Madeira (Part 2) – Stunning Gardens, Coastlines, and Mountains

If you like pretty pictures, you’re in for a treat… I ended last week’s post just as Won and I were about to enter the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. There are two large, well-known gardens on Madeira. One is the 7 hectare Jardim Tropicais Monte Palace (the one we visited) and the 5 hectare Jardim … Continue reading Madeira (Part 2) – Stunning Gardens, Coastlines, and Mountains

Discovering the Peace and Tranquility of Early Morning

…which is entirely new to me. Before all you cheery-dispositioned, wide-awake, conquer-the-world-the-minute-you-get-out-of-bed types give me a hard time, let me say that I have never been a morning person. Even the day I was born I chose to enter the world at 9AM; a reasonable and very civil time of day. That auspicious beginning established … Continue reading Discovering the Peace and Tranquility of Early Morning

Back Home

…with a new perspective. We got home on Wednesday of this week and we are so happy to be back. Don’t get me wrong, it was amazing to see family and friends, and more specifically, to get a much-needed great big bear hug from my son, Matthew (several, in fact). But, there is something special … Continue reading Back Home

Chefs on Fire

A festival that celebrates the most elemental cooking technique in human history…fire Across the country of Portugal, in small and large towns, a wide variety of festivals take place year round to celebrate the most amazing range of topics, like music, religion, sardines, sculpture, chocolate, gay pride, and wellness – and that’s just the tip … Continue reading Chefs on Fire