Octopi and other delicacies….that I won’t eat

I grew up in the Midwestern U.S…..and I have never figured out why the world refers to those 5 states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and both Dakotas) as the 'Midwest' when they are so obviously 'Midnorth'…there is nothing western about them!  I digress.  The only water critters we had access to for dinner were what we … Continue reading…

Eating and Drinking through Spain…and Portugal, II

The Portuguese part….The hotel we stayed at in Portugal,the Pestana Golf Hotel had just opened in April so they were still getting the 'kinks' out.  Rather than a proper restaurant, they were offering a buffet for breakfast and dinner.  There might have been a clue that they were catering to the Brit's when I saw … Continue reading…

Eating and Drinking through Spain…and Portugal

If you want the travelogue check out the photo album.  This is going to be about the food.  After all, which is more important: visiting an 8th century mosque or finding the best roast suckling lamb?  If you don't know the answer just go look at the pretty pictures…Something you often find in a Spanish … Continue reading…

Paradors (and Pousadas)

The idea of staying in a 'state-owned' hotel never had much appeal to me….visions of early 'eastern-block'  square, concrete architecture with tiny, glass-block windows, faded linoleum, and drippy faucets (cold water only) were conjured in my mind.  I'll pass, I thought.  Since I left university I have insisted on some basic comforts whilst traveling: running … Continue reading…

Portugal, Spain and Paradors

Remember my new phone?  And all the trouble I had getting it sorted?  And got it all working (they assured me) the day before we left on holiday?  Didn't work….it searched until it's little battery went dead, found all sorts of networks to talk to but none wanted to talk back.  So, my cool new … Continue reading…

Phone Tales in 2 parts….and a trip to Portugal

Back home in France I take out the T-Mobile chip and pop in the SFR chip.  It searches for a network and promptly finds one – Orange (another network for those not in the know).  So, hop in the car and drive to the SFR store and explain my problem.  It's blocked, they tell me.  … Continue reading…

Phone Tales in 2 parts….and a trip to Portugal

First, the important part:  We are off to Portugal for 10 days with our old golfing group from Andorra…a little sun, a little golf, a little gossip, a little vinho…  It should be great fun, but, alas, I won't have easy computer access (plus I'll be busy trying to remember how to play golf) so … Continue reading…

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