10 Places You just Can’t Miss in Portugal

Summer has finally arrived in Germany and I cherish every little second of sunshine. The other day, I was waiting for my bus home when I suddenly longed for a cold, fresh pressed orange juice. I sat on a bench in the sun sipping my juice and realized how much I miss Portugal. A country … Continue reading “10 Places You just Can’t Miss in Portugal”

What Porto Really Is About – A Photo Essay

My beloved Lisbon and I have an ongoing love affair, which has lasted for years. But if I ever happened to cheat on Lisbon in a weak moment, it would be with Porto. That other great city, up in Portugal’s north, where the people are even friendlier, the food is heartier, and the wine is … Continue reading “What Porto Really Is About – A Photo Essay”

Photo Essay: Porto’s Colorful Ribeira

Although nothing compares to my beloved Lisbon, Porto may be just as pretty… It’s so Portuguese, yet so different from Portugal‘s capital that it repeatedly took my breath away. The Ribeira do Porto is the old heart of the city on the riverside of the Douro river. I think I will never get sick of staring at … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Porto’s Colorful Ribeira”

Portugal – Love at First Sight

My good friend Carola and I had been thinking about a grand vacation for a while back in 2008, when she remembered that she met a Portuguese girl at an international youth event a few years back: Cláudia had invited her to come visit her in her home town Porto, in the north of Portugal, … Continue reading “Portugal – Love at First Sight”