I just completed my first trip outside of Portugal since my move to Lisbon. It’s also my first “international” trip after the start of this pandemic. I was super excited, yet nervous about being in a crowded space – airports, airplanes, trains, restaurants & concert venues, you name it – In the end, my fear was overcome by the great yearning to travel, to be in some place else. So there I went.Continue reading “Arrival in Munich”
Queluz National Palace is located in the city of Queluz, midway between Lisbon and Sintra on the Linha de Sintra railway line, making it an easy day trip from Lisbon.Continue reading “Lisbon Day Trip: Queluz National Palace”
You know you are with the right travel companions when after a trip, no only you still talk to one another, your friendship strengthens.
To be honest our week-long trip to the Algarve and Alentejo wasn’t entirely incident free – First, on the day of the departure, our Airbnb host cancelled our accommondation; Then we smoked the clutch on our manual rental car at one of the longest bridges in Europe; Thirdly we encountered a wildfire outburst, as soon as we reached the Algarve, near Monchique, it burned all night long, even spread to Portimão; Finally, just as we thought it wouldn’t get any worse, we scratched the side of our car making a tight turn in the medieval street of Estremoz Castle – Thank you American Express Platnium card!Continue reading “Algarve, Portugal”
Last week we went for an “immersive experience” called Lisbon Legends – a 360º multimedia show that takes us through the legends and historical episodes of Lisbon’s 7 hills – inside the ruins of the Carmo Convent, a 14th century Gothic style convent destroyed by the 1755 earthquake.Continue reading “Lisbon Legends”
At the end of May, we made a day trip to Arrábida Natural Park on the Setúbal Peninsula.
We started the day with a visit to the Palmela Castle.Continue reading “Arrábida Natural Park, Portugal”
During the May holiday, we made a road trip to Aveiro – a city about two thirds on the way from Lisbon to Porto. One of the highlights of the trip is Museu Vista Alegre.
Vista Alegre is a high-end Portuguese porcelain manufacturer. If you’ve been to Lisbon, you are likely to come across its shop in the heart of the Chiado district.
The Vista Alegre Mussum is located in the city of Ílhavo, about 15 minutes by car from Aveiro.
The museum is in the old Vista Alegre factory building, alongside a small chapelContinue reading “Vista Alegre Museum & Aveiro, Portugal”
Nazaré is known for giant breaking waves. It is there several world surfing records were broken.
Just how big the waves can get? Here’s a “historic” one on Ocotober 29th, 2020:Continue reading “Nazaré, Portugal”
What’s in common between Ericeira and Nazaré is the sport of surfing. Ericeira is home to Portugal’s first and largest surfing club, while Nazaré is known for its high breaking waves due to the underwater canyon.
But…that’s not why we stopped at Ericeira on our May Day road trip to Nazaré.Continue reading “Ericeira, Portugal”
Storm Francis landed on the coastal village of Waterville precisely at 2100 hour, according to forecast. Throughout the night, the wind roared, the ocean raged, the roof rattled, I slept like a baby.Continue reading “The Skellig Ring”