Category: Europe

The BIG MAC and ART DECO converge in a unique setting, in Porto, Portugal.

The BIG MAC and ART DECO converge in a unique setting, in Porto, Portugal.

Are the ghosts of the art deco Cafe Imperial at peace with the fast-food giant McDonald’s, now occupying its former space on Avenida dos Aliados in Porto, Portugal? This ornate recently restored mansion is located in central Porto on Placa da Liberdade on the elegant Avenida dos Aliados, a street lined with beaux-arts and Neoclassical […]

GINJINHA – Lisbon’s inimitable cherry liqueur.

GINJINHA – Lisbon’s inimitable cherry liqueur.

GINGINHA – THE LOCAL FIX Waking up in the morning in Lisbon, I would open the double doors leading to the balcony and be mesmerized by the panorama that stretched down into the valleys and up into the hills again, above the orange tiled rooftops and out across the city of Lisbon. It was one […]

RUA GARRETT, ONE OF LISBON’S FINEST SHOPPING STREETS.

RUA GARRETT, ONE OF LISBON’S FINEST SHOPPING STREETS.

Rua Garrett in Lisbon is among the loveliest shopping streets, with a diverse assortment of vendors and a provenance reaching back to the 1700s. Every city has at least one outstanding street of elegant shops. London’s Bond Street, Florence’s Via Tornabuoni, Paris’ Rue Saint Honore. In Lisbon, it is the Rua Garrett. This is an […]

A TUK-TUK TOUR  of LISBON.

A TUK-TUK TOUR of LISBON.

Statue of Pedro 1V,  Rossio Square Cobblestone design, Rossio Square A TUK-TUK TOUR of  LISBON — The Most Fun You Can Have on Three Wheels Lisbon is in the midst of a resurgence after years of dormancy that has attracted a rush of tourists, eager to be part of this hip and happening city. Laid […]

A perfect holiday destination – THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL.

A perfect holiday destination – THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL.

The Algrave The Algarve is the  Southwestern tip of Europe surrounded on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and separated from Europe by the Spanish Border.  It has 100 miles of coastline,  soaring cliffs, golden beaches with pounding surf or gentle waves and endless sunshine.  It is a mix of whitewashed villages, Medieval Castle Towns, […]