Savonlinna Castle18 Dec 2015

Savonlinna Castle

We made an excursion to Olavinlinna, the castle of Savonlinna, which is the most northerly in the world stone medieval fortress that states still in place. It’s build over a little granite island, in the enormous network of lakes in the region of Saimaa. It was founded in 1475 by a Danish knight with the purpose of reject the enemy attacks from the East. Through centuries the fortress changed hands several times between the Swedish

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Porvoo, a period village15 Dec 2015

Porvoo, a period village

Porvoo is a little village 50 km from Helsinki, and it’s the second oldest city in Finland. The old area of Porvoo still keeps an old ambient from ancient times, which has become this village a mandatory touristic visit. Besides, it’s located almost at the mouth of a river (Borgå, the “Castle River”). There is a large park in one the banks, just in front of the old city and their red painted wooden houses

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Aare Gorge (Aareschlucht)15 Apr 2015

Aare Gorge (Aareschlucht)

Our first excursion in Switerzland was in the Aare River Gorge (Aareschlucht), which is only a few kilometers from Interlaken, where we were staying. It’s a canyon 1,4 km long between two enormous stone blocks of 200 meters height. The minimum width at some points of the path is less than 1 m.

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Levada do Caldeirão Verde10 Jul 2014

Levada do Caldeirão Verde

The second levada we walked in during our journey was Caldeirão Verde. It is 6,5 km long and it goes in parallel to one ditch in the North of the island. The starting point of the route is 4 or 5 km from the village of Santana, where there are indicators. There’s not much free space in the parking area, so it’s recommendable to arrive soon or to be ready for leaving the car parked

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Levada dos Balcões4 Jul 2014

Levada dos Balcões

The famous “levadas”, where you’ll discover laurissilva forests and the local flora, are another surprise waiting for any nature lover. We walked along two levadas: Balcões and Caldeirão Verde. We’ll talk about the first one in this post, and the other one will be explained later. The levadas are the ways build for the water in the island. They are almost entirely plain sidewalks built along the ditch network which let the visitors comfortably walk

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