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Travel Tip: Portugal’s Solares – Historic Mansions to Live In

From Blogger Pictures Calheiros by Wendie Hansen One of Portugal’s greatest gifts (other than its wine) is its vibrant Solares de Portugal (“houses of family heritage), an unique way to see a country still far from the often homogenized destinations of Central Europe. Rather unknown by North Americans, these are Portugal’s historic family homes, the manors, cottages and mini-palaces open ... Read More »

Treats of the Middle East: Arab-Yankee Fusion

From Drop Box Sauteed spinach with browned onions, zaatar spice, lemon, pine nuts and topped with string cheese From Drop Box Labeneh (thickened yogurt) with olive oil, fresh mint and cucumbers From Drop Box My absolute favorite: “hummus” made from beets and of course tahini. Mint, scallions snippets and cukes. Read More »

Azores, Treasures of the Atlantic

The Azores! What else except a huge dose of tectonic magic explains the nine wayward, islands of the Azores, scattered randomly in the middle of the Atlantic. These sleeping beauties are not especially easy to get to, so they’re lightly touched by time and tourists. Nice. There is a four-hour direct flight from Boston via SATA Airways (http://www.azores-express.com/en/content/home-page), but few, ... Read More »

Travel’s Second Class Citizens: Single Parents

Travel’s Second Class Citizens Can you imagine the travel industry, limping along in this sclerotic economy, not catering to the needs of an important travel niche market: Single Parents? This travel cohort feels like second class citizens. They’re not swingers. Not looking for wild parties. They want quality vacations that let them connect with other single parents, and they want ... Read More »

Six and Seven Star Hotel Rating Inflation

Hotel Rating Inflation From Kaleel ftp etc So far no international classification for hotels exists, but that hasn’t stopped ambitious hotel marketers from slapping any number of stars, diamonds, cacti on their properties and touting them as 5 or 6 or even 7 star properties, whatever that may mean in real service and amenities. I think the ratings inflation trend ... Read More »

The Four non-Travel Travel Books I Must Have

The Four non-Travel Travel Books I Must Have From Kaleel ftp etc Old Warsaw Even as a travel writer, or especially as a travel writer, some of my deepest understandings of place, my most intense sense of “being” somewhere come neither from actually being there, or from reading a travel book about the destination. Often a novel about someone or ... Read More »

The Four non-Travel Travel Books I Need

Even as a travel writer, or especially as a travel writer, some of my deepest understandings of place, my most intense sense of “being” somewhere come neither from actually being there, or from reading a travel book about the destination. Often a novel about someone or an event creates the vividness and depth of a town or village or city ... Read More »

Bike Tours Around Europe

Bike tours around Europe, the United States and just about every where wheels can hit the road are becoming the trip of choice for the self styled traveler. From Kaleel ftp etc Tours like those offered by Tennessee’s Bike Tours Direct follow the Mozart trail in Salzburg, Austria or wind by Germany’s best wine producing regions. Bike tours don’t skimp ... Read More »

Faces I love: Central America

Travel is not really about places and things and things to see. Somehow it always comes down to the people. To the faces. I can always recall the Eiffel Tower; but I need to remember the faces that I was close to Panama, Belize,Nicaragua From Kaleel ftp etc From Kaleel ftp etc From Kaleel ftp etc www.youtube.com/travelvideo Read More »

Newfoundland: Mists, Sea and Dance

Newfoundland Mists, Sea and Dance “Give us song,” the dark-haired beauty called out from the doorway of one of the many Celtic pubs and taverns in St. John’s, Newfoundland’s upbeat capital. The young men sitting around the table smiled, and the patrons hoisted drinks and called for a song. “Give us a tune,” she laughed boldly, tossing her hair carelessly. ... Read More »

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