Best Bites of 2012

Homemade pasta with white truffles

My favorite food experiences from the past year. We are already more than a week into 2013, but it feels like just yesterday I was stuffing grapes in my mouth as the clock struck midnight. After an "early" Spanish New Year's Eve disco night (we got home at 8:00 a.m. and I'm … [Read more...]

Visiting Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga, Portugal

Bom Jesus do Monte Stairs

How many people have ever secretly thought that European churches all start to resemble one another after awhile? I'll admit that I've skipped a cathedral or two in my travels, preferring instead to check out the local food market or sip a coffee at a quiet café. Not that … [Read more...]

Guimarães: The Most Romantic Nighttime City in Europe?

Oliveira Square as night falls.

If you are looking for a romantic city, a bit smaller and less touristic than Paris or Venice, you should look to Portugal. Specifically, try the Ave Valley and the small city of Guimarães. Never heard of Guimarães? Don't worry, I hadn't either, but now that I've been there I … [Read more...]

Vintage House Hotel: A Gem in the Douro Valley

Vintage house hotel

There are few times that I would go through the trouble of writing an entire post about a hotel that I didn't even sleep at, but, sometimes, a place is so perfect that it deserves a mention of its own. I'm talking about the gorgeous CS Vintage House Hotel, in the picture perfect … [Read more...]