Sintra – Palaces and Secret Passages Await You

Moorsish Castle in Sintra Portugal

Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with amazing architecture from the 12th to the 19th Century, and is only about 40 minutes away by train. Going there as a day trip was the first recommendation we received when asking locals what we should do during our stay. Needless to say, we took the trip. Twice. And … Read more

12 Things To Do In Lisbon Portugal

Eduardo Park Lisbon Portugal

Lisbon Portugal is a vibrant European City with a rich history and numerous sights to entice visitors from around the world. Here is a list of must-see places if you get the opportunity to visit: 1. Look Down the Portuguese Pavement The first thing to see in Lisbon is as easy as watching your step. Some … Read more

Cooking Lisbon Cooking Class: Deliciously Fun

Lisbon Cooking Class

Sean and I recently took a cooking class with Cooking Lisbon and found we came out with a lot more than full stomachs and a handful of recipes.  We met some wonderful people, got some great travel advice and learned things about the food and culture of Lisbon that made us feel more connected to the … Read more

Lisbon, Portugal – Along The Waterfront

lisbonwaterfront

Any visit to Lisbon should include a wandering along the waterfront. Along the Tagus (Tejo) river, you will find everything from Lisbon’s highly acclaimed aquarium to numerous outdoor cafes, along with some of Lisbon’s most famed tourist attractions. Belem Exploring the Belem Region alone can take a good part of the day. Belem is an area … Read more

Summer In New England – Rediscovering Maine

There is nowhere more wonderful to visit than New England in the summer. I must admit, however, that I’m a bit biased having grown up in Maine. Sean and I had the opportunity to head to New England recently to visit family. We tried to look at the place with fresh eyes and walked away with … Read more

Taco Tour of Playa Del Carmen

Chiliaquiles in Playa Del Camen

After three months in South America, where we had delicious but for the most part non-spicy food, we arrived in Mexico — land of Picante! We decided to scribble out our totally biased, no-holds-barred commets of the joints where we gorged on tacos and tostadas. There’s a lot more than just Mexican food in Playa del … Read more

Playa Del Carmen Side Trips – Yes You Should!

Tulum Ruins

When we arrived in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, we found plenty of things that we expected, and even more that we didn’t — in the best possible way. What we expected:  White sandy beach, check. Warm blue water, it’s here. Also, cheap tacos, lots of people watching, and a huge array of shops and restaurants … Read more

Playa Del Carmen’s Gourmet Market DAC

Playa Del Carmen DAC Market

Whether you are a foodie, run on smoothies or find happiness in a well made burrito, you will find a friend in DAC Market.  Playa Del Carmen’s neighborhood market has what you crave. We learned about DAC from our Chef friend, Coty who runs CoCo’s Cooking School.  (The other benefit of taking a cooking class when … Read more

5 Reasons to Visit Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena Ceviche

#1: Beaches. Cartagena sits in northern Colombia directly on the Caribbean Ocean, and the main tourist and hotel area is virtually surrounded by the ocean. There are long stretches of beach with protected, jettied swimming areas. While the sand isn’t bright white and the water isn’t the characteristic light blue that that you see in many … Read more

Soaring Above Medellin – A Paragliding Adventure

Medellin Paragliding

Medellin, Colombia generally isn’t known as an adrenaline sports haven (unless you count taking the public bus on busy streets), but there is one thrill-seeking activity that can’t be missed: paragliding. If you’re not familiar, paragliding is similar to skydiving, but instead of jumping out of a plane, you utilize the updraft off a mountainside … Read more