US to Europe for the weekend, with only one day off at work? Yes, absolutely!

I had always wanted to try a weekend trip to Europe; doable, in theory, originating from home on the east coast of the United States. Mind you I am not talking about a turn and burn, a trip just for the fun of flying or with a meeting or dinner in the middle, but an actually meaningful weekend trip to Europe. You can do it too, like this...

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What to do, and not do, when visiting Porto, Portugal's great wine city on the Douro River

It's all about the river here. The city rises from its banks: festively colored buildings in seemingly ancient repose, crowned by the twelfth-century cathedral atop the hill, a stately contrast to the carnival of wine and revelry down at the waterfront. In times past the rabelos, cargo vessels native to this river alone, hauled Port wine to this the only port from it could be shipped. This is Porto, Portugal's second city and the source of the the fortified wine that has made the country famous in the hearts and palates of generations of connoisseurs around the world. This is what we found to do -- and, critically, what not to do -- when visiting.

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Two-day guide to stunning beauty and charm of Lisbon, Portugal, Western Europe's oldest city

Night falls on Rua Augusta. White tiles -- polished by age beneath the feet of throngs who have walked here --  reflect the yellow street lamps as if we were standing atop the water of a reflecting pool. We've descended the hill above us, from Sé de Lisboa down to this pedestrian avenue animated by the energy of diners and evening revelers. Lisbon, Portugal, is the oldest in Western Europe, eclipsing Rome by nearly five centuries, and the other great capitals by at least a millennium. This is how you spend 48 hours here.

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How to get away with thirty-six wonderful hours in beautiful Grundsund, Sweden... winter or not

Sweden is a wonderful country to which I plan to return next year. I am a big advocate of modern city dwellers taking the time to get out of the city and into the beautiful country the world has to offer; thirty-six hours in Sweden certainly fits the bill, though is not nearly long enough. Grundsund on Skaftö is about as far away from tourists as you'll find. You'll be pleased with the quiet, the people, and the sea.

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Checking in from beautiful wine country in Spain and Portugal

Writing today from the wineries of Portugal's Douro Valley. We arrived in Madrid, Spain ten days ago before heading through the Spanish winemaking regions of Toro, Ribera del Duero, and Rioja. There is much to share, and much wine to tell you about, but on this Monday morning we wanted to check in with a few of the best things we've seen. Cheers!

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Wine:Thirty Flight's definitive guide to St. Thomas

We've spent the last several weeks highlighting various aspects of the great experience that is travel to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) through several posts each discussing a different element of travel to a great place. St. Thomas is an absolutely beautiful place. The rum is tasty, the people friendly, the weather delightful, and the scenery absolutely gorgeous.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles escape from the (albeit majestic) Northeast winter

Never let airline incompetence, frozen pipes, loss of heat, a police incident in your hotel, cancelled flights, driving from Boston and New York City in a blizzard, or a surprise Amtrak train ride from NYC to Washington DC when your car just can't go any further stand in your way of a good time!

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St. Louis: Great beer town, uninspiring wine situation, odd but friendly airport

I respect the city and its people because they love their baseball team more than most any other place I've visited. Sadly my travels last week had me staying somewhat suburban, rather than checking out downtown where most cities get interesting. I've yet to uncover a particular cultural affinity for wine there: it's definitely more of a beer town. Here's what I learned.

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