Top 10 unforgettable places (by Elsa)

Now that the dust starts to settle, I start to see more clearly the places that have marked me the most. When it comes to the order of them I ranked the list the first time on the plane back to Stavanger but since then whenever I rank them again they switch places sometimes. But I still include the same ones in my top 10 and they have one thing in common: given the chance I would definitely go back in an instant.

Cape Town – definitely a wonderful surprise. From the mountains, to the white sand and blue water beaches, to the wine farms and delicious tastings, this was an amazing place to be. Add the chance to be at the most southern point in Africa (part of the old glory days from Portugal), the view from the Table Mountain, the V&A waterfont and the beautiful African penguins and this is a difficult combination to beat!

San Francisco – I always thought I would like SF and it did not disappoint. The European feel of the city, the outgoing people, the great weather and the views around the bay are the things I miss the most, together with the cute sea lions 🙂 Continue reading

Memories for Life!

Every now an then there is a sound or a smell that takes us right back to specific moment in our trip. The memories we made are the most important thing we brought back home. They are weightless, rich in value and bring a smile to our eyes. And most importantly, they last a lifetime.

Há certos momentos em que um som ou um aroma nos fazem reviver um momento específico da nossa viagem. As memórias que fizemos são a coisa mais importante que trouxémos no regresso. Não pesam, tem um valor inestimável para nós e fazem os nossos olhos sorrirem. E mais importante que tudo, ficam para toda a vida.

When we got back we made a list of all the big and small things we accomplished. Here is a summary of our favourites:

Quando regressámos fiz uma lista com todas as coisas grandes e pequenas que vivemos. Aqui está um resumo das nossas preferidas:

  • Be at some place for the first time but feel you have known it from years

Estar num sítio pela primeira vez mas sentir que o conhecemos há anos

  • Driving along the endless roads in the US

Conduzir pelas estradas sem fim dos EUA

  • Conquering the streets of San Francisco in this tiny car

Conquistar as ruas de SĂŁo Franscisco neste carrinho

  • Meeting the African Penguin, the Meercat, the San Francisco Sea Lions and all the wonderful wildlife creatures we were lucky to see

Conhecer o Pinguim Africano, o Suricato, Leões Marinhos de São Francisco e todas fantásticas criaturas selvagens que tivémos o prazer de ver

  • Diving with sharks

Mergulhar com tubarões

  • Seeing the autumn colours in Japan and visiting some of the most famous temples

Ver as cores de Outono no Japão e visitar alguns dos templos mais famosos 

  • See and feel the Niagara Falls

Ver e sentir as Cataratas do Niagara

  • Swim in beatiful warm waters

Nadar em águas paradisíacas

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  • Drive a muscle car and a Harley and enjoy it more than anticipated

Conduzir um muscle car e uma Harley e gostar ainda mais do que tĂ­nhamos pensado

  • And many many small moments that bring that smile back 🙂

E muitos muitos pequenos momentos que nos trazem aquele sorriso de volta 🙂

 

 

Mauritius – a nice relaxing week in the Indian Ocean

We spent a week in the Mauritius and before the foot accident we had lots of plans of what we hoped to see and do. But life doesn’t always work out the way we expect so we just take what we can get and enjoy it. And that’s exactly what we did. We enjoyed the beautiful views of our hotel, the infinity pool in the adult only area and all the relaxing time we could get.

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We did get to do this really cool dive in a subscooter. You take a small boat trip to get over the reef that surrounds the Mauritius and gives all the fantastic snorkelling opportunities (while keeping those pesky sharks away!) and step onto a platform in the middle of the ocean where you board the under water scooter. This will take you to about 3 meters deep in the ocean but you and your partner will not get your heads (and hair!) wet and get to talk about all the cool stuff you see under water. It lasts approx. 30 minutes and we only wish it lasted longer. Continue reading

Cape Town – a different side of Africa

If you have never been to Cape Town you need to get it on your list fast! It quickly became one of our favorite places, there is so much variety here. Preconceived notions aside Cape Town just does not fit into the typical African image that normally comes to mind. You know, the earth tones and long desert landscapes. It is just the opposite: mountains, green scenery, beautiful beaches of white sand and clear blue waters, wine farms and a beautiful coast line.

I cannot say what my favorite thing to do there was but I can say that this mix is what makes it such a special place.

If you get the chance to go there we suggest that you first take the cable car up to the top of the Table Mountain. From here you will have a 360 view of Cape Town and the region around it. Table Mountain has this name because it is totally flat when seen from below and when the clouds come over the mountain it looks just like a table cloth, check the photos below. If you are the most adventurous type you can also hike to the top of the table mountain instead of taking the cable car and also do some climbing. Continue reading