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For most visitors to the Continent, going off the beaten path means finding a restaurant that's not yet in the guidebooks. But Europe is, in fact, the birthplace of adventure sports. Mountaineering was invented here—people have been going to the A...
Astute hotels now have a way to impress guests long after checkout: signature perfumes. Here, five available through their respective concierges. FRAGRANCE Parfum ($1,153/50 ml) HOTEL Claridge's (London; 44-207/629-8860) BOUQUET Saffron, iris, co...
At 2 a.m. on a warm spring night the streets of Lisbon's Alfama district are quiet. Few people are walking about, and the blue-tiled seafood restaurants and after-work taverns have all closed. Except for a breeze that rustles through the purple-fl...
Our airplane is descending in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and I can't get Barry Manilow out of my head. "It's a miracle!" he keeps singing. "A true-blue spectacle! A miracle come true!" We are 932 miles from Lisbon, 2,200 from New York City,...
With the euro sky-high these days, it takes more than smarts to navigate the Continent in style without spending a small fortune in the process. It takes a crack team of researchers. It takes carefully cultivated sources of insider information. It...
The forecasts were not encouraging: rain, ceaseless and violent, for 10 straight days. Unseasonable storms had been plaguing Portugal for weeks, bringing record inches (feet?) of precipitation to the country. I knew a road trip in such weather was...
Portugal is the last major European country to have entered the modern world. Some thirty years ago, an astute man I know predicted this belated debut and bought up every share he could on the Lisbon exchange. Then he waited until the Salazar dict...
I'm looking for a weeklong barge tour in France that specializes in fine wine, beautiful scenery, and historic sites. Where should we go? —J.R., Wheat Ridge, Colo. Barges ply the waterways of several French regions, each with choice food, wine, a...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
With a pair of palace hotels leading the way, Europe delivers a king's ransom of notable debuts this season. The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest (5-6 Roosevelt Tér.; 36-1/268-6000; www.fourseasons.com; doubles from $335), an Art Nouveau...
The broad plain of the Algarve occupies the whole of Portugal's southern coast, but as recently as thirty years ago the only golf courses on the premises were made of oil and sand. Portugal in the sixties hadn't yet been incorporated into the mag...
In 1999, Pritzker Prize winner and native Porto architect Álvaro Siza completed the National Contemporary Art Museum in the Art Deco gardens of the Serralves Foundation. Its effect was overwhelming: quite suddenly, Porto, the northern Portuguese c...
THE WATERFRONT In 1999, Pritzker Prize winner and native Porto architect Álvaro Siza completed the National Contemporary Art Museum in the Art Deco gardens of the Serralves Foundation. Its effect was overwhelming: quite suddenly, Porto, the northe...
My husband, Bronson, says “doh-roo.” I say “due-row.” We sound like the Gershwin song, arguing about how to pronounce the world’s oldest demarcated wine region, located in northern Portugal. (He is a wine dealer, so I eventually concede.) The Dour...