What to Buy in Portugal 30 Souvenirs and Gifts

Oct 2022

No international trip is complete without a bit of shopping. Fortunately for me, Portugal souvenirs are plentiful, unique and handmade. Keeping it local is easy when you know what to buy in Portugal.

Tinned fish bordered by Portuguese tiles

I hold my personal shopping to a minimum while living an eco-friendly lifestyle. However, the consumer in me is a gift-giver. When I’m on the road, finding unique presents brings me joy! Buying souvenirs in Portugal is one part cultural event, one part eating and drinking and one part lure of discovery. All parts keep tourism dollars in the local economy.

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Scenic Day Trips from Cordoba Spain

Aug 2022

Córdoba, the southern Spain charmer, has an abundance of Byzantine and Moorish sites from the Middle Ages. Visitors who have tasted this living piece of history will no doubt want to explore further. With options for all types of travelers, venture deeper with these easy and fun day trips from Cordoba, Spain.

woman looking out castle windows into landscape in Spain

You’ve explored the mosque/cathedral, visited UNESCO World Heritage sites and tickled your taste buds in the city, but are craving more of seductive Cordoba. Blessed with both man made and natural wonders, the heart of Andalusia is an excellent region for both active and tasty adventures. Take a sip of liquid gold, climb ancient castles to look out over olive groves that lead to hiking trails through dramatic limestone mountains. Are you ready to explore some of the best day trips from Cordoba?

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25 Fabulous Things To Do in Cordoba Spain

Aug 2022

Are you planning a trip to Spain? The City of Three Cultures, should be at the top of your list. On a recent visit, I discovered a wealth of things to do in Cordoba. In fact, I also found the most inspirational building in all of Europe!

Medieval palace with flowers and fountains Cordoba Alcazar

Tucked into the heart of Andalusia, Córdoba receives less tourists than its more famous neighbors of Seville and Granada. Located in stunning southern Spain, this city’s hidden treasures are numerous, just waiting to be discovered.

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Inside Petra Jordan’s Rose City

Apr 2022

Exploring inside Petra has been a bucket list goal for as long as I can remember. For some, the City of Petra is unfamiliar – but for history buffs and  fans of Indiana Jones and The Lost Crusade, images of Petra will be instantly recognizable. This stunning ruin, carved into sandstone is hidden in a valley, surrounded by mountains.

The Monastery with blue sky and flowers in Petra Jordan

Petra is a wonder of the world that will leave you speechless as you marvel at the astonishing carvings. In 1985 it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The infamous movie in 1989 put the Rose City on the map of international tourism.

Take a journey with me. The confluence of culture, archeology and natural wonder awaits inside Petra. Learn a little more about how it came to be and discover how best to experience it.

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2022 Nantucket Daffodil Festival Welcomes Spring

Mar 2022

When the sun is shining and blooms are bursting in New England, it’s a sure sign the annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival is not far away. Flower Power lives on as more than 3 million narcissus planted on the Grey Lady come alive in shades of sunshine for this harbinger of spring.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival car decorated with flowers

The 4th weekend in April heralds the season opener for the island in 2022. I can’t think of another place I’d rather be to welcome the end of winter.  Nantucket is found off the coast of Cape Cod, thirty miles out to sea. Rumor has it that Mother Nature is supposed to give New England the gift of beautiful skies in the days ahead, a perfect excuse to get Daffy and put on your yellow dancing shoes!