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Elevador da Gloria, Lisbon

Silent Sunday: Elevador da Glória, a Lisbon funicular

Elevador da Glória, linking the areas Baixa and Bairro Alto in Lisbon, Portugal. This Lisbon funicular has been in operation since 1885.

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Seductive Sintra

A few years ago – 4, to be exact, I had some time to kill in Lisbon after long days of meetings. As luck would have it, I more or less stumbled upon Sintra. I’ve been meaning to share a few photos of this gorgeous town ever since. Better late than never, eh? Sintra is […]

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Where in the World: Madeira

This is a traditional farmer’s house in Santana on the island of Madeira in the Atlantic, one of the outermost regions of the European Union.

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Fiery Furnas: Steamy cauldrons in the Azores

As the plane descends, my youngest daughter exclaims: “Look! The earth is boiling.” And it is! From above, the Furnas Valley looks mysterious and misty. A few minutes later we land on São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores archipelago. About halfway between Britain and America, the Azores islands are volcanic and verdant, and […]

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Where in the world: Torre Belém

Torre Belém, or Belém Tower, at the mouth of the River Tagus (Tejo) in Lisbon, was built to commemorate the expeditions of Vasco da Gama.

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The twin crater lakes at Sete Cidades in the Azores archipelago, Atlantic Ocean

Lamenting lost love in the Azores

On the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, from the vantage point Vista do Rei, you’ll have a fabulous view of the twin lakes by the seven little villages – Sete Cidades – at the bottom of a volcanic crater. One lake appears blue, the other green. This is, rather prosaically, caused by variations […]

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