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Cascais, Portugal
In the late 19th century, Portugal’s royal family started vacationing here and turned a simple old fishing village into quite the posh spot to vacation. Today, a jet-set Portuguese crowd comes here to sunbathe on the beaches and dock their yachts...
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Q.ta da Romaneira, 5070 Alijó, Portugal
Set amid terraced vineyards along the banks of the Douro River, the guest rooms at the Romaneira have no phones, TVs, or cell reception. Visitors spend their days hiking the 1,000-acre property, drinking the region’s famous port wines, and...
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R. da Galeria de Paris 20, 4050-182 Porto, Portugal
Who said that traditional shopping is disappearing? More traditional than A Vida Portuguesa is hard to find and however it turns out to be cool selling old Portuguese items in a remarkably traditional downtown location. A Vida Portuguesa | Rua...
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2710 Sintra, Portugal
I spent an hour or so walking through the streets of historic Sintra, Portugal. Many of the buildings in this town date back to the 8th century. I have a few more photos on my blog here: http://stevecookphotography.com/sintra-portugal/.
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Rua do Padrão 100, 4150-557 Porto, Portugal
In the Foz district, a privileged district that attracts several innovative spots and a more urban clientele, there is a restaurant that shows the coolest side of Porto: Cafeína. Inside a restored house of the early twentieth century, you will...
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Largo Infante Dom Henrique, 2440 Batalha, Portugal
One of the most popular side trips from Lisbon is Batalha. When most people say they went to Batalha they refer to the Battle Abbey of Santa Maria da Vitoria. This magnificent church with its convent, cloisters, and unfinished chapels is one of...
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Av. 25 de Abril, 2750-642 Cascais, Portugal
This small indoor/outdoor shopping center is located on a bluff with gorgeous ocean views. There are shops in a historic building, kiosks, and outdoor restaurants underneath a lovely canopy of trees. Such a nice place to relax!
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18 Rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris, France
The train tracks at the Gare du Nord station combine the majesty of of a bygone era with modern Paris in the background. I caught this shot while waiting for the Eurostar to London.
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Paris, France
Serendipitous light on a September afternoon--a rainbow arcing over the Eiffel Tower and ending at the gold dome of L'Église des Invalides in central Paris. (Under that dome, emperor worship continues--Napoléon I lies buried in a crypt in the...
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Paris, France
If you were to play a word association game with the word Paris, most people would say Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, maybe even the Seine. I would say "raindrops". After spending a month in Paris this past summer and often experiencing the...