My Alentejo

My Alentejo

When my good friend & filmmaker Nelson Carvalheiro asked me if I would share some of my favorite parts of our beautiful corner of the world, I didn’t hesitate. Why? Because Alentejo is the place I’ve been searching for all my life. I hope you enjoy it...
Farm Days

Farm Days

Last week João and I sat at a table across from two generations of hard-working women with a family farm for sale, one notary, and one realtor. We were in Estremoz, a soulful village in interior Alentejo, a region of Portugal east and south of Lisbon that bumps up...
Moorish castles & ham smugglers

Moorish castles & ham smugglers

A trip to the southern most interior part of Alentejo is a trip straight into Portugal’s Moorish roots. On the Spanish border, where miles and miles pass with only cicada-song as company, the Castle of Noudar (Castelo de Moura in Portuguese) lies between the winding...
Fishermen’s feast

Fishermen’s feast

Fishermen’s feast A trip to a Portuguese fish market is staggering. Fish of all colors, shapes and sizes nestle up to shrimp the size of my hand, barnacles (called percebes) that taste so intensely and purely of the sea, and all manners of octopus, squid and...