Small Towns, Big Problems

Even before the pandemic, Europe had been seriously suffering from over-tourism with masses of tourists visiting the most popular destinations at rates not seen before.  The pandemic did not change the status quo, and to some extent, even exacerbated the problem, causing people who skipped travel in the last 2-3 […]

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Sardines and Egg Custard Tarts – The Overlooked Cuisine of Portugal

We are standing in a giant store where every wall is covered with floor-to-ceiling shelves, displaying thousands of cans of sardines. “Is this… a sardines store?” Julia asks no one in particular. Her pointless question echoes off the endlessly stacked sardine cans and down the airport hallway. We had arrived […]

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