Coimbra and Aveiro

From the Douro Valley, we drove southwest to the Silver Coast region to visit Coimbra with stops in Aveiro and its beach area, Costa Nova, on the way. We were originally going to try to see Aveiro as a day trip from Porto, and then drive right from Douro Valley to Obidos, but the revised... Continue Reading →

Douro Valley

The Douro Valley is Portugal's major vineyard and winemaking region and the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. The Douro River runs through the valley and the terraced hillsides create a feast for the eyes and a sense of wonder as you try to imagine maintaining and harvesting the plantings on what look like... Continue Reading →

Porto and Guimaraes

Our first port o' call on this Portugal trip was Porto, a short flight from Amsterdam, where we had been visiting with family. Porto is in the northern part of Portugal and is known to be cool and rainy in the fall and winter (we arrived near the end of November). The hilly, cobblestoned streets... Continue Reading →

Portugal here we come!

An extended visit to Portugal has been in our plans for some time, and finally the time is now. We had been in Europe for three months just three months earlier and were lucky enough to make a return trip to spend another three months here (three months is significant as this is our current... Continue Reading →

The Long Road Back

Pennsylvania We crossed through Pennsylvania on our way north to Corning, New York (see New Jersey and New York), and then returned south to Pennsylvania to continue our journey west. Finally, we were immersed in autumn colours. Susquehanna River: Wyalusing Rocks Overlook We stayed one night at Ives Run campground in the Tioga-Hammond Lakes Recreation Area.... Continue Reading →

New Jersey and New York

We didn't want to leave Vermont since the forests had not yet reached their autumn colour peak, but we had booked a housesit in New Jersey, so leave we did. Once we got adjusted to leaving, we started looking forward to what was next. Our New Jersey housesit homeowner had suggested stopping at Storm King... Continue Reading →

Vermont & New Hampshire: Across the Top

Cathedral Ledge After exploring the coast of Maine, it was time to turn inland to visit the forests and mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont. We drove across Maine into the White Mountains and the Cathedral Ledge State Park in New Hampshire. Cathedral Ledge Scenic Lookout offered gorgeous views of the valley, lakes, and across... Continue Reading →

Ontario: Thunder Bay to Niagara-on-the-Lake

After an introduction to our Road Trip 2022 that said we would be driving from Vancouver across Canada, it doesn't seem right that the first location-specific post starts at about the 3,000-kilometre mark. For us, everything before then was quick family visits (Vancouver), business/medical appointments (Calgary) or ground that we'd covered before and we were... Continue Reading →

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