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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Dutch Treats: Rembrandt and Jackman
Rembrandt as an apostle

Dutch Treats: Rembrandt and Jackman

Beyond walking and boating around Amsterdam, we dived into several museums, including the Rijksmuseum and the splendid van Gogh collection. And for something completely different, a stellar performance by Hugh Jackman at the city’s Ziggo…

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By lane, by canal: moving about Amsterdam
Sun-lit canal, Amsterdam

By lane, by canal: moving about Amsterdam

Amsterdam by foot, as many of you know, displays a charming cityscape of brick buildings in various hues of red and various harmonious styles dating back to the 17th century. The central city was endlessly…

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Circling Iceland: The North
Kolugljufur waterfall

Circling Iceland: The North

Here are some of the things we enjoyed around this spectacular country…in three geographical regions. Secondly, the north, which we felt represented Iceland in microcosm and was a good area to explore if you have…

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