Exploring In and Around Lisbon

When planning our itinerary for our Viking River Cruise in Portugal's Douro River we knew we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity of being in Lisbon, even if it was for just a few days. (We had a cat and an RV being watched by my parents so we couldn't stay forever...even if we wanted to!).  We flew in one day before our Viking itinerary began and stayed three days after the cruise … [Read more...]

Viking River Cruises – Cruising Portugal Douro Valley

[I was invited to experience Viking River Cruises. I chose Portugal’s Douro Valley. My airfare and cruise were paid for. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own, always are and always will be.] Vine roots in Portugal's Douro Region grow deep. Driving into the rock and soil taking hold as deep as 30 feet. I imagine like most roots, they … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #21 – Lisbon/Phoenix

Oh wow! Did a whole week go by without a new blog post? Guess I was having too much fun in Portugal! The [sponsored] Viking River Cruise on the Douro could not have been a better choice. This region is stunningly beautiful and mass tourism hasn't reached the sleepy villages spoiling the simple, hard-working wine culture that was established here centuries ago. Blog posts on my trip and the … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #20 – Douro River, Portugal

Last week I wrote from Lisbon where we spent a couple of days visiting the city prior to our Viking River Cruise. (More on this sponsored trip in upcoming posts.) Since Saturday we’ve been on the boat exploring the Douro River region of Portugal, wine, porto and all. It’s been energizing to learn so much history of a country I am connected. I know so much about other parts of Western Europe, … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #19 – Portugal

We left Yellowstone National Park.  Best. Week. Ever. We made a mad sprint for Phoenix.  Left the RV. Left the cat. We flew to Lisbon to embark on our Duoro River Cruise. I am eating my way through Portugal. More next week! You can keep up on the real time adventures on Instagram. RV Q&A Thanks to everyone who completed my annual reader survey! (I'm still collecting responses … [Read more...]

Journy to Lisbon

I've written before about my Portuguese heritage, mainly when it comes to food (as usual). I had the opportunity to visit Portugal with my family in 1989 or 1990 (the memory is slipping) when we spent time in the coastal resort, Cascais. I remember the octopus mainly (of course). Mr. Misadventures and I have planned several trips to Portugal, only to change to another location, one time Kyoto, … [Read more...]

Costa Vicentina: the ideal destination for a nature-filled family break

If you are an active family who loves nothing more than exploring the great outdoors on your holidays together, Costa Vicentina in Portugal could be the ideal destination for you to choose for your next break. This section of the Portuguese coast is undeveloped, which means there's lots of beautiful scenery and fascinating nature to see. One of the best ways to discover the Costa Vicentina is … [Read more...]

How to order a coffee in Portugal

In Portugal, coffeehouses and pastry shops are an institution, not only for the specialties they serve but also for their history and decoration.  And like many other metropolitan cities they once were the favourite haunt of some of the most famous literary figures in history. The Portuguese are very serious about their coffee and buy only top quality. So a good idea for people staying in … [Read more...]

The tradition of Bacalhau

When we think of traditional dishes from Portugal, no doubt we think of cod (bacalhau in Portuguese). Roasted, baked, boiled or fried, the Portuguese say they have 365 cod recipes, one for every day of the year. The great Portuguese singer Amalia Rodrigues said it best: Cheira bem, Cheira a Lisboa (Smells good, smells of Lisbon), and that’s because the capital of Portugal smells of tradition, … [Read more...]

Codfish in Lisbon, a must-try!

Portuguese cuisine is rich and varied due to the colonial past of Portugal. Many types of spices are used to make the dishes as tasty as can be: cinnamon, saffron, the piripiri to only name a few. The Portuguese are masters in preparing both meat and seafood, but personally I prefer the latter as I’m fond of the omnipresent codfish-bacalhau, in any of its variations. According to Wikipedia … [Read more...]