One Step Closer (and a Farewell to Denver’s Baker Neighborhood)

For those of you who follow us, you know that our ultimate goal is to shift into a place where we are able to travel, experience new cultures, people and places and blog on a semi-full time basis. We began this vision (and blog) about six years ago with the goal of “selling our stuff and our house, downsizing and hitting the road”. Today, we took one bittersweet step closer with the sale of our home of eleven years. We moved into our now former almost Gothic, Victorian home designed by Frank Edbrooke of Chicago (who also designed Denver’s Brown…

Cascais delivers, again

Last time we were in Portugal, we ended our two weeks in Cascais, a beach resort town at the end of the Tagus River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. This time, we went straight there and stayed put. Once a settlement which served as a defensive fort for Lisbon, Cascais became a beach resort for royalty and the wealthy in the late 1800s. With an approximately 2.5 mile walking trail along the beaches, narrow calçada portuguesa paved streets and colorful painted and Portuguese tiled homes and buildings, Cascais is a great spot to unwind after a long stretch of…

Cervejaria Ramiro for lunch, Lisbon Portugal

The last time we were in Lisbon, we wanted to eat lunch at Cervejaria Ramiro and were talked into an over priced and underwhelming lunch in the suburbs. Boo hiss. Fool me once… but you can’t fool me twice. We somehow dodged our way in front of (rather, in the midst of, but at least at the tip of the spear) the throngs of Japanese tourists offloading the bus parked in front and were seated immediately. At peak times, grab a ticket from the kiosk pronto to avoid a long wait. That is not a self explanatory step, FYI. Founded…

National Museum of African American History

There are few museums which capture the soul. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is one. All Smithsonian museums do a good job, but this one is done exquisitely. Juxtaposed on the Washington DC Mall, surrounded by old white marble structures the museum rises up from the corner of the park on which the Washington Monument lords over DC. You begin by descending into the bowels of the museum, to a claustrophobic set of rooms assimilating (as best as possible, without the fear and pain, of course) the hold of a slaver’s ship as you learn about…

Austin TX: When your time in the city has limits

In my nearly three decades of business travel, I’ve spent hundreds of nights all across Texas (I submit exhibit A as proof: Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Midland, Amarillo, Lubbock, Hereford) but this was (oddly and sadly) only my second time to Austin and Melissa’s first. We had limited time to visit this state capitol, music town, home of the University of Texas Longhorns and Live music show, Austin City Limits. We started with watching the Longhorns playing the OU Sooners in the Big 12 Championship game at our hotel and then struck out to find some music…

Best Portugal Food Experiences

By Melissa First off, I’d like to start by saying these choices are not happy accidents. I do copious research before embarking on a trip. Why? One of great joys of travel is the opportunity to experience the food of another culture and no matter where you are in the world finding the best a country has to offer culinarily takes a little leg work. The internet is now a plethora of information and, while I take every opinion with a grain of salt, there are many websites that make finding the best meal options relatively easy. I also don’t…

Top 10 Portugal tips and experiences

Now that we’ve been back in the routine of our daily lives, we’ve been reflecting upon our trip and thinking about our favorite parts of our trip to Portugal. The following is our list of our favorite experiences while there and some tips for those traveling there. 1. Music. We didn’t quite expect this. Particularly in Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, music is everywhere. We’d read about the Fado bars in Lisbon and definitely wanted to check them out but the music isn’t limited to those establishments. The street music on the Rua das Floras in Porto and in Lisbon, the…