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11
Feb
2017

lisboa: palácio da ajuda

Portugal, Lisboa, Palácio da Ajuda

When Pope Alexander III officially recognized Afonso Henriques as king in 1179, Portugal joined other prestigious royal houses in Europe. Dynasties would come & go—with several tragedies in between—but royalty ruled until the establishment of Portugal’s first republic in 1910. That span of 731 years gave Portugal much of its modern-day national heritage; however, unlike other European countries, royal palaces are not part of the main tourist circuit. Why not?

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09
Jan
2017

christmas in sevilla

Spain, España, Christmas, Navidad, Sevilla

For most of the world, Christmas was over two weeks ago… ah, but not for me. Spain is one of several countries that celebrate Epiphany in a big way. That’s when the Three Wise Men, the Magi or los Reyes Magos arrived in Bethlehem to pay their respects & give gifts to Jesus. Although I’ve spent tons of time in Spain over the past 17 years, I haven’t been here for Christmas since 1998. Seems like a special event happened almost every day! I’m thrilled we’re back to normal now, & maybe a timeline of events will help explain why this year the holidays wore me out.

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05
Jan
2017

2016: year in review

year in review, 2016

It’s back! As always, I write this for personal reasons, but you’re welcome to revisit the past year with me. Sorry about no 2015 review but believe me, some things are better left unsaid ;-) It’s all más que bien ahora.

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30
Oct
2016

recipe: sopa hervida

recipe, receta, sopa hervida, sopa hervía

My first recipe! Sopa hervida translates literally as “boiled soup”, but in reality it is more like what we would call a stuffing in the USA. Spain has invented a number of ways to use leftover bread, & these “soups” are some of the most traditional recipes in every family.

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11
Sep
2016

digital photography, 2002-2016

España, Spain, Medinaceli, 2002

… I probably don’t treat my cameras as well as I should… but they are always at hand to document where work or vacation takes me. By coincidence, I realized that I’d taken a photo today everyday since 2002. How is that possible? The fact that we can look back & see where we were at different points in our life is amazing. Probably something we’d never be able to do if cameras were still analog only. Whether I was traveling with friends, working, packing up after my mom passed away or investigating material for a new guide, these pics bring back lots of memories.

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17
Mar
2016
05
Oct
2015

buenos aires: architecture guide

In 2013, the following article appeared as a two-page spread in the Autumn/Winter edition of “Time Out: Buenos Aires”. When the editor first contacted me, the only thing running through my mind was “1400 words?!” :-) Somehow I managed to fit history, architectural styles, recommendations & current events in that limited space. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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19
Sep
2015

lisboa metro: linha vermelho tiles

Portugal, Lisboa, Metro, map, linha vermelho

Let’s continue our exploration of the Metro in the heart of the city. This was the first completely new line added to the existing Metro system, completed in 1998 to whisk visitors to & from the World Expo. A compass pointing east symbolizes the red line, at one time alternatively named the Linha do Oriente. The original section of the line—Alameda to Oriente—has been extended in both directions, & is an easy way to get from the airport to the city center…

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18
Sep
2015

lisboa metro: linha amarela tiles

Portugal, Lisboa, Metro, map, linha azul

Let’s continue our exploration of the Metro in the city center. Maybe check out the end of the aqueduct nearby or first have lunch at the fabulous, non-touristy Cervejaria Real Fábrica? Your choice. A sunflower symbolizes the yellow line, at one time alternatively named the Linha Girassol. Not many tourist sites are near this route—with the exception of the worthwhile Museu da Cidade in Campo Grande—so cars are more filled with locals & university students…

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17
Sep
2015

lisboa metro: linha azul tiles

Portugal, Lisboa, Metro, map, linha azul

Let’s continue our exploration of the Metro back at the waterfront. A seagull symbolizes the blue line, at one time alternatively named the Linha Gaivota. It is the longest of all four lines with 13.7 km of track & 18 stations. That’s a lot to cover! In my opinion, some of the best Metro tile work can be found here…

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