ALL ABOARD WITH CARL

ALL ABOARD WITH CARL

Veteran Journalist Carl Larsen writes about travel news and adventures.

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...

White-Knuckle Travel Time: Covid Vaccination Proof & Testing

White-Knuckle Travel Time: Covid Vaccination Proof & Testing

International travel is never easy. But in the time of covid, it’s become a lot more difficult. Our upcoming trip in a few days to Portugal and Spain highlights all these new challenges. No wonder we’ve faced greater anxiety and stress planning this trip than any...

The Fine Art of Packing

The Fine Art of Packing

With only a few days to go before we begin our three-month adventure in Portugal and Spain, we’re packing — no, make that Mary is packing. She is the main packer in our household primarily because she’s seen me pack — and it’s not very organized and always at the last...

Uncharted Waters: Traveling in the Time of Covid

Uncharted Waters: Traveling in the Time of Covid

We’re about to begin a three-month adventure in Spain and Portugal. It’s been a long time in coming, for obvious reasons. Over the past 18 months, we planned the trip three times, but Covid surges and lockdowns in the US and in Europe forced us to postpone, again and...

Our New Blog: Travel Adventures with Ron & Mary

Our New Blog: Travel Adventures with Ron & Mary

Stay tuned for Wine Dine & Travel's Ron & Mary James's new blog on their travel adventures. Their next adventure begins on August 16, when they begin a three-month exploration of the Iberian Peninsula.

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