Monthly Archives: April 2013

Discovering Portugal (2)

Although only the walks and towers remain from the original structure, Linhares Castle was classified as a National Monument in 1922. Sitting on a cliff northeast of the Serra da Estrela region, overlooking the Mondego Valley in an area said … Continue reading

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Discovering Portugal (1)

Heading southeast from the seaside town of Esposende we now call home, our first stop was Celorico da Beira, specifically Solar de Queijo, famous for cheese, sausages, wine, and honey. Of course we tasted and made a purchase; what else … Continue reading

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Portugal: Treasure Trove for Travelers

In an area about the size of the state of Maine, Portugal offers remarkable divergence of topography. We live in the north of the country, on virtually the same latitude as my hometown of New York City (41.5 vs. 40.7). … Continue reading

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Ant That a Shame

I’ve recently come to see ants as more than picnic pests, and maybe not so pesky at that. Let’s face it: if we leave sticky peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cookies out for hours, it becomes fair game. (Don’t … Continue reading

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