Portugal is on my mind because of the devastating wildfires that are raging there and the loss of life. I thought I would post this article which I wrote for Binnotes in January of this year.
People say you never forget your first love. In terms of countries, Italy and France have always been on the top of my list, but this past September I was again struck with that feeling. I had met a new love, the Douro Valley in Portugal. While not my first trip to Portugal, it was [my first] to the Douro, which made me believe you can really fall in love again at any age. I know I have with the Douro Valley.
What attracted me so to the region? Firstly, the striking landscapes, with terraced vineyards everywhere made of schist and granite.