The Gauchos of South America

In a world dominated by computers and technology, the Gauchos of South America stand almost alone for their success in keeping their traditions alive, despite frenetic globalization.      The Gauchos flourished from the mid-18th to the mid 19th centuries in the region known as the Pampas, a vast portion of grasslands that stretches from southern Brazil to Argentina and Uruguay. They could be white, … Continue reading The Gauchos of South America

Summer in NYC – the bad and the good

What we call New York City is actually five distinct boroughs – Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. But for the purpose of this post, let’s focus on Manhattan, since most tourists limit their visits to it. I just got back to Florida after a few days in NYC, and the city was sizzling! Summers can be brutal in New York, and when … Continue reading Summer in NYC – the bad and the good

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