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

Córdoba, Spain

  Friends were visiting from the States and it was their first trip to Europe. Over the past few months we have spoken about what we might do together during their time in Portugal. It probably would have been enough for them to stay local, however, it wouldn’t have been enough for me. I wanted… Continue reading Córdoba, Spain

South Wales in August

      Not everything in life can be explained. Why I have always had a desire to see Wales is not something I can easily put into words. Not unlike my father’s birthplace in Italy, I have dangled Wales in the corners of my mind for decades; like a treat I was savoring for… Continue reading South Wales in August

Porto and the Duoro Valley

    I have to begin by admitting that it took much too long to get to Porto. When I first visited Portugal, I knew that I wanted to live in the south because I had done research on the favorable climate and the robust, affordable economy.  I concentrated on exploring areas in the south… Continue reading Porto and the Duoro Valley