The holders (Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal) kick off their defence in Budapest. The are in what is known as ‘the group of death’ along with favourites France and perennial achievers Germany. Hungary Apologies Magyars, I have only ever been to your capital on my three visits to Hungary. In 2006 my visit with Mrs Wilbur commemorated […]
With Portugal one of the few ‘green’ countries on the UK’s travel list, it is of course a hugely desired location at the moment. For me, Porto just edges Lisbon as my favourite city there. Now where did I store my passport…..
Korinth (Corinth), Greece The Corinth Canal in Greece is an incredible feat of engineering and was once an important navigational route which allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Carved through the isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 km long with a width of only 25 metres. Impossible for modern ships to go through, […]
Harry Potter in Porto Most people know the story about how the amazing J K Rowling wrote the beginnings of the Harry Potter series as a single mother sat in the Elephant House Cafe in Edinburgh, often staying for hours on end with a single cup of coffee and writing the story on free paper […]
This weeks’ Monday morning blues pic comes from Portugal. The o25 de Abril Bridge in the capital is a suspension bridge across to the municipality of Almada on the left bank of the Tagus river. It was completed in 1966, whilst a train platform was added in 1999. Built by the American Bridge Company, it […]
Travels in Europe, Asia & The Americas It is the time of the year to reflect back on the year’s adventures and look forward to what 2019 may bring. There is something different for me this year however. A recent nine-day hospitalisation has given me time to think about what the privilege of travel really […]
Whilst on a business trip to Lisbon I decided to take some time out to visit the acclaimed nearby town of Sintra. Forty by minutes by train from Lisbon’s city centre Estacio Rossio, Sintra is one of Portugal’s highlights, even for a nation with more sparkling jewels than Queen Elizabeth & Melania Trump combined. The […]
A chap I just noticed…….