Four Days in Lisbon: Photo Essay

I recently spent a few days wandering around Lisbon. I've been to the city a handful of times over the past 15 years, but I still had a few things I wanted to see: the National Tile Museum, the Feira da Ladra, the Carmo Ruins and Archaeological Museum, and the LxFactory. Here are some bad … Continue reading Four Days in Lisbon: Photo Essay


Kayaking in Las Hurdes

I recently embarked on my first kayaking trip. A friend, T, who owns a couple of kayaks organized an easy two day excursion for us in Las Hurdes, in northern Extremadura. We travelled 30 kms on the río Alagón from the village of Riomalo de Abajo to Rivera Oveja. practicing in the reservoir (embalse de … Continue reading Kayaking in Las Hurdes

Boca do Inferno

Boca do Inferno  is Portuguese for “Hell’s Mouth”. The seaside caves are located on the outskirts of the city of Cascais, 30 km west of Lisbon. The spot is popular with photographers, especially during stormy weather, due to the waves crashing spectacularly into the network of caverns. When we were visiting Cascais I knew “Hell’s … Continue reading Boca do Inferno

So many books, so little time… (part 11)

Raggle-Taggle: Adventures with a Fiddle in Hungary and Roumania  (1933) by Walter Starkie I had seen Walter Starkie mentioned elsewhere, but Fernando Diaz-Plaja wrote about him with such enthusiasm in The Spaniard and the Seven Deadly Sins  that I couldn’t resist tracking down some of his books. Starkie was an Irish writer, translator and scholar. … Continue reading So many books, so little time… (part 11)