Monthly Archive:: May 2011

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Food and Drink of the Alentejo

A description of the Alentejo, however short, would not be complete without a mention of the food on offer. It is possible to eat big, hearty meals in Evora and the surrounding towns without breaking the bank. It’s also very easy to eat well and healthily; not

A drive through the Alentejo Region of Portugal

One of the most common mistakes I make when travelling is to look at a map and assume how long it will take to drive from A to B. Often the road is tortuous and winding, other times it passes through countless villages and slows to a

If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes

The Faroe Islands are like nowhere else on earth: a staggeringly beautiful, unspoiled volcanic landscape where age-old traditions reign supreme. It is a destination to which the written word cannot do justice, and where seeing is the only way to believe a place like this exists. Set

Highlights of Evora; the perfect base for exploring the Alentejo

We picked Evora as a stopping point on our travels mainly down to its location. A little over an hour’s drive from Lisbon and pretty much in the centre of the Alentejo region, it seemed the perfect place to use as a base for a trip around

Ecuadorian Escapades

  Casa Aliso  I recently travelled to Ecuador to inspect a number of boats in the Galapagos (600 miles off the coast of Ecuador) and also stay at a couple of jungle lodges in the Amazon Basin. My trip started in Quito which is my

The Amalfi Coast – thousands of years of history waiting to be unearthed

Small pretty villages hug the rocky coastline while young Italians, distinguished from the tourists by their far superior dress sense, fly around on mopeds without a care (or a helmet). The sun always shines, giving the sea that alluring blue and creating a sharp contrast with the