Halloween Weekend in La Vera

There’s no better place to spend Halloween weekend than in an old, agricultural village way out in Extremadura, called Villanueva de la Vera, with houses dating back to the 1800s. ┬áThese houses made of stone and wood are so old that the doorways are extremely squat, just enough for someone my height to pass through.Continue reading “Halloween Weekend in La Vera”

The surprise trip turned out to be…

….drumroll…Oporto, Portugal! In Portuguese, it┬┤s Porto, which translates as “port.” Apt name, as its coastal location and its river Douro lend to the city some beautiful views and beaches within a metro-ride away from the center. Even though “charming” is an over-used word to describe most small cities and towns in Europe, Porto really wasContinue reading “The surprise trip turned out to be…”