Lyon and Grenoble, France

Finally made it to Lyon after three attempts — thank you COVID-19. EasyJet decided to change my return flight prior to leaving Faro, enabling me to extend my adventure several days and take a trip to Grenoble. I’m going to mostly write in real time; it’s easier on the ol’ noggin and I can post… Continue reading Lyon and Grenoble, France

Stockholm, Sweden

Or as my friend David describes it: The Venice of the North Ten years ago, a friend of mine and I rented a car and drove from Oslo to Copenhagen. Having spent just one night in Stockholm, it seemed like the right time for a longer visit. The country has had relaxed COVID-19 restrictions from… Continue reading Stockholm, Sweden

Vila Real de Santo António

A gem on the southernmost border of Portugal and Spain Please keep in mind, my travelogues are more about sharing highlights than telling you what not to do. I have happily lived in the Algarve for 3 1/2 years now. I have only visited Vila Real de Santo António once and that was for a… Continue reading Vila Real de Santo António

São Miguel Island, Azores

I’m getting a bit of flack for traveling during a pandemic, but there are some advantages and I believe in freedom to choose (if the law allows): The airplanes I’ve travelled on have only been about a third full and studies have shown the air filtration systems are safer than if you go into a… Continue reading São Miguel Island, Azores

The Lessons We Learn

Or Choose to Ignore A break from someone will either help you realize how much you truly miss/love them or how much peace you have without them. Saw this on Instagram this week It’s been a year since the start of this pandemic. Hard to believe that much time has passed because to many of… Continue reading The Lessons We Learn

Living Abroad — Reblog w/Updates

A bit about “my truth” as well. I bought this authentic Gabbeh (Turkey) rug on the Facebook Marketplace this week. I made a little adventure out of retrieving it. It’s a funny thing about a rug, I think you have to live with it awhile to learn to appreciate it. Paco liked it right from… Continue reading Living Abroad — Reblog w/Updates

A 2020 Update On Life In Portugal

I wrote a blog about moving to Portugal three weeks into my relocation (May 2018) and thought it would be fun to make some revisions and add new observations (as updates): Update: It is no longer true that Hotel Faro is my favorite spot in town for a cocktail. I’ve discovered Columbus Cocktail & Wine… Continue reading A 2020 Update On Life In Portugal

Portuguese Wine Country: Alentejo in All Its Splendor

I was discussing Portugal and all there is to discover with some friends recently. We decided that this is a good time to explore some of the places we have not yet visited. COVID-19 cases are way down in Portugal. This was a fairly impulsive trip with very little planning, save for the hotel in… Continue reading Portuguese Wine Country: Alentejo in All Its Splendor

The Pros & Cons of COVID-19 Travel

I’m feeling a bit anxious about writing this piece. Whether or not to travel at this time is a highly subjective decision. Most governments are imposing COVID-19 travel restrictions that are somewhat ambiguous and I believe that is intentional. Human lives versus economic collapse: this is an impossible conundrum. Add to that the “Unknown” factor… Continue reading The Pros & Cons of COVID-19 Travel