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Photo of the Day (1-28-09)

Photo of the Day (1-28-09) Macbeth's woods where the witches toil? No, flicts captured a shot of these woods in Portugal. The hues and shadows are wonderfully alluring--ink black and almost neon blue. What is out there? What is out there? Shhhhhh. Listen. If you have an alluring shot to show off,...

Photo of the Day (12.12.08)

Photo of the Day (12.12.08) Taken in Portugal, this gorgeous sunset shot from flickr user flicts makes me hate the snow on the ground outside my house even more. I can just imagine sitting on the beach with a bottle of Portuguese Super Bock next to me, thanking God to be alive. Notice the reflections...

Photo of the Day (12.08.08)

Photo of the Day (12.08.08) I positively love this image by Flickr user t3mujin -- the composition couldn't be more perfect. Shot in Portugual, the pop of colour is breathtaking, and I love the juxtaposition of the old (the building, the cobblestone street) with the modern (the fire-engine red...

Photo of the Day (08.24.08)

Photo of the Day (08.24.08) How often has this ever happened to you? You head down to the beach and there's nobody there. It's certainly not a pleasure I get to have very often - and definitely not during this time of year. Perhaps once Labor Day passes us by. In any case, hats off to Flickr user...

Photo of the Day (8-20-08)

Photo of the Day (8-20-08) This fountain in Madeira, Portugal says summer. How great would it be to run through this on a hot day? I'm reminded of the other fountains where water arcs upwards from the ground. There's the fountain that Matt Harding of "Where the Hell is Matt?" dances in along with...

Photo of the Day (07.06.08)

Photo of the Day (07.06.08) Flickr user wesleyrosenblum has decided to let us in on a secret - Lisbon is one of the most picturesque cities on earth. This photo looks like it was taken from atop the hill that's occupied by Lisbon's Castelo São Jorge, the magnificent castle that guards this...

Photo of the Day (06/16/08)

Photo of the Day (06/16/08) What a great shot of San Francisco! The colors! Except, of course, that it is Lisbon, Portugal, as shot by t3mujin. Seriously though, tell me this doesn't look like San Francisco when you first glance at it? It is amazing how many similarities there are between Portugal...

Photo of the Day (05.17.2008)

Photo of the Day (05.17.2008) Color is always something that I am drawn to when I travel and in honor of late spring, I thought this colorful photo from Portugal needed to be featured. Dog blue manages to capture the intensity of organic hues in this Portuguese field. I love how the house in the...

Notes from Portugal: Final Note: Iron Maiden Mecca

Notes from Portugal: Final Note: Iron Maiden Mecca Can't say I'm a huge heavy metal fan, but it was cool to find out that the town we were staying in over the New Years, Santa Barbara de Nexe, Portugal, is considered the world-wide center for Iron Maiden fans. It turns out that bassist and IM founder Steve Harris started a...

Spain versus Portugal. Can we get along?

Spain versus Portugal. Can we get along? Before going to Portugal for New Year's, we were advised that we shouldn't even try to speak Spanish there. If you don't speak Portuguese, stick with English because the Portuguese don't like using Spanish, even if they speak it. I didn't realize how deep is their...

Dakar Rally, another victim of terrorism

Dakar Rally, another victim of terrorism On our way from Portugal to Madrid last week, we saw a lot of trucks on their way to Lisbon for the annual Dakar Rally (previously Paris-Dakar). Unfortunately, the next day, they got the sad news that the Dakar Rally was canceled for the first time ever, because of...

Hire a local to be your local buddy

Hire a local to be your local buddy Anyone who has ever traveled knows just how rewarding a trip can be when you meet a local who takes you under their wing. And now there is a website to ensure that this happens. For a price, of course. Like-a-Local.com specializes in hooking tourists up with locals in...

Notes from Portugal: So Faro, so good

Notes from Portugal: So Faro, so good I know, I know the Algarve isn´t the "real" Portugal. It´s the built-up touristy area in the south of the country (which is a little ironic, considering the name "Algarve" is from the phrase "the West" in Arabic). Still, you´re definitely missing something...

Notes from Portugal: Tiles from the dark side

Notes from Portugal: Tiles from the dark side On a lark, while on the road to Faro, Portugal, today we stopped in at the church in Almancil, the Church of St. Lawrence (Igreja de São Lourenço). It´s in a strange location: east of town, along a highway. St. Lawrence had the pretty ghastly martyrdom of...

Notes from Portugal: Cat Steals Chorizo, Escapes

Notes from Portugal: Cat Steals Chorizo, Escapes So far, I have enjoyed Algarve, Portugal immensely. Together with ten friends, we rented a villa overlooking the town of Santa Barbara de Nexe, which is a pretty cute town, but it is literally overrun by British tourists who own all the property. Needless to say, we have...

Notes from Portugal: Hanging Santa

Notes from Portugal: Hanging Santa I discovered that Portugal has the finest collection of hanging Santas in the world. It is always interesting to see how other nations celebrate holidays and how they decorate their homes. If only one could make psychological profiles based on people's Christmas...

Notes from Portugal: Jumbo Shopping Mess

Notes from Portugal: Jumbo Shopping Mess Visiting southern Portugal and stuck in a traffic jam? It's probably just your local JUMBO shopping mart. I´m in Faro, Portugal, finishing off the year, seeking a little warmth. Faro is a small town at the southern-most tip of Portugal. Here, it's in the 60s(F),...

Notes from Portugal: West Coast of Europe, Dude!

Notes from Portugal: West Coast of Europe, Dude! Greetings from Portugal. I am spending this week with friends in Faro, in the Algarve region of Portugal, and will undoubtedly post a few notes from here. If I can handle this internet cafe or find a new one, that is. To give you an idea, I am surrounded by about 10 men, age...

Photo of the Day (12/19/07)

Photo of the Day (12/19/07) This photo by t3mujin whose photos seem to always follow the tips offered up by Jeff Nolan, is so vivid it almost makes my eyes hurt. I love shots like these were only part of a building is shown so that the composition is artwork as well. The blue tile feature, the...

Independence days and elephants

Independence days and elephants I've whipped out my International Calendar to see what might be left to tell about November before it slips away from Eastern Standard Time in a few hours. What I see is a whole lot of independence days and a slew of other politically geared occasions. Nov....

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