Europe

Emrelishment, a tale of travel, food and drink preparation

January 15, 2020 Jack 0

In the middle of the 20th cent in the cool and shady interior of the Imperial, an unexceptional bar next to the bullring in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a regular known to the waiting staff as ‘El Barraco’ grabs a seat at the bar’s counter mid-morning and orders his favourite bocadillo […]

hiking in Arrabida Natural Park
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Walking in Arrábida Natural Park

January 13, 2020 Jack 0

Arrábida Natural Park is a maze of tracks and paths. That’s the upside for walkers. The downside is not all of them are public ways. The trick is knowing which are and which aren’t. […]

Europe

The view from abroad, winter woes

January 8, 2020 Jack 0

The depths of winter (i.e. now) in central Portugal is a yin and yang affair. Warm enough to eat lunch al fresco in the midday sunshine, as cold as my home island of Bute in Scotland at night. […]

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Taking the red tourist tram in Lisbon

January 7, 2020 Jack 0

There are three major differences between jumping on a red tram in Lisbon and squeezing onto the iconic number 28 which shakes, rattles, and rolls its way around the streets of Portugal’s capital. […]

Zermatt, Switzerland
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The best and worst of travel in 2019

December 21, 2019 Jack 0

Delivering training sessions about some of the destinations we’ve visited over the year prompts us to reflect on our experiences in a specific location; something which doesn’t always happen immediately after a trip as there’s nearly always somewhere else exciting to visit steaming toward us. […]

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Electric scooters, the scourge of Lisbon

November 18, 2019 Jack 0

It’s effortless to hit a thumbs up on facebook, a retweet on Twitter and share posts which show others just how much we care about our planet. We can do it without expending any energy whatsoever. It’s easy to be an eco-warrior when you don’t need to leave the house. […]