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Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal, travelAfter clearing customs in Lisbon we immediately flew up to Porto, Portugal which is an easy 45-minute flight north.  We were lucky enough to befriend a local who was returning home and waiting for the same flight. His warm hospitality was an unexpected welcome to Portugal and he proved to be a wonderful tour guide for his hometown of Porto.

Porto, PortugalI had initially hesitated at the thought of visiting Porto, thinking it would be smarter to stay based in Lisbon and use the extra time to explore the capital or take more day trips, but I’m really glad I was persuaded to make the trip.

Porto is Portugal’s second largest city but it is easy to navigate and see in just a couple days. In addition to being incredibly picturesque, the city had a great vibe with some delicious restaurants like Flow and perhaps our favorite place was the outdoor bar, Base, which is located in Praca dos Clérigos also referred to as the Jardim das Oliveiras – Garden of Olives (shown in photograph below).

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Saudade de Portugal

Sergio and Rob, gay travel, flying, travelEarlier this month Sergio and I visited Portugal for the first (but not our last) time. The combination of a strong US dollar and the relative affordability of Portugal meant that we were able to enjoy the vacation for much less than travel to other parts of Europe.  However, it wasn’t the fact that the country was so affordable that made the both of us fall in love with the country.

We found the Portuguese to be extremely friendly, the food & wine delicious and the sites breathtakingly romantic. On our whirlwind trip we flew into Lisbon then connected on a flight to Porto in the north of Portugal. After spending a few days there we took the train to Lisbon where we explored Portugal’s capital and took day trips to Sintra and Cascais.  Below are a few photos from our trip.

Portugal, Sergio, Porto, travel, Base, ClerigosSergio is relaxing in an over sized bathtub at an outdoor bar called Base which was where we spent a bit of time each day enjoying the wine and views of the city. In the background is the tower for La iglesia de los Clérigos a Baroque style church and tower from which point you can see all of Porto.

Portugal, travel, SintraAn easy day trip from Lisbon is Sintra, a town that is best known for its 19th century romantic architectural monuments like the Pena Palace which resides atop a very steep hill and is a leg work out but worth every step.

Cascais, PortgugalAlso an easy day trip from Lisbon is the affluent beach town Cascais. The town is known for its beaches, shopping and restaurants but we liked the dramatic coastline that became apparent if you took a short walk outside of the downtown area like this photo of Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth).

Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal, travel, EuropeThe time we spent in Lisbon passed too quickly. The capital city is both gritty and graceful with monuments and squares that remind travelers of the country’s proud past. The seven hills Lisbon was built upon are filled with ancient streets, breathtaking vistas and a vibe that is uniquely Lisbon and proudly Portuguese.

The NYT spends 36 Hours in Cambridge

Last week the New York Times wrote a nice article about Boston’s neighbor, Cambridge, MA. While I might make different suggestions on what to do and experience, I thought this was a great article showcasing one of America’s oldest and most unique places to visit. If you are planning a trip to Boston, make time to cross the river and enjoy all that Cambridge has to offer.

OMG Boston to Argentina for $349 Round-Trip

argentina, gay travelSure there are some restrictions, but if you’ve never been to Buenos Aires this may be all the incentive you need to visit this beautiful city.

The Points Guy blog has published a post detailing this amazing deal, which includes flying Aeromexico between September 2016 – March 2017 to snag an economy fare round trip for the jaw-dropping price of $349.  Visit The Points Guy: Deal Alert Boston to Argentina for $349 RT for more information.

Sergio and I visited B.A. back in November 2004 and this deal is making me seriously consider another visit because I fell in love with Buenos Aires on that trip and would love to return. Below are a few photos from that trip.

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Follow me on Instagram while we travel through Portugal

Goofing around with my favorite partner-in-crime after my cousin's beautiful wedding.

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Sergio and I arrived in Portugal yesterday. If you have an Instagram account follow me as I post pictures of our trip to Porto and Lisbon.

Delta Airlines adds more seats and nonstop routes from Boston

Delta Airlines in BostonDo you like to travel on Delta Airlines? It is about to get a bit easier for those of you who are fans of Delta. According to an article published in the Boston Business Journal earlier this month, the airline is going to boost the number of flights out of Logan Airport with the goal to be the only U.S. global carrier to offer first-class seating on every flight to and from Boston by the end of this year.

The airline company has indicated that by June 2017 Delta Airlines will have 85 domestic departures to 17 cities, and 5 international departures to 4 cities for a total of 90 peak day departures to 26 destinations.

Added routes from Boston will include:
Daily nonstop service to San Francisco
Daily nonstop service to Seattle
Daily nonstop service to Nashville
Daily nonstop service to Milwaukee
Saturday nonstop service to Montego Bay, Jamaica
Saturday nonstop service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Saturday nonstop service to St. Thomas, U.S. V.I.

Airberlin will provide daily service between Boston and Dusseldorf in 2017

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Credit: Courtesy photo of Airberlin jet at Dusseldorf Airport

Traveling to Germany is about to get a bit easier for Bostonians. Earlier this month Airberlin announced plans to increase their nonstop flights between Boston and Dusseldorf from four times a week to daily service starting May 2017. According to data shared by the airline, these routes are running at nearly 80% capacity with much of the revenue coming from business travelers.

Airberlin only recently started flying out of Boston, initially offering service between the two cities three times a week. This past June the airline increased the service to four times a week and it would appear to bode well for both tourists and business that the airline now sees daily service as profitable.