A Wild Ride on Lisbon’s Ascensor da Glória

“A simple spark can destroy the foundations of civilization.” — Lisbon street artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils One of the first things I encountered in Lisbon on my recent geographical cure was the Elevador da Glória funicular. I saw it and was gobsmacked, in spite of what I’d read forewarning me of its wonderfulness. Despite … Read more

A Bodice Ripping Love Story At Portugal’s Alcobaça Monastery

The mere mention of Alcobaça Monastery in Portugal conjures a mini history lesson on one of Europe’s oldest and best UNESCO sites. Alcobaça is a 12th century masterpiece of Gothic Cistercian art, after all. Its vaunted architecture and history make it a must see site on a tour of Portugal. But that’s the topic of … Read more

St. George’s Castle: Lisbon’s Fetching But Fake Castle

Here’s my complete guide to visiting Castelo de São Jorge, St. George’s Castle, in Lisbon. A truthful guide. St. George’s Castle is Lisbon’s most recognizable landmark. But it’s a fake. Yes, it’s a fake. You read that right. St. George’s Castle, is the most popular tourist attraction in the beautiful Alfama district of Lisbon Portugal. … Read more

Guide To Carmo Convent, Lisbon’s Open Air Memorial

Here’s my guide to visiting Carmo Convent in Lisbon Portugal. Lisbon isn’t a city with grand monuments and squares like other European capitals. There aren’t that many truly “wow” sites in Lisbon. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. The beauty of Lisbon lies more in its laid back artistic ensemble than in any … Read more

Guide To Lisbon’s National Tile Museum, Starring Beautiful Azulejos

Here’s my visitor’s guide to Lisbon’s fascinating Museu Nacional do Azulejo or National Tile Museum. The museum is an underrated hidden gem in Lisbon. Not only is it beautiful in and of itself, the museum helps to explain Lisbon’s unique decorative appeal and architectural history. Lisbon is affectionately nicknamed “Queen of the Sea.” I like … Read more

Guide To the Stunning Coimbra University in Portugal

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” — Albert Einstein Here’s my complete guide to visiting the UNESCO-listed Coimbra University in Coimbra Portugal. The town is the perfect midway stop between Lisbon and Porto and well worth a visit. Swish, I flicked my imaginary black cape over … Read more