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Apr 7 2017

Earthly delights: Shopping in Porto, Portugal

Set along the gorgeous Douro River, Porto, Portugal is one of the oldest cities in Europe, and a must-see for many reasons. Among the historic sites and museums, there is also magnificent shopping to be found, for everything from artisan chocolate to fine clothing. Portugal's second largest city is full of chain and specialty stores for any and every kind of product, but these are a few of our favorite spots for special souvenirs and exciting experiences.

                 

                                             The grand staircase at Livraria Lello; photo via Portugal Resident.

Can there be any doubt that Livraria Lello is the most beautiful bookstore in the world? It draws people in such numbers that there is now a charge of a few euros to even enter the store—but the fee goes towards any books you may buy! This ornate shop stays packed; go early in the day, when it's less crowded. An absolute must-see in Porto.

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May 19 2016

Wellington, New Zealand: The perfect starting point for day trips and tours

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, yet is is much less frequently visited than its northern neighbor, the thriving metropolis of Auckland. Still, Wellington is worth the visit, not only for the sights within the city, but for it prime position as a jumping-off point to explore some of the more remote areas of New Zealand. From there, you can easily travel to the areas of Martinborough and Cape Palliser, or join in on a Lord of the Rings-themed tour.

                         

                                         Seal pups at Cape Palliser. Photo courtesy of Rolf Hicker.

Cape Palliser is a gorgeous spot not far from Wellington, at the very southern tip of the island. It boasts a lovely lighthouse (the climb is steep and tiring, but worth it) and a large population of fur seals that sun themselves on the coast. Visit in summer to see seal pups—they're insanely adorable, and playful, too. The drive out to Cape Palliser itself is worth the trip, as the approximately hour's journey takes you along some sheer, but stunning, rock cliffs. For nature lovers, the cape is not to be missed.

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Sep 6 2012

Wining and dining in Rome

Category: Megan Leader @ 05:15

Rome never ceases to conjure images of history, romance and authentic Italian dining. The city's centuries-old architecture and old-world ambience translate to a timeless, magical experience that pairs very nicely with a glass of red wine and a generous helping of freshly made pasta.

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May 11 2012

Three movie-inspired European vacations

Category: Destinations | Itineraries | ListsMegan Leader @ 11:57

Everything looks glamorous on the silver screen: the actors, the clothes, the dramatically heart-wrenching relationships—but especially the gorgeous scenery. There are some great films set on gorgeous tropical beaches or bustling Asian cities, but today I want to explore a few films set in stunning old-world Europe—and the vacations you can plan around them. More...

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