Ciao, bella Italia (Capri, Blue Grotto)

Capri, the land of winged sirens, as mythology will have it, is a truly magical and mesmerizing place. A short boat ride away from Sorrento (30 min.), Capri welcomes visitors with spectacular views, yet friendly surroundings. Continue reading “Ciao, bella Italia (Capri, Blue Grotto)”

Cheers from Porto

Porto welcomed us with mild weather and a comfortable apartment overlooking Rua das Fontainhas. The spacious and bright AirBnB accommodation was cozy, and our host
Eugenia went out of her way to provide us with information about all there was to see and taste in their great hometown. Although Eugenia’s husband didn’t speak any English, he showed us a beautiful picture book of the city and proudly conveyed to us that the painting of the boats at sunset displayed in our room was one we could find in the book. We toasted with port wine alongside cherry chocolates, and prepared for a nice time in the city by Duoro River.

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Romanian Christmas Traditions

If I were in my childhood’s Romania, winter and the holidays would be the best time of the year. I remember the anticipation of the first snow and how as soon as we saw the white flakes start falling, our attention would shift from the classroom to the window. Our teachers’ best choice was to let us go outside and enjoy it. The snow would start falling sometime in late fall and keep piling up through the winter, blanketing everything in fluffy and sparkly white coat.

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Castles and Seafood: Sintra and Cascais, Portugal

Sintra and Cascais are two places close by Lisbon that everyone visiting Portugal should see! We were enchanted by the beauty of the castles we visited and refreshed by the crisp air in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, perched high above the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading “Castles and Seafood: Sintra and Cascais, Portugal”