Lisbon

This is the 2nd destination of two in the Portugal itinerary. The details related to planning for this destination and the others on the Portugal circuit are described in The Portugal Travel Planning post. Lisbon must be visited on a first trip to Portugal. As the seat of Portugal's maritime empire spanning from the 1500s …

Porto

This is the first destination of two in the Portugal itinerary. The details related to planning for this destination and the others on the Portugal circuit are described in The Portugal Travel Planning post. The city of Porto, nestled on the Douro River, with its medieval architecture, friendly locals, the source of Port wine, and …

Portugal

Motivation With architecture dating back to the 1500 - 1800s, when Portugal had a mighty maritime empire, a food culture centering around the bounty of the sea, and a tradition of winemaking that includes fortified, vintage Port, there are plenty of motivations to visit this gem of the Iberian Peninsula.  Portugal's history has been touched …

Split

This is the 3rd destination of three in the Croatia itinerary. The details related to planning for this destination and the others on the Croatia circuit are described in The Croatia Travel Planning post. Founded by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC, and made famous by the Roman emperor Diocletian, the city of Split …

Dubrovnik

This is the 2nd destination of three in the Croatia itinerary. The details related to planning for this destination and the others on the Croatia circuit are described in The Croatia Travel Planning post. If Croatia is the gem of the Balkans, then surely Dubrovnik is the gem of the Adriatic. Deeply steeped in history, …

Zagreb

This is the First destination of three in the Croatia itinerary. The details related to planning for this destination and the others on the Croatia circuit are described in The Croatia Travel Planning post. Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia, and airport of entry for long haul international flights. It's an interesting combination of …

Como

This is the fourth and final destination in the Northern Italy itinerary. The details related to planning for this destination and the others on the Northern Italy circuit are described in The Northern Italy Travel Planning post. We departed Verona early on a Friday morning to make our way to Como. Nearly 3 hours of …

Verona

This is the third destination in the Northern Italy itinerary. The details related to planning for this destination and the others on the Northern Italy circuit are described in The Northern Italy Travel Planning post.. Verona is not on everyone's itinerary for Italy. From experience, Verona is lightly touristed as compared to other destinations visited …