Far Horizons

The medieval Baba Vida fortress in northern Bulgaria.
Touching on Bulgaria and Romania on an Eastern Europe Danube cruise to the Black Sea (3 of 3)
Croatia and Serbia — cruising on the Danube from Budapest to the Black Sea (part 2 of 3)
The expansive, ornate City Market in Pest — Hungary.
Budapest and Kalocsa — cruising on the Danube from Budapest to the Black Sea (Part 1 of 3)
An introduction to Georgia in Southwestern Asia (part 2 of 2)
The 12th-century Gelati Monastery near Kutaisi, Georgia, is filled with amazing
An introduction to Georgia, which separates Russia from Turkey (1 of 2)
L’AND Vineyards complex is a viticulture mecca.

by Randy Keck (Second of two parts on Portugal)

The focus of my June 2011 journey to Portugal was four inspiring days in the central portion of the country’s largest region, the Alentejo. It was my good fortune to be hosted by the new L’AND Vineyards, only a 45-minute drive east of Lisbon.

L’AND’s setting provides views of the distant, hilltop, 13th-century castle ruins of nearby Montemor-o-novo village and proved to be an idyllic base from which to...

A look at Lisbon plus a half day in Sintra (1 of 2 on Portugal)

Many ITN readers who are addicted to international travel find themselves, periodically, in discussions with relatives, friends and acquaintances who express not being able to understand the lure, attraction, charm, etc., of international travel, particularly to very adventurous, challenging destinations.

How should the international travel addict respond?

One thing is certain. It makes no sense to ever try to force your love of international travel down someone else’s...