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Dinner with a view

I' a big fan of the whole dinner with a view thing (who isn't?) and the west coast of Portugal seems to be perfect for that. Just pick a random spot (that's excatly what we did, no planning ahead) and you're likely to find a restaurant with the freshest seafood and an ocean view. Best thing ever!

Douro Valley

Douro Valley is at its best off season - I went there last October and would definitely recommend this place for a fall trip. Get ready for postcard-pretty vineyards (famous for they ports, but pretty skilful when it comes to other wines as well), delicious food and picturesque views. Stay in one of the charming vineyards and spend your days on walks in the vines, scenic drives along the river and picnics on the hills.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is famous for its spectacular landscapes. Dramatic white cliffs, secluded beaches, charming bays and azure waters were loved by Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria - you can visit her summer residence and final home, Osborne House.

It is located in the English Channel, separated from mainland Great Britain by the Solent. You can get there by a ferry from Portsmouth. The island isn't very big and I would definitely recommend it for a weekend trip. Rent a charming cottage and do nothing but picturesque walks with many pub-stops on the way.

Sweden

Swedish summer can be very pleasant and sailing between skerries (small rocky islands) is a perfect plan for a holiday trip. You're bound to enjoy amazing views, simple Scandinavian style of design and life, a sauna in every marina and delicious Nordic food. My culinary highlights included gravlax (as well as other salmon varieties), traditional prawn sandwiches (räksmörgås), kanelbullar (cinnamon rolls) with black coffee and foraged goods: blueberries, lingonberries and blackberries.

Moroccan road trip

It was a pleasure to discover that Marocco is so much more than narrow streets of ancient cities and endless dunes of the desert. What I loved most, was the in-between: sleepy villages in the Atlas Mountains, biblical landscapes, parking lots for donkeys, palm orchards and breathtaking mountain views. My plan is to come back for a few weeks and travel on a donkey!

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