About midway between the east coast of the United States and mainland Portugal sits the Azores, a collection of nine islands scattered over several hundred nautical miles. The closest point to Europe from the United States, the Azores were once the one-and-only stopping-off point for ocean voyagers traveling between the two continents. Today, the Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal, even though they are more than 800 miles west of Portugal’s mainland. A direct flight from Boston to the Azores takes about four hour. Read more →


Gustave Eiffel really got around… In Portugal several famous public moment are attributed to his pen – many incorrectly. In fact, miss attribution to Eiffel ranks as the most common Portugal blooper after spelling the Douro River Duoro. Oddly, any steel structure that is gray seems to get labeled with his signature. So let’s play: Eiffel or no Eiffel! Read more →