Travel Talk

When travel influencers and Tripadvisor collide

May 28, 2019 Jack 2

TA wouldn’t be the first to confuse a foundation of impressive social media numbers with quality. And they wouldn’t be the first to not seriously consider the implications of creating a social media platform which brings the writer into direct contact with the end user. […]

Douro

Plain Sailing on a Douro River Cruise

May 27, 2019 Andy 0

…the bridges and houses of Regua give way to layer upon layer of slopes braided in vines as the river narrows and the banks draw closer, embracing us in their unbridled beauty. […]

Aveiro

The saucy canal boats of Aveiro

May 21, 2019 Jack 0

Lounging beside a lagoon on Portugal’s north west coast, Aveiro is often referred to as the Venice of Portugal. Quite a few places with canals are referred to ‘the Venice of… ‘. It’s a description which dangles a pretty picture on the end of a fishing hook. […]

Europe

Choco frito, the taste of Setúbal

May 8, 2019 Jack 0

The obsession with choco frito is said to have started in the days when cuttlefish had no commercial value. So the fishermen who sailed the waters south of the Tagus, from the Sado Estuary down to Sines, tended to keep chocos for themselves […]

Hiking

Walking in Europe with a spring in the step

May 7, 2019 Jack 0

“Em Abril, águas mil.” There’s a reason for these old proverbs. This is from Portugal, Spain has one almost identical. Incidentally, so has Chile. Even Disney alludes to a feature that April can be known for – “Drip, drip, drop little April shower… ” […]

Food and drink

The origins of popular dishes around the world

May 2, 2019 Jack 0

You have to be extremely knowledgeable about gastronomy to jump into a culinary arena and fling cultural appropriation accusations around. Either extremely knowledgeable… or completely ignorant when it comes to food. […]