It isn’t always sunshine & rainbows: Guimaraes

On the advice of one our hostel stays, we skipped Braga and went to Guimaraes. THE place where Portugal was born. It isn't on  many people's radar because it is a very small town and its neighbour Braga has more of a reputation in guide books...

144 + 24 hours in Aveiro

144 doesn't sound like a lot, but most tourists barely spend even 24 hours here. Aveiro is dubbed the "Venice of Portugal" but after spending some time here, we think Aveiro is its own city with its own character and personality. Imagine if it was your city was only known to the world as a reference to another city, i.e., Toronto is the New York of Canada. Ouch. Six days in Aveiro sounds like a lot. And it is. Even our Airbnb host recommended only 1 or 2 days when we asked. And we didn't have a car. We booked the...

Underneath the Sun: Lisboa

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our first destination - Lisbon, actually Lisboa (I will never call it Lisbon again and I will tell you why later). From a North American standpoint, little is known about Portugal (Churresquira and tarts anyone?) It is not a destination high on many North American's lists. Of the many foreign languages heard on the tourist streets, only a handful seemed to have an American/Canadian accent. I find that to be kind of a good thing although the destination is very popular with Europeans, so it is still a busy place.   From our initial impression, Lisboa is...