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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Caldo Verde

Our first trip to Portugal was condensed into only six days, not nearly enough time to see and taste all there is. Some of the highlights included pasteis de nata, grilled octopus, and caldo verde. Since I am not brave enough to attempt recreating the first two, I ventured in making caldo verde upon my return to the U.S. Continue reading “Caldo Verde”

Greetings from uncle Dracula

I hate to burst your bubble but what you may know as Dracula’s Castle is called Bran Castle and it wasn’t in fact his… Although born in Transylvania, in Sighishoara, Vlad was the ruler of Walachia, a territory south of Transylvania at various times from 1456-1462. Like most people in the area back then, Vlad was involved in fighting the Ottomans – and was effective at it – but he didn’t actually live in Bran Castle.  Continue reading “Greetings from uncle Dracula”

Brasov and Schei – a walk through history

While our friends Ben and Linda took a trip to visit Sighisoara, Dracula’s birth place and an exquisite medieval town, and Peles Castle, another stunning objective, my husband and I took another relaxing walk through downtown Brasov and the old neighborhood of Schei, taking in all the beautiful views and appetizing smells coming from the bakeries along the way. Continue reading “Brasov and Schei – a walk through history”

Home, sweet home: Brasov

Our private chauffeur from M&M Express arrived promptly at 9 a.m. and we were ready to go HOME, to beautiful Brasov, Romania. Continue reading “Home, sweet home: Brasov”