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My last day in Lisbon, Portugal, I had three hours to see as much of the city as I could before my flight.  I’m not sure what building this was or where I was in town, but this doorway it is a great example of the amazing architecture I saw during those three hours. On […]

Lisbon‘s small, vintage trams cross the city’s narrow, cobblestone streets and steep gradients.  They were introduced to Lisbon in the 19th century, and the original cars were imported from the United States. Here is a quick shot of one of the trams at night as we walked to the Bairro Alto district for dinner.  The […]

Despite spending nearly seven years living in Europe as a child and multiple trips since then for both business and pleasure, Portugal is one of the only Western European countries I hadn’t visited until this trip.  And it was as beautiful as I’d been promised by those who had gone before… We stayed in a […]

I am an American who was lucky enough to spend about half of my formative childhood years living in Europe and traveling extensively throughout the gorgeous continent. I’ve been able to return to Europe regularly since then, both for work and for pleasure. If you’re one of the 12 million Americans who is headed to […]