Douro Valley is the hippest place to be

All of a sudden, the Douro Valley in northern Portugal seems to have become the hippest place to be for wine lovers and everybody else. The landscape is truly breathtaking: rows after rows of lush green vines nestled on steep terraced hills along with small historic villages and imposing Quintas (wineries) sitting either directly on the riverbank or strewn high on the slopes.

via Visiting the magnificent Douro Valley – Carrots and Tigers

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Počitelj – History resting on the banks of Neretva river

Built in a natural amphitheatre along the Neretva river, this old Ottoman town is one of the best preserved examples in the region. On top of the hill lies a fortress which you can climb up to the top for fantastic views of the town and surrounding area.

via Mostar and Around – Once Upon A Backpack

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La Roche-en-Ardenne answers your wishes

Today we had our first real Belgian adventure! We set off on a two hour drive to the small town of La Roche-en-Ardenne. The drive was incredibly scenic with rolling hills, sheep grazing, lush forests and fields of golden harvest.

via Medieval Castles and WW2 Battles – … it’s on my list.

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Visby is often called “The City of Roses”

It’s hard to overstate the beauty of the Hanseatic port town of Visby (Sweden), in itself justification for making the ferry trip to Gotland. Inside its thick medieval walls are twisting cobblestone streets, fairy-tale cottages draped in flowers, and gorgeous ruins atop hills with stunning Baltic views.

via Where to Go in Sweden?

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Calabria, on the toe of Italy’s boot

Located on the “toe of Italy’s boot”, it’s home to 781 kilometers (485 miles) of coast. Being closer to North Africa than San Francisco to Santa Barbara, the region gets 300 to 320 sunny days a year, which makes it a nice all-year-round destination.

Coastline and hills, sunshine all day, rugged cliffs and sandy beaches, delicious Italian food and spicy regional dishes- Calabria has it all.

via A week in beautiful Calabria – Boho Soul

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A blog definately worth visiting: Image Earth Travel. Great source of information about Italy and lots of other awesome destinations. Blogster Nilla tipped us about beautiful Calabria.

Famous ancient Puente Nuevo in Ronda

Gibraltar and the African Coast were clearly visible. Small white towns and villages were precariously perched on the hillside and then Ronda was seen on the horizon.

via Ronda & “Pueblos Blanco’s” | gidsandangieontheroad

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Lovely little Vianden

Vianden is lovely. I fell in love with this small town while I was still on the bus. It has a small river winding its way through the town, with steep hills either side, and the houses are old and quaint, the streets are cobbled and quiet. It’s probably busy at the height of summer, but at the beginning of October it was nice and peaceful.

via Vianden, Luxembourg

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Neuschwanstein Castle, a Disney dream come true

Perched at the top of the hill and surrounded by rolling green valleys and leafy forests, stands the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle. You can see why King Ludwig wanted to build his palace here, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

via Neuschwanstein Castle

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Edinburgh Castle above it all

To me, Edinburgh was the most captivating of the cities we visited on this trip. The grand old stone buildings, the charm of Old Town, the Georgian and Victorian architecture of New Town, and being a city bustling with activity; – let alone the highly visible Edinburgh Castle sitting high on a hill above it all.

via On Edinburgh

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Praia da Marinha, if you dare

The road snaked its way up a hill, and at the top I promptly got lost in a labyrinth of bushes that kept coming to dead ends. It was like a maze, and after I hadn’t seen a single other person for fifteen minutes, I started to panic…

via Exploring the Best Beaches on the Algarve – An Orcadian Abroad

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