Central and West Algarve – pros and cons

The southernmost tip of Portugal, the Algarve has 96 miles of a spectacular coastline on the Atlantic, and a culture and scenery very different from the rest of the country. With a mild year-round weather, warm sea waters, rich history, culinary and traditions – with  low prices – the region has seen international tourism replace agriculture and fishing recently, since an international airport was opened … Continue reading Central and West Algarve – pros and cons

The East Algarve: what to see and what to pass

The Moors of North Africa – Muslims who for centuries occupied the region – called it Al-Garb (hence Algarve), the gateway to their possessions in Portugal and Spain. Portugal’s southernmost region, an area of 1,929 sq miles, with 96 miles of coastline on the Atlantic and year-round mild climate, is also where some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe are found – in 2017 … Continue reading The East Algarve: what to see and what to pass

Rio and beauty

Rio’s beauty dazzles us even before we land at Galeão airport. From the air, this Brazilian city of 8 million people looks spectacular – the blue waters of the Atlantic shining under the intense tropical sun, the white sand of the coastline contrasting with the lush green mountains, and – on top of the highest peak – a colossal statue of Christ, the Corcovado, blessing … Continue reading Rio and beauty

The princess who wouldn’t be queen

Few countries have a history as rich as Portugal’s, even fewer are home to such unique cultural traditions. A superpower in the 15th and 16th centuries – thanks to the wealth brought by colonies around the world – Portugal erected some of the most magnificent palaces, churches and monasteries of Europe. The Portuguese people also have the oldest nation-state in Europe – with the same … Continue reading The princess who wouldn’t be queen

Tango in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world – cosmopolitan, charming, with world-class hotels, restaurants and shopping, it is where the South American culture meets its European roots. Buenos Aires also offers the same cultural variety of cities like London, New York or Paris – for a fraction of the cost. The exchange rate (as of November, 2008) was 3 Argentine pesos … Continue reading Tango in Buenos Aires