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Amarante

A 45 minute drive from Porto takes you past scenes of vineyards, old churches, and into the beautiful village of…

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Azores – a week on Sao Miguel Island Day 6 – Furnas, Gorreana Tea Plantation, Ponta Formoso and Moheina beach

They say meat cooked under the earth tastes better.  The meat stew (a delicious combination of pigs ears and chicken,…

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Azores – a week on Sao Miguel Island Day 5 – Sete Cidades, Mosteiros, Ferreira

We gave in and hired a car today – smart move, SMART car, for 30 euros a day, in a…

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Azores – A week on Sao Miguel Island Days 3 and 4 – Whale Watching, Ponta Delgada, and Sao Roque

The weather in the Azores is notoriously unpredictable – there are 4 seasons in one day,  and the weather changes…

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Azores – A Week on Sao Miguel Island Day 2 – Lagoa Do Fogo and Caldeira Velha

The local panadarias in Portugal are a delight.  There’s never a need to fork out for a fancy hotel buffet,…

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Azores – A week on Sao Miguel Island Day 1 – Ponta Delgada

The compact archipelago of the Azores, specks of land in the middle of the Atlantic some 1,500km off the coast…

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Madeira Day 4 – Funchal

With a flight in the early evening, we decided to spend the last day exploring Funchal’s hills.  We strolled through…

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Madeira Day 3 – West Island tour

Organised tours are generally not my cup of tea…being herded from site to site, crushed under the hoofs of 50…

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Madeira Day 2 – East Island Tour

Luis Suarez, wearing a suit with black bowtie and a chauffeur’s hat, greeted us at the hotel and asked us…

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4 Days in Madeira Day 1 – Around Funchal

It’s wonderful when a place completely surpasses your expectations.  Every view seems sharper and more colourful, every ice-cream creamier and…

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