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The Portuguese and Bacalhau

Sat, 17 May 2014 14:17:26 +00002014-05-17T14:17:26Z

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Vasco Amaro is the manager of Salpoente, a recent addition to the Aviero restaurant scene specializing in Codfish--bacalhau in the local lingo. His restaurant is loaded with art that makes you want to wander through with a glass of sparkling wine, weaving between animated diners and compelling modern Portuguese art crying for attention.

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Something's Fishy in Aveiro

Fri, 16 May 2014 02:03:14 +00002014-05-16T02:03:14Z

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We've left the cool blue-tile world of Porto for the town of Aveiro, the "Venice of Portugal" because, yes, a canal runs through it. Fishing and salt once provided the wealth of Aveiro, but today the town is making the transition to a cultural and tourism economy. Once used to ferry seaweed from the lagoon to farms to be used as fertilizer, Aveiro's colorful boats called moliceiros ply the waters with loads of tourists sipping the local sparkler these days.

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Old Port

Wed, 14 May 2014 02:16:41 +00002014-05-14T02:16:41Z

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One of the great things wine lovers can do on vacation is to taxi or walk over to Vila Nova de Gaia from a base in Porto to see the Port wine houses just across the river. Last night we took a little tour of Real Companhia Velha and tasted three different ports, one 40 years old. It was very young compared to some of the ancient, undisturbed bottles you see in the picture above. (You think travel journalists only take pretty pictures of Europe? Think again!)

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Getting Away From It all in Portugal

Mon, 12 May 2014 08:39:11 +00002014-05-12T08:39:11Z

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Portugal is a very popular destination right now. It offers everything from the peace, solitude, and fabulous mountain biking opportunities available in the the Schist Villages to the sun, sea and sand of the overbuilt Algarve shoreline.

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Unanswerable Travel Questions: Answered!

Sun, 11 May 2014 11:31:52 +00002014-05-11T11:31:52Z

Some of the questions Europe travel receives seem to come from another planet--but I figure interplanetary travel is better than no travel at all. What I'm thinking is that folks looking to take their their first travel planning steps into the great unknown of international travel are truly confused--so much so that they can't even fathom where to start asking a question.

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New Rome Colloseum Tours

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:07:05 +00002014-05-07T09:07:05Z

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Rome has added some interesting new ways to see the ancient wonders it's know for. After some cleaning up and shoring up, the Colosseum is ready for you. Not only can you get inside, but you can peer into the lower level under the arena floor, where gladiators waited with the caged animals they were to fight against for their place in the sun. You can also access the cheap seats, those way up where there's a better view of Rome than there is of the action. Take a peek at our virtual tour: New Colosseum Tour.




Malta Arts Festival

Tue, 06 May 2014 11:20:18 +00002014-05-06T11:20:18Z

Ever want to say you saw the first iteration of a great arts festival? Well, you have a chance. They've announced the first Malta Arts Festival to be held July 14th to August 2nd.

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Pack like a Travel Expert

Sun, 27 Apr 2014 07:22:21 +00002014-04-27T07:22:21Z

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Did you know that pretty much every professional traveler has a secret they use to pack their bags for a long vacation? Did you ever think that each of those secrets might be a little different, tailored especially for the quirks and preferences of a particular person? That's why those "One True Travel Packing Secret" articles don't exactly get it right.

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Off to Rome!

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:21:27 +00002014-04-21T02:21:27Z

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In a few hours we'll be streaking off to Roma on the Frecciabianca. We're staying in an apartment in the Prati neighborhood, northwest of the Vatican and just outside the boundaries of our Rome Map. It's a district that offers a real slice of Roman life, slightly less expensive hotels and apartments, and is a bit less convenient for excursions to Rome's center. We'll be testing and reviewing quite a few tours of Rome, including the vaunted after-hours Vatican tour. If you see us in a gigantic golf cart, slow rolling in the city, well, that's part of the deal as well.

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The Giro d'Italia Starts in Northern Ireland

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:34:42 +00002014-04-14T11:34:42Z

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This year the Giro d'Italia, the world's second biggest bike race (and the one before the Tour de France), starts in Northern Ireland. The three days they spend there will take them through 426.7km of northern Irish countryside before heading off for the region of Puglia to start the Italian part of the Giro.

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