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Olive Oil Rivers and Almonds in Port

On the days I toured the Douro Valley the weather was fine and the river often looked a rich green – like olive oil. The Port I sampled was smooth with complex fruity flavors that evolved in my mouth and lingered to, on one occasion, a spectacular almond finish. While the Duoro Valley receives its share of tourists, most go because they love Port. It is the region where Port was created. But with such natural beauty and new restaurants […]

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Porto – rich in color, history and yes, Port.

It may be the second largest city in Portugal and also second to Lisbon in terms of fame but Porto surely deserves equal billing for its beauty and culture and as an entrance way to the wonderful Douro valley.The city was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. It is reputed to be city from which Portugal got its name and is definitely the city from which Port wine got its name.For me it is the beautiful […]

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Portuguese Pastries

Bad for the waistline, good for the soul. Before we left for Lisbon, I had at least three different people tell me to make sure to try Portuguese baked goods.  They were good, they told me. Really good. I’m not one to pass up on a food recommendation (especially when it comes to carbs), so while in Portugal we frequented a few bakeries and sampled the treats you see above. Pasteis de nata is probably the most famous of these: […]

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Porto Photo Essay

I can’t figure out why in English some add an “O” to the front of this city’s name calling it Oporto. I know we make some proper names into easier English words like Venice from Venezia or Germanyfrom Deutschland, but never quite understood why we couldn’t just say Roma…or now, Porto. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and one of Europe’s oldest centers as it was an outpost of the Roman Empire in the 4th century. It is […]

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Food in Porto – The Franchesina

Food, Glorious Food As you’ve come to know, my type of travel is usually all about getting from one place to eat to the next. It’s all about connecting the dots, the restaurant dots.  I see some stuff.  I eat.  I see some more.  I stop at a café.  Food and travel, to me, are one and the same.  You can tell so much about a culture from its food – in fact I would say that food is culture […]

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Douro Valley Terraced Vineyards

Up until our recent travels into the heart of port wine country, and despite countless glasses of the stuff under my belt, I was still tempted to consider port as a heavy drink that was quaffed by older British men with a cigar after a pot roast dinner. Then we traveled deep into the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, the epicenter of port wine. And there, things opened up to me. At Quinta do Seixo we tasted white, tawny and […]

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Recipe: Port Tonics

by Rachelle Lucas One useful tidbit I learned while in Porto, is that the Portugese have many different ways of enjoying port.  In addition to sweet reds and nutty Tawny’s, there are also rose, purple, and white ports. And if that didn’t make nod your head and say, “huh!”  Then you’ll have to try a port tonic.  These sparkling sweet concoctions on ice have become my new cocktail of choice.   They were a welcome refreshment every afternoon and a pre-dinner appetizer every evening. […]

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The 12 most romantic small towns in Europe

by World of Wanderlust In need of a little romance away from the bustling crowds, city lights and sounds? Head to one of these romantic small towns in Europe for a holiday you (and your partner) will never forget…   1. Brugge, Belgium Brugges is often cited as Europe’s most romantic little town – and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you visit in Summer or Winter (or in between), its impossible not to fall in love with effortlessly romantic […]

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