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Lisbon Christmas Lights 2022

This is my third Christmas now in Lisbon and let me tell you, they love Christmas here and know how to do it right! Over 2 million lights are put up on the streets of Lisbon throughout all of the neighborhoods. Each year has been completely different from the last. I don’t know how they…

Surviving the Widow-Maker

When I left home on the morning of Wednesday, October 19, the only thing on my mind was apartment hunting. I had appointments to check out a few places, one in the morning, the other after lunch. I never imagined the day would end with me lying on the operating table and a team of…

My Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Back in 1997, I was offered a one-year position with my company to move to Amsterdam and grow the sales of our software in Europe. Naturally, I accepted the position! I expanded our footprint across the EU over the next year and was given an extended contract. One year grew into two, then two into…

Almalfi Coast

My travel agent convinced me that I should drive while on my trip in Italy. I was reticent to do so because of the ledges and cliff roads along the Amalfi coast. I reluctantly agreed to rent one. When I got to the car rental counter, they told me all they had available were manual…

My brother and his boys come to Portugal!

I haven’t posted in a while for two reasons. First, after finishing my trip to Italy, I am still compiling the content for that video release. And, then I had family visit me here in Portugal for 10 days. My brother Tommy and his two boys, my nephews Tommy and Matteo came to visit starting…

Ruta del Cares hike – Asturius, Northern Spain

I have wanted to do this hike for quite some time after meeting some Spanish friends and hearing them describe it while in Nazaré last year. It is the Ruta Del Cares Trail in the Picos de Europa mountain range in Northern Spain. Since I live about an eight hour drive and now that I…

Douro Valley, Portugal – Amazing Wine Country!

I combined my four day trip to Porto with a 3 day excursion to see the Douro River Valley and drive the famed N222, over and through the mountains adjacent to the plush, multi-tiered shelves of wine vineyards. I had done extensive research of the route that I wanted to take and the lookout points,…

Porto, Portugal: Evening sunset by drone!

My last post was all about the city of Porto, but only daytime drone and video camera shots. I showed you the wonderful, vibrant city during the day set to the beautiful Portuguese busker music of Bruna Costa. The city has such an amazing vibe during the day, but once the sun sets, it becomes…

Porto, Portugal: Set to amazing busker music!

During my retirement here in Portugal, I have been able to see and do so many amazing things in the past year and a half. I have found the options available to me here to be endless and that’s a very good thing. Some of you that know me well will know that I am…

Medieval Óbidos, Portugal!!

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka has hidden five Golden Tickets inside his chocolate bars. The finders are rewarded with a tour of his factory, each accompanied by an adult of their choice, and a lifetime supply of chocolate. The children are unaware, though, that the tour is also a competition to test their…

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