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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 […]

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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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Annyung haseyo! Konichiwa! Bom dia! Two weeks in Korea & Japan have come & gone ( and my vocab is still no more impressive than hello and thank you :/) and now I’m in the home of port & Potugal’s 2nd largest city: Porto.  I hope to check in on the blog from time to […]

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