Touring New York City

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While we try to go to New York City at least twice a year, we still like to act like tourists sometimes. Our Fall 2015 trip was no exception. We couldn’t help ourselves in wandering around and snapping some photo. Strolling up the High Line took us right to the Chelsea Galleries and a beautiful [Read more …]

New York City Restaurant Update—Fall 2015

Whenever we go to New York City, we try to cram in new restaurants, as well as revisit some favorites. This trip was no exception. Dinners Annisa. We had a very nice meal here. We began with one of the house specialties: improbable foie gras soup dumpling that was stuffed foie gras mouse and jicama [Read more …]

New York City Update on Museums--November 2015

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In addition to theater, no time in NYC is complete without visiting museums. We were fortunate to time our trip with the MOMA Picasso Sculpture exhibit, which displayed more than 50 sculptures that he created primarily as experiments in perspective that Picasso retained in his own studio. After having lived in Chicago with its famous [Read more …]

New York City Theater, Fall 2015

This fall, we spent four days and five nights In New York City. Of course, theater was at the top of our list. Five plays over three days and four nights? Not for the faint of heart, but an unfortunate necessary until we find the time for much longer, more leisurely trips to the city. [Read more …]

Exploring Ports in Porto and in the Douro Valley


In addition to wanting to see Porto, we came to the area to explore (surprise) ports. We took a day trip from Porto to the Douro Valley, with Pedro (Peter) from CoolTrips. It was a long day (8:30 AM-7:00 PM), but well worth it. Shortly after leaving the city, we passed through the Verde wine [Read more …]

Porto CIty Portugal

Train station outside

We finally made it to Porto Portugal. We love the city’s character that began coming into prominence (not to speak of prosperity) when it became one of the first on the Iberian Peninsula to be recaptured from the Moors and henceforth, began to prosper as a trading city and center for provisioning Crusaders who were [Read more …]

From Obitos Portugal to Porto Portugal


Our next day took us to Obidos Portugal. How could we resist the opportunity to spend the night in the tower of a 14th-century castle? Okay, perhaps it wasn’t as romantic or rustic as we had imagined. Once in the room, we were hard pressed to remember that we were in a castle as the [Read more …]

Lisbon to Porto: The Coastal Route


We picked up a car and left Lisbon to the north, taking in the lovely shore of the coastline and a number of the most interesting and historically important stops on the 300+ kilometer drive to the land of port wine. Among our most notable quick-stops were: Cascais, a fashionable resort town since the late [Read more …]

Lisbon Portugal

Praca Dos Restauradores

Believe it or not, we have never been to Portugal before and were looking forward to exploring the country. Our first stop was Lisbon. Portugal in general, and Lisbon in particular, had existed, and for some of the time even thrived, over almost three millennia before the people ever had control of their own destinies. [Read more …]

Casablanca Morocco


And then we were on to our last stop in Morocco: Casablanca. Although settled as early as the 7th century by Berber tribes, Casablanca began attracting international attention in the15th century when Portugal virtually destroyed the town for harbored privateers who were plaguing its ships. It began attracting more favorable attention in the 18th century [Read more …]