Santiago de Compostela, Spain – A Pilgrims’ Pause

There's a reason why the area of Galicia in Northwest Spain is so lush and green - the "rain in Spain" in concentrated here along with dramatic scenery, great seafood and a glorious cathedral that has drawn crowds for centuries to Santiago de Compostela. This small Medieval city is the final destination point for wanderers, …

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Porto – on the river

Our intiation to Portugal was definitely enhanced by the hospitality of our friends but now it was time to venture out on our own.  After saying our farewells, we boarded the train in Pombal and headed north arriving a little over an hour later in the beautiful Porto train station. As is typical in old …

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Lovely Lisbon

Lisbon is thriving port city that takes great pride in its history of fearless navigation and exploration to the outer unknown regions of the world in the 15th and 16th centuries. The dramatic monument to the early Portuguese explorers leans out over the waters edge and seems to portray the urgency and resolve of these …

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Navigating Portugal

As we planned our excursion through northern Spain this August, It seemed appropriate to begin our trip from its southern neighbor because although tiny in size, it has an inpressive history of successful and innovative navigators and explorers. That, and the fact that our good friends opened their home and hearts to us inviting us …

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Not Everything is Dessert – a Matter of Perspective

Seeing the beauty among the storm clouds or... "Life isn't what happens to you, it's what you do with what happens to you." I remember baking my first cake.  It was my mom's birthday and I was 10 years old.  I was raised in an era when Mom did all the cooking and Dad and …

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