Enchanting Évora
Evora panorama

Enchanting Évora

In Brief: For all the notable highlights of the city, we were seduced more by its overall ambiance, absorbed through ambling, idling in plazas, and sipping Alentejo wine. The charm of Évora, a World Heritage…

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Finding Heaven and Earth in Évora
Cartuxa monastery portal

Finding Heaven and Earth in Évora

In Brief: You feel the tug of heavenly thoughts and earthly concerns across the town of Évora. The Se, or Cathedral Evora’s imposing Cathedral sits at the center of this World Heritage city atop its…

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Stoned in the Alentejo
Dolmen of Zambujeiro

Stoned in the Alentejo

Halfway to Spain from Lisbon, we explored some of the best Neolithic sites around – an ancient way to get stoned. It had been a long, long time since we did a tourist visit anywhere.…

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Up and over Lisbon
Along the trail, Monsanto

Up and over Lisbon

Parque Florestal de Monsanto may not be the most challenging peak in the area. Along the trail, Monsanto But our measurement of its climb at 120 meters or so, makes it a higher altitude within…

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Weaving a new life in Lisbon
Our dining group -1

Weaving a new life in Lisbon

We are not new to Portugal. We are, however, new to making a life here for a year or two. So we face the usual start-up questions and dilemmas. Where do we go to buy…

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Shukrun back to our Jordanian family
Hosam & Hoda

Shukrun back to our Jordanian family

Though muted this year, Jordan’s spring celebration of Ramadan demonstrated fully the admirable qualities of its people: charitable, family-oriented, pious, learned and full of good humor. Our extended stay let us see all these qualities…

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On tour again at Qasr al Abd
Qasr al Abd villa

On tour again at Qasr al Abd

It felt so good to be touring once more. After 3 full months of restrictions, lockdowns and curfews in Jordan – plus a few stumbles on arranging a car rental – we were freed to…

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Outlasting Covid-19: a Jordan journal-16
Jordan protects itself well (Image from Roya-TV)

Outlasting Covid-19: a Jordan journal-16

Jordan's recovery: The power of just one After over a week when Jordan reported no new internal cases of covid-19, and many of the limitations of lockdown were lifted, suddenly the statistics looked bad –…

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