Central and West Algarve pros and cons

The southernmost tip of Portugal, the Algarve has 96 miles of a spectacular coastline on the Atlantic, and a culture and scenery very different from the rest of the country. With a mild year-round weather, warm sea waters, rich history, culinary and traditions – with  low prices – the region has seen international tourism replace agriculture and fishing recently, since an international airport was opened … Continue reading Central and West Algarve pros and cons

The East Algarve: what to see and what to pass

The Moors of North Africa – Muslims who for centuries occupied the region – called it Al-Garb (hence Algarve), and it was the gateway to their possessions in Portugal and Spain. Portugal’s southernmost region, an area of 1,929 sq miles, with 96 miles of coastline on the Atlantic and year-round mild climate, is also where some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe are found … Continue reading The East Algarve: what to see and what to pass

Rio and beauty

Rio’s beauty dazzles people even before we land at Galeao airport. From the air, this Brazilian city of 8 million people looks spectacular – the blue waters of the Atlantic shining under the intense tropical sun, the white sand of the coastline contrasting with  lush green mountains, and – on top of the highest peak – a colossal statue of Christ, the Corcovado, blessing the … Continue reading Rio and beauty

The princess who wouldn’t be queen

Few countries have a history as rich as Portugal’s, fewer even are home to such unique cultural traditions. The super-power of the XV and XVI centuries – thanks to the wealth brought by its maritime expeditions and conquests – Portugal erected some of the most magnificent palaces, churches and monasteries of Europe, and on its battlefields the destiny of Europe was once decided. On top of that, the Portuguese have the oldest nation-state in … Continue reading The princess who wouldn’t be queen

Tango in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world. Cosmopolitan, charming, with world-class hotels, restaurants and shopping, it is where South American culture meets its European roots. Vibrant and sophisticated, this is a city like no other. Buenos Aires offers the same advantages of cities like London, New York or Paris – for a fraction of the cost. The exchange rate (as of November, 2008) … Continue reading Tango in Buenos Aires