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While planning our itinerary to Portugal, we managed to squeeze some extra days into our holiday schedule. Although we considered a number of mainland options, the Portuguese islands looked interesting as well.
During previous trips to Europe and Africa, we have flown over these archipelagos, but had never visited. Being remote and so topographically different from our day-to-day surroundings, we were curious to explore and learn more. We considered
Updated 11-15-2012 at 05:04 AM by omegaet
Years ago, for the most part, we gave up on organized day tours when visiting unfamiliar cities in foreign countries. A crowded van or bus with a guide reciting statistics-filled scripts are usually intolerable. We sometimes use a rental vehicle abroad but we feel we are missing more than we are seeing. We have come to grips with our lack of fluency in most languages other than English (OK, we get by in Spanish).
We've had much better success dealing
Updated 10-22-2012 at 10:40 AM by omegaet
When the opportunity popped up to use some frequent flier miles and secure business class seats on TAP Portugal Airlines, we jumped into action. Never having flown with TAP, we did some quick research for on-line reviews of their service. Not surprising, reviews were all over the place from 'really bad' to 'excellent.' We decided to roll the dice and take our chances. We booked two Executive Class R/T MIA - LIS - MIA.
TAP would be using one of their
Updated 10-11-2012 at 04:08 AM by omegaet
"Please," said Francisco, "Do not give money to anyone, especially the children."
We had just parked our vehicle and were getting ready to enter the crowded market with our guide.
"It is a big problem with you Europeans (actually, we're from North American but do have European roots). You think you are doing something good, but your handouts are contributing to a culture of begging and dependency," added Francisco,
I'm intrigued by the evolution of pre-flight boarding processes at different airports in different countries over the past few year. I have long ago set aside my predispositions for a fast efficient procedure and acquiesced to local customs, traditions and bureaucracies.
I no longer stress over the follies involved in boarding a domestic flight within the U.S. I don't always avail myself of the priorities associated with upgraded class of service, frequent flier standing or credit
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