Category Archives: Europe

Miles and smiles around the Emerald Isle

Traveling Ireland’s back roads is like joining a big, raucous family on a lengthy vacation in a camper van. It’s tons of fun, relaxing and exhausting, and the pace and unpredictability demands that you pay attention amid the chaos and laughter. Our three-week stay on the Emerald Isle gave us a long look at the people, places and customs of […]

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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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