Madeira in Time Lapse

Madeira, a Portuguese archipelago near the Canary Islands, is one of the places I dream of travelling to someday. I’ve seen a lot of features about it and always, I’d be fascinated by its beauty. But I’ve almost forgotten all about it until I saw this short film. Beautifully shot by Christian Mülhauser, it’s a side of Madeira I’ve never seen before.

Madeira from Christian Mülhauser on Vimeo.

Pinay Traveller Recommends #16: Portugal’s Hostel of Style

Pinay Traveller Recommends is a weekly round-up of interesting sites, photos, stories and/or events found around the net. From the outside, it looks like a typical Portuguese World Heritage building fully restored to its tiled glory. But inside, every bit of it is modern. Welcome to Tattva Design Hostel, the largest hostel in Porto. Inspired …

Europe’s Most Underrated Cities

Tired of the usual European destinations?  Well, you might like this.  GQ lists some of the most underrated cities in Europe and gives precious tips on how to avoid the usual tourist traps. From Portugal to Croatia, the list is a delightful mix of the not-so trodden, but nonetheless exciting, destinations. Read on! Porto, Portugal …

Footnote: Portugal’s Map of the World, Belem District, Portugal

Map of Portugal, part of the map of the world made with tiles at the Belem District near the Monument of Discoveries. Here’s how the map looks like from above: A note about Footnote: Footnote is an ongoing photo series featuring my, well… feet, taken in different places around the world. Click here if you …

Pasteis de Belém: Portugal’s Heaven in a Tart

The sugary scent coming from the bakeshop reminds me of everything that is sweet and good and nice. I am standing outside Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, right in the heart of the Belém District in Lisbon. The takeout queue for the bakeshop’s famous product is getting quite long.  I begin to worry that there won’t …

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2011 via Budget Travel

Here’s Budget Travel Magazine’s Top Budget Destinations for 2011. Manila didn’t make it to the list but my favorite city, Lisbon, did. Here’s an excerpt. We analyzed a year’s worth of news, trends, and statistics to identify the world’s best value destinations for 2011. From China to our own backyard, here are ten places that …