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Madeira’s UNESCO Forest

We heard from our friends about levada walks. Levadas, old water channels, are unique to Madeira, and many have pathways along them. When we found a levada walking company that was recommended, we looked at the description of all of their … Continue reading

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FAST downhill exit

A unique-to-Madeira, crazy, and really fun way to get back down to the city center from the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens is to take a basket toboggan ride down. Or, you can walk down the very steep and narrow streets … Continue reading

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Visit to Monte Garden – just don’t expect to see many flowers in August

Our guess was confirmed. We made a trip up to the Garden, paid a €10 p.p. entrance fee, and found  only a few plant and tree species were in bloom in August. Despite a visit in the “wrong season,” we had a … Continue reading

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ArT of opEN doors

Why limit viewing art to only museums or galleries? We’re excited when we can walk, turn a corner, and discover public art in an unlikely place. For travelers like us, accessible art turns a city into a vibrant place that … Continue reading

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Travel photography: no extra travel required

Travel photography doesn’t require a major tourist site backdrop that screams to everyone at home, “I made it. I’m here!”   Travel photos can go beyond people in native costumes, flags, and directional signs. As travelers, not tourists, we look for … Continue reading

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transitions

Our plan for the summer took a detour. The original plan was to enjoy the sea for the hot months somewhere in our travels. We thought a month on the sunny Mediterranean island of Crete for July and then a … Continue reading

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Walking for more than exercise

We walk every day. We like to walk, and walking 10,000 steps or more daily is good for our health, so why not? We always try to find a place offering scenic views, presenting a choice of routes, and promising … Continue reading

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A meal so good we had to return

Usually a great meal is about more than just the food. For years the memory of a meal we had in Rome has stayed fresh in our minds. We had arrived in Rome late, tired, and hungry. Beth’s cousins, Susie … Continue reading

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“Closed for renovation” opened as a parting gift

A problem arose for us, and you will not be surprised by it, if you are a frequent traveler. We planned our trip on the internet some time in advance. Changes don’t always get documented on the internet and guidebooks, … Continue reading

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How to capture the essence of the place in travel photos

We wheeled our suitcases down the street towards the harbor, and all we could think was, “This is a gorgeous place! We can’t wait to start taking photos.” Other photographers filled the old town snapping iconic views of the Venetian … Continue reading

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