Category Archives: Europe

Tips on winter travel in Iceland

“I don’t know why people come to Iceland in this weather!” our car rental mechanic exclaimed when we were forced to take our car in for an emergency service on the 2nd day of the trip. The plastic underside of our Toyota RAV4 was hanging onto the car for dear life, scraping the pavement as we drove while collecting…

See, eat, stay: Reykjavik

For a city that is reputed for late night parties, Reykjavik has a pretty relaxed and dignified vibe to it.  Iceland’s capital is easily walkable and depending on where you are you can get a panoramic view of the North Atlantic Ocean along with the snow capped mountain behind it. We based ourselves in Reykjavik for three out…

Postcards from a wintry Iceland

Our recent long weekend trip to Iceland could be regarded as a failure. The land of fire and ice has been a long standing destination on my hit list, mainly for the chance to see the rhythmic dancing green of the Northern lights. It turns out we arrived just in time to experience a windstorm so severe that

2014 highlights

As this year is ending, many of us are looking forward to what 2015 brings.  I’ve been busy using my new nifty Day Designer to plan out goals and intentions for the new year.  But it is a little bittersweet for me to say goodbye to one of the best years I’ve ever had.  

Behind the scenes: Portugal food tour

Over the last few posts I shared some of my thoughts on Portugal’s food, people and culture.  For the last of the Portugal Food Stories series, I thought it’s time to introduce you to the people who experienced the trip with me and some behind the scenes fun.

Photo essay: Paço de Calheiros

A night’s stay in a 12th century manor on the hills overlooking Ponte de Lima was a great introduction to Portugal and its history.  I’ve mentioned Paço de Calheiros in this previous post about the small producers of Portugal.  On Count Calheiros’ property, he produces vinho verde wine, marmalade and olive oil; he also opens up his home…

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