Category Archives: Europe

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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Big wheels in the used two-wheel business

“Men’s Giant mountain bike,” read the advertisement. “65 GBP ($100.) Recently overhauled and in good shape. Many others for sale.” Hmmm… In the hunt for a bike to ride while we’re in England but mentally ticking the “too good to be true” box on this one, I was prepared to move on in my search, probing the Gumtree website and the […]

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