Palmela Castle and surrounding countryside. One of the best day trips from Lisbon Portugal

Lisbon, the World’s Leading City Break Destination in 2017, is in an extremely fortunate position. Not only is it a fascinating riverside city, it’s also within spitting distance of stunningly beautiful beaches, natural parks, medieval castle towns, distinct wine regions and historical sights. Make time in your Portugal itinerary forRead More →

Tasting room at Quinta do Piloto winery

If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting Portuguese wines yet, you’re in for a treat and some surprises. There are several wineries near Lisbon so you don’t have to travel far to do a wine tour and tasting session in a special setting. Showing true dedication to you, dear reader, I’veRead More →

Lisbon neighbourhoods GPS audio-guided walking tour

I’ve been hinting at a Lisbon walking tour for a while and it’s finally ready! My GPS-activated audio walking tour of Lisbon is now available via the VoiceMap app. Thanks to VoiceMap’s innovative GPS-triggered technology, I can guide you virtually around some of Lisbon’s most beautiful squares and viewing spots and share tales of the revolution, earthquake,Read More →

“The Arrival”, metro art azulejos at Restauradores metro station in Lisbon

If you’re wondering what to do in Lisbon when the weather’s not so great, get yourself a metro ticket and check out the city’s extensive network of metro art. Lisbon metro art Artist Maria Keil began decorating the city’s underground train stations in 1957 and over the following 25 years, sheRead More →

Alegria HippoTrip vehicle

“Hippo! Hippo!” Whenever Ana, the HippoTrip ‘animator’, yelled this, our job was to raise our hands and whoop with excitement. We were on board Alegria, one of HippoTrip’s brightly painted amphibious vehicles, about to tour the city of Lisbon. The HippoTrip experience I was curious about this novel Lisbon tour, which combines a commentated driveRead More →

For my Lisbon cooking class the chef, Patrícia, gave me the choice between learning how to make a bacalhau (salted cod) dish or polvo à lagareiro (baked octopus). The decision was easy. Bacalhau may have been first choice for many Portuguese people but I’ve been in love with octopus ever since I movedRead More →