Pretty City Porto (And The Ugly Side Too) – 9 Things To Do in Porto

Things to do in Porto Ah, pretty city Porto, you beautiful place, you. All glowing in from dawn til dusk in a tumbly, jumbly terracotta haze and reflected Harry Potter glory. With your giant gondolas from the port trade, your azulejo tiles and your steep streets to a thousands scenic viewpoints, you wear your prettiness with a bit of grit. A boot in the substance vs…

Here’s what we did on our Portugal River Cruise with Viking

River Cruise in Portugal’s Douro Valley We’ve returned from a fun river cruise in Portugal and have so many wonderful experiences and photos to share. A European river cruise has been on our travel wish list for years now, so we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Viking River Cruises. There are so many European river cruises to choose from – so why…

How Not to Eat in Lisbon

Finding Lisbon Restaurants Where Locals Eat Breathless, sweaty and most definitely ready for food, I pushed open the glass door and stumbled inside. “Are you still serving?” I asked, the words more direct than I’d have liked. A man walked towards me, in black against the bright white walls, clear-varnished wood and chic-hipster vibe I’d pretended …

Berlin, in As Many Days as You Can Stand

Once upon a time, I lived in Berlin. I’ll be sprinkling recollections of my brief stint as a Berliner throughout this post, but the TL;DR version is that if you’re thinking of moving to Berlin, think twice. Berlin is a wonderful city to visit, but Germany’s capital can be a surprisingly stifling home. The next few paragraphs…

How to Spend a Week in Vienna

Vienna. Home to schnitzel, Freud, Mozart, the Hapsburgs, opera, art, coffeeshops, and so much more. Over the decade I have been coming in and out of this city, I’ve watched it change from a stiff capital city to a cool, hip, foodie, and arty paradise. Ok, it’s always been an arty paradise and maybe the “stiff capital” was just my incorrect first impression. See, when I first visited Vienna, I wasn’t a fan. It felt too stiff. Too proper. It had the air of a city too long steeped in imperial …

We’re Moving to Italy

It took me over four years to be recognized as an Italian citizen then in 2014 I was officially recognized. We’re finally ready to move to Italy. The plan has always been to live in Italy. The process took longer than we expected so we decided to have a home base in the US so we can finish the paperwork and have a baby …

Kayaking and Hiking the Dolomites in Italy (The Best Lakes and Trails)

Kayaking and Hiking the Dolomites in Italy (The Best Lakes and Trails) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. The stark beauty of the Dolomites Mountains is comprised of jagged peaks, Alpine meadows, and impossibly blue lakes. So it comes as no surprise that the Dolomites are one of the most beloved travel destinations in the Italian Alps. Or that kayaking and hiking the Dolomites have become increasingly popular outdoor recreation activities among adventure-lovers in Europe and around the world. Their name derives from dolomite, the type of rock …

Staying with an Olive Oil Sommelier in Greece: Eumelia in the Peloponnese

Deep beneath the scorched sun of the Peloponnese, the Eumelia luxury eco-farm comes from a couple jaded by politics who, quite literally, decided they wanted to get back down to earth. The earth in question is red and dry and crunches underfoot. Rippling boardwalks surf across the dust to connect the five cabins to the main building where boutique chic mixes with an informal, folksy homestay. Greece’s financial troubles and the EU brouhaha around them have few silver linings – but the birth of Eumelia Agroturismo is one. Or …

Lux StopOver – 12 hours in Birmingham, England

On a recent UK road trip, which started in Manchester, with stops in Liverpool and Chester (which were very pleasant surprises), our final overnight was in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city. I had been once 12 years ago and I was curious to see how the city had changed and how it welcomes luxury travellers, which are beginning or ending their UK trips in Birmingham, due to its much improved international flights with American Airlines, United Airlines, …

A hotel to remember: a review of Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, Spain

I can never have too much Spain in my life – I think my love for this country is well documented on this blog, and when Sovereign challenged me to try something a bit different, I was quite intrigued. An Asian-themed luxury hotel near Alicante. There are not many of these around and I knew exactly what they meant: the award-winning Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, located near Alicante, in the South-East of Spain. So in early June, Mr. O and I packed our bags and…

An Authentic Greek Retreat – Villa Vager in the Peloponnese

If words like authentic and off the beaten track delight you, then you’ll love the rustic luxury of Villa Vager in the Peloponnese, Greece. This Villa Vager Review forms part of a series on The Big Greek Road Hop: Driving the Peloponnese. Find more about exploring this beautiful part of Greece over here.  Villa Vager Review: Mountainous Greece High in Arcadia in the foothills of Mount Mainalon, on roads so winding the Sat Nav can’t …

Highlights From 12 Countries in Europe That I Visited This Year

Wandering Earl On October 26th, I’ll be leaving Gran Canaria and making my way to India. And with that trip, I shall say a big goodbye to all the countries in Europe as I won’t be back before the end of the year. I’ve actually spent a decent amount of …

Oud West Amsterdam: A Guide to My Favorite Neighbourhood

Most visitors to Amsterdam rarely venture beyond the city centre, which is such a shame. Here’s a guide to Oud West Amsterdam, one of my favorite neighborhoods. Fun fact: Amsterdam is a lot more than marijuana brownies and prostitutes. Amsterdam’s compact medieval centre may be packed with coffeeshops, red light windows and …

The Big Greek Road Hop: Why You Should Drive the Peloponnese

The Big Greek Road Hop: A Peloponnese Map and A 10 Day Itinerary for a Driving Holiday in Greece Forget island-hopping through Greece: if it’s culture, natural beauty, beaches and a sense of discovery you’re after, it’s time to hire a car and hit the road through the Peloponnese. If it was good enough for the ancient gods and the Olympians, it’s good enough for you. Our Peloponnese map below highlights a recommended itinerary for a driving holiday in Greece There’s a reason those ancient…