips to other places

(Picture above: Rotterdam, seen from a watertaxi)  If you have 3 or more full days in Amsterdam you could consider visiting another place in the Netherlands. There are various beautiful historical towns and other sights within a 30 minute train/bus ride, even more within a 60 minutes radius. Zaanse Schans windmills & craft shops Okay, …

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Valencia, Spain 2016

A 5 day winter escape to Spanish Valencia. Good food, nice markets, good shops, a mix of historical and modern architecture, nice cycling in the former-riverbed park, a beach... But also: cockroaches, lots of one-way streets in the city (not good for cycling), urine and car fume smells. Be warned. 😉  


My map with recommended places (2015 info) Sunday 27 September I got into Málaga on the high speed AVANT train from Córdoba. Went to the marina in evening, lovely place to stroll around.  The moon was hanging very low and red and was shining in the sea. Monday 28 September Went to the beach, it was …

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Last sunny days in Porto

Tuesday 29 October 2013 (continued) After coming back to Porto Xandra and I went to Cafe Majestic, and then to a cinema to watch "Blue Jasmine" by Woody Allen. Had some dinner in that shopping mall. Wednesday 30 October 2013 Bike & beach again Having seen plenty of countryside during the car rides to Guimarães …

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Cheap and friendly Porto

Friday 25 October 2013 Arrived in the afternoon and took the easy metro ride into town. I got the keys to my private little apartment which was very cozy and nice-looking with art on the walls. And had a great view onto a beautiful church. I had coffee with the owner, who gave me some …

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Paradise – the Chinteche Strip

A ride with the Germans I took a minibus, planning to travel on to Nkhata Bay, a place everbody raves about. However, due to the fuel problem the whole country was having, the minibus ran out of petrol in some small town, and could not get more as the gas station there had none left …

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