ALL ABOARD WITH CARL

ALL ABOARD WITH CARL

Veteran Journalist Carl Larsen writes about travel news and adventures.

Villajoyosa: Spain’s Happy Beachtown

Villajoyosa: Spain’s Happy Beachtown

Our visit to one of the city’s chocolate factories had a sweet ending, but the genuine star of our visit to Villajoyosa was the seaside town itself. The adventure begins at the top of the old town, where the remnants of ancient castle walls merge into narrow three and...

Alicante’s Castle Santa Barbara

Alicante’s Castle Santa Barbara

Alicante's Santa Barbara Castle, among the largest medieval fortresses in Spain, is the symbol of this historic city. It also dominates the dramatic view through the wall-to-wall glass doors in our apartment. After watching it for the last twenty or so nights, we...

The Trouble With Tabarca Island

The Trouble With Tabarca Island

On our trip from the Alicante airport to our apartment of the many stairs and no elevator, our nice landlord pointed out a sleek orange catamaran docked in the marina. “That’s the Kon Tiki,” she said, “the ferry to Tabarca Island. It’s a good day trip. The island is...

Playing James Bond at the Palacio

Playing James Bond at the Palacio

Celebrating an Aztec football win at the Palacio Estoril Hotel bar with a 007 “Vesper” martini. Shaken not stirred. Ian Fleming stayed here as an intelligence officer during the war and frequented the casino next door. That’s where he met a spy who inspired James...

A Delicious Routine in Portugal

A Delicious Routine in Portugal

After a month in Portugal, things are becoming routine, like making Saturday and Sunday breakfasts. This morning I made us bacon, cheddar cheese, and egg sandwiches. What makes it special was that the beautiful rolls were super fresh. This morning I just walked a few...

A Festival of Food & Stuff: The Cascais Farmer’s Market

A Festival of Food & Stuff: The Cascais Farmer’s Market

One joy of living in Europe is going to the market. We already posted a story about the spectacular supermarket here in Cascais. But to get super fresh farm-to-table produce, local farm-raised meats, and just-caught seafood, European farmer's markets can’t be beaten....

Portugal: A Food Lover’s Paradise

Portugal: A Food Lover’s Paradise

Shopping yesterday at a bustling Cascais supermarket yesterday was like finding a mammoth Whole Foods with Trader Joe's prices. The vast market showcased an abundance of beautiful produce, including avocados and fall-fresh apples. Wonderful fresh breads and sweets...

Hello Alfama, Lisbon!

Hello Alfama, Lisbon!

Jet lag city. After our somewhat grueling journey from San Diego, we grabbed a quick bite, checked into our apartment, and flopped down on the comfy bed until we came to four hours later. Feeling human, at least for the moment, we invited our traveling companions from...

Sometimes Travel Adventures Can Be a Real Pain

Sometimes Travel Adventures Can Be a Real Pain

We felt we had dodged a bullet when we missed the 48-hour strike on July 17 by airport workers in Portugal. The work stoppage caused the cancellation of some 600 flights in two days and stranded passengers who waited in long lines, frantically trying to reschedule...

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