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The Anatomy of the Perfect Tour Guide
December 6, 2011
The Anatomy of the Perfect Tour Guide

I’ve had a good number of guides over the years. Most were pretty good, just a few were bad and some stood out as excellent. I have bad news for all of you: you have all been outclassed. Don’t take it too hard. It turns out that the perfect tour guide has almost 50 years […]

3 Oddities in Lisbon, Portugal
September 23, 2011
3 Oddities in Lisbon, Portugal

This may sound strange, but I think that many places earn their charm from certain oddities. They range from myths and stories you hear about people living there or strange names, rules, laws etc. It is not any different in the city of Lisbon and before you spend a couple of days in one of […]

Chiado – A little bit of everything in Lisbon, Portugal
July 21, 2011
Chiado – A little bit of everything in Lisbon, Portugal

No matter what city you are traveling to, city trips often have similar characteristics: Seeing as many monuments as possible Going off the typical “tourist trail” Visit at least one museum Shopping Experience the nightlife And what all city travelers usually also have in common is time pressure, as the stays are often not longer […]

The Algarve – How to Leave Your Hotel
June 7, 2011
The Algarve – How to Leave Your Hotel

The Algarve is a truly beautiful setting for a holiday abroad, and with such a huge amount of great hotel accommodation on the tranquil coastline, you can often feel so relaxed in the warm weather and relaxed atmosphere of your hotel that it is difficult to leave! However, there are so many ways to enjoy […]

Christmas at Lisbon Airport in Portugal
December 9, 2010
Christmas at Lisbon Airport in Portugal

Employees of TAP Portugal and All Nippon Airways wish their passengers a Merry Christmas at Lisbon Airport in a very unique way.

Bones Chapel – Capela dos Ossos in Evora, Portugal
October 22, 2010
Bones Chapel – Capela dos Ossos in Evora, Portugal

The Capela dos Ossos, also known as the Bones Chapel, is a small chapel next to the Church of St. Francis in Evora, Portugal. Built by Franciscan monks to serve as a reminder of life’s short-lived nature, the walls and pillars of the chapel are decorated with carefully arranged human bones and skulls that are […]

Pico Island – A Romantic Haven for Lovers
July 7, 2010
Pico Island – A Romantic Haven for Lovers

Imagine with me, if you will, that you arrive with your better half on the island of Pico after a short, turboprop flight. In a breeze, you are in and out of the little airport. You pick up a rental car with no hassle. There are few cars on the roads and the drive is […]

Travel Photo – Ribeira Grande, Azores Islands
June 19, 2010
Travel Photo – Ribeira Grande, Azores Islands

Eighteen kilometers northeast of Ponta Delgada, lies the small town of Ribeira Grande on the Azorean island of Sao Miguel. Picturesquely located on a volcanic plateau above the sea, the town’s charming municipal garden is home to some magnificent specimens of the New Zealand Christmas tree.

Faces of the Azores – A Photo Essay
June 16, 2010
Faces of the Azores – A Photo Essay

What really struck me about the Azores, as much as its beauty, were its people. The people in the Azores are, by and large, a very friendly and kind population who actually like Americans (especially from New England). I counted 60 plus pictures of people of whom I asked to take their photo. While I […]

Terceira’s Imperios of the Holy Spirit
June 10, 2010
Terceira’s Imperios of the Holy Spirit

In sharp contrast to the Azores’ pale white parishes, the colorful imperios (theaters which are dedicated to the Holy Spirit) demand your attention with their bright embellishments and unique architecture. Imperios dating back as far as the late nineteenth century are scattered throughout the island, totaling 68 in all. Each of the imperios includes a […]

Wellness Travel on the Island of Pico – Azores
June 9, 2010
Wellness Travel on the Island of Pico – Azores

During a recent stay at the Aldeia da Fonte Hotel, on the island of Pico in the Azores, I had the opportunity to sit down and have dinner with the hotel’s owners, Dr. Antonio Simas and his lovely wife Sonia. Both impressed me deeply with not only their knowledge of human wellness, but also the […]

Pico Island for Foodies
June 6, 2010
Pico Island for Foodies

Every now and again I get to have seafood plucked fresh from the sea. I live in Colorado now, so it only happens when I travel. Fortunately, it happened today. We were down at the dock in Sao Rogue do Pico in the Azores and I saw some locals popping little shells off the concrete […]