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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.  

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Is there anything better than waking up to the sound of crashing waves?  On the last leg of our 2 week honeymoon in Japan & South Korea, Mark & I spent 4 days in Busan’s Paradise Hotel situated right on Haeundae Beach.  It was the perfect place to cap off an aggressive itinerary that included visits to Seoul, […]

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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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We drove through the vast and varying landscapes of Alentejo, the south-central region of Portugal, to reach Convento do Espinheiro, our hotel for the evening.  Originally a convent built by monks in the 15th century & frequently visited by Portuguese monarchs in its heyday, the Convento do Espinheiro was later renovated into a luxury hotel that caters to […]

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