The Padrão Descobrimentos – Lisbon, Portugal. 2013

The Padrão Descobrimentos / Monument to the Discoveries is located on the Lisbon waterfront and  across the street from the Jerónimos Monastery.  The monument is beautiful – one must see it to appreciate its form and aesthetic accomplishment.

The tomb of Luís de Camões, Jerónimos Monastery – Lisbon, Portugal. 2013

A tomb housing the mortal remains of Luís de Camões, the Portuguese poet and chronicler of the Age of Discovery, inside of the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal.  The monastery is located across the street from the Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. I recently visited Lisbon and was blown away by the beauty of the city and the warmth of its people.  One week was nowhere near enough time to explore the city and I am looking forward to returning soon.

White Russians, real Russians and the best company imaginable – Tarifa, Spain

V and I were recently treated to a visit by our dear friends Esther (the Russian in the title above) and Jared, two New Yorkers that needed a break from the grind and let us know that they were up for an adventure. E & J planned a trip to Morocco and let us know that were up for trips around the region with the two of us. We suggested Tarifa and recounted tales of a beautiful old town commanded over by an old church, fantastic restaurants and great beaches. And, of course, cheap and excellent mojitos. E & J…