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Percussion party in Setubal, Portugal

Every year, percussion groups gather in the port city of Setubal, Portugal for a giant drum party. We were sitting…

Ginjinha Grandma

Ginjinha is a drink that can be found all over Lisbon. But, for a unique experience, look for a Ginjinha…

Uso de Mascara

Cases of Covid are currently spiking in Portugal, like much of the rest of the world. But, Portugal’s citizens are…

New Year’s Eve & red underwear

If you’re in Italy for New Year’s Eve, be sure to wear this specifically colored undergarment. New Year’s Eve All…

How the Grinch avoided prison

“Have you been looking for a job?”  When Mr. G. didn’t answer, I kept looking him in the eye, saying…

The (probably untrue) legend of Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Puttanesca translates literally to “prostitute.” So, Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is “pasta in the style of a prostitute.” That couldn’t be…

Chocolate Hazelnut-the famous flavor of Turin

Chocolate and hazelnuts seems like a match made in heaven. But it took a war to bring them together Chocolate…

The best viewpoint in Lisbon

When your city lies on seven hills you’ve got lots of great views. This one is my favorite in Lisbon…

Don’t travel like a local

Every TV travel show and guidebook tells you “be a local” when you go on vacation. But, is that really…

St. Martin’s Da.y

November 11th is a day wine lovers look forward to in Slovenia St. Martin’s Day celebration in Ljubljana, Slovenia (Photo:…