Watch this space for the daily diary of a wandering restaurateur in Portugal

The RouteWe are travelers, not tourists and devotees of the idea of slow travel. So we're spending the holidays in the northern part of Portugal. (It's easier than decorating our house for Christmas!) After taking a day in Paris to rest up from the long flight across the pond. We'll be moving around a bit more than we did last year. First we fly to Lisbon, pick up our rental car and drive three hours north to Porto for a week. Then we'll spend three days in Cascais, a more resort-like area close to Lisbon and finish with four days in downtown Lisbon.

We look forward to two weeks of slowing down to the speed of life and becoming temporary locals. As is my custom, I will be posting a daily photo diary of the trip, speaking to what we saw and did as well as the lessons learned and insights gained -- both personal and professional -- along the way.

The first pass on the daily diary may be posted in an abbreviated form just due to time pressures. As other thoughts occur -- or as I notice typos -- I'll often update previously posted pages with additional commentary and new photos. After all, good writing is good re-writing and the author in me is always seeking to clarify and amplify my thoughts. So if you find the running commentary interesting, you might want to re-check some of the previous write-ups for additions and corrections.

Fortunately, Wifi has made an Internet connection much easier to find, so access isn't the problem it once was. But despite the time I devote to the trip report (and each one takes several hours), my purpose in making the trip is not to produce a daily report on schedule. So while I strive to get the diary posted promptly, it doesn't always happen. Such is life in the slow lane.

Tuesday, December 12 - Seattle to Paris via LA
Wednesday, December 13 - Re-Acclimating in Paris
Thursday, December 14 - Paris to Porto via Lisbon
Friday, December 15 - A River Runs Through It
Saturday, December 16 - Out and About

Sunday, December 17 - Jammin' In Our Jammies
Monday, December 18 - Fun In the Sun
Tuesday, December 19 - It's In the Bag
Wednesday, December 20 - When in Rome ...
Thursday, December 21 - Go South, Young Man
Friday, December 22 - Life's a Beach
Saturday, December 23 - If At First You Don't Succeed ...

Sunday, December 24 - Bright Lights, Big City
Monday, December 25 - Feliz Natal
Tuesday, December 26 - Feliz Aniversário Para Nós
Wednesday, December 27 - Ah Lisbon, We Hardly Knew 'Ye
Thursday, December 28 - Lisbon to Seattle via London

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