Monthly Archives: July 2014

Culture, Ritual, Soccer. And Coming Full Circle.


There are 2007 restaurants listed in Amsterdam on Tripadvisor. We didn’t eat at all of them but we did come full circle on our last two days. We had a very specific agenda for those days. First order of business … Continue reading

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Biking Waterland. And “The Incident.”


Wherein we leave the velocity ( or Velo-City) of Amsterdam by biking in the countryside. It took three countries and as many tries before I finally got my farmers market fix. First, enroute to Santiago de Compostela last weekend, we … Continue reading

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Saving My Life in Amsterdam.


Thursday June 19 We transition from laid back Portugal to pulsing Amsterdam. We arrive in Amsterdam to a completely different energy from our last unhurried days in the beach town of Cascais. We arrived early evening and grab a cab directly from central station … Continue reading

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Money laundering and other delights of Cascais


June 18 When Your Vacation Needs A Vacation For those readers who have galloped and gasped through the past week of Lisbon, Porto and Santiago de Compostela and wondered when we’d actually be “on vacation.” We are finally there ! In … Continue reading

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You say tapas. I say pinxtos. Our weekend in Santiago de Compostela


Saturday, June 14 After consuming every variety of bacalau (cod) and octopus in Portugal, we were ready for our weekend escape to the Galician foodie paradise and pilgrimage Mecca of Santiago de Compostela (SDC) We had a plush hotel right … Continue reading

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A Porto Tale


Friday June 13      Wherein A. goeth before a fall. Thanks to our good friend Mark, we were very careful in Lisbon as we had been warned of the treachery of their medieval, cobbled streets. We were VERY careful. In … Continue reading

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Sardines. The good kind. And a flaming finish.


June 9 After our cramped, crap food odyssey on Royal Pain Airlines (aka KLM), we finally arrived at Lisbon Airport where we attempted to claim our baggage. Attempted because our baggage apparently didn’t arrive.  As I stood stressing on the … Continue reading

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