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Lisbon, some laughs and some learning.

Lisbon, some laughs and some learning.

I arrived in Lisbon on 2 September, 2016, full of the fresh naivety that any traveller should have when visiting a city for the first time. It doesn’t matter how much you have read, how many documentaries you have seen, taking those first steps along the footpath in a...
Friday on the Douro, or What I Ate Today

Friday on the Douro, or What I Ate Today

Blogging is hard when you are on a cruise and the program is so jam packed that you barely have time to breathe between all the essential activities that go on from dawn to dusk. These include waking up at 7 am to see a new kind of landscape racing past, eating,...
Ten things I learned about Lisbon

Ten things I learned about Lisbon

  There is not much to dislike about Lisbon, but it’s a conundrum. As far west as Istanbul is east, somehow Lisbon is a mirror that shines Istanbulian qualities on the other side of the great European continent. Or maybe it is the other way around....
Portugazing towards the sun

Portugazing towards the sun

Portugal has always held a fascination for me. Let’s face it, most countries fascinate me for one reason or another. But Portugal is extra fascinating for me because I always associate the country and its capital, Lisbon, with Sean Connery. It was through the...

Limping around South-East Asia

Earlier this year, in the late summer February warmth, I was feeling a little bit down in the dumps. My next overseas trip was so far away (in September) and I would have a whole Melbourne winter to get through, so I started looking at what I might do in the meantime....