Category Archives: Europe

The quaint, quiet and delicious charm of Malta

Malta is like pastizzi, the country’s pastry of choice: steeped in tradition and cultural history, it boasts a unique flavor and texture created by layer upon layer of exterior with a delicious to-die-for core. This tiny Mediterranean island gave us our first taste of the delicious pastizzi (take your pick: cheese- or pea-filled; we ate both, and in abundance)…and so […]

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O Vinhaca – Oh, my goodness, what a discovery!

It’s easy to bypass O Vinhaca, a tiny restaurant tucked away at No. 53 Rua do Salvador in Lisbon’s Alfama district. Thousands do so each day as they make their way up the cobblestoned streets in Lisbon’s oldest and most historic barrio, paying little attention to the tiny, signless restaurant. They stroll past what locals call the oldest traffic sign […]

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From gorgeous to gaudy: Portugal’s Algarve coast

Somewhere between Lagos and Portimao in the Algarve, the gods of natural beauty seem to have taken leave of their senses, letting the forces of kitsch, gaudiness and overdevelopment have their way with southern Portugal’s stunning countryside. How else could you explain a part of the world that boasts some of the planet’s most stunning coastlines and pristine, quiet villages […]

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Happily lost in central Portugal

Our spare phone battery quit half an hour north of Lisbon, following its brother’s death spiral as the GPS sucked energy from our cell phone like Donald Trump drains reason from the presidential campaign. So there we were, driving on the A1 in search of a town no one we encountered had heard of, directionless, mapless and, importantly, clueless. “This […]

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