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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Lisbon - Our Flat in the Bairro Alto

We've found  what looks like a lovely flat for our one month stay in Lisbon next January. Its in the center of the Bairro Alto a trendy historic area in the center of Lisbon. With two beds and two baths we'll have lots of space for guests but I'm not sure too many friends will be coming to Lisbon in January!
The living room is quite spacious and looks out on the street. The reviews mention that it's quite a lively area and therefore noisy - but thankfully the bedrooms are in the back. There's a large kitchen which looks fully equipped.
The reviews mention that it's quite a lively area and therefore noisy - but thankfully the bedrooms are in the back. Both the bedrooms and the kitchen open up onto this small patio.
There is also a second small living room with a sofa bed.

We rented the place through which is owned by the same people as which we've used for rentals before. Because we're renting for a month off season the rate is much more affordable. I haven't been to Portugal since the 1980s and I think it's probably a different country, we're very much looking forward to January in Lisboa!


Listing details would be much appreciated, as we're headed to Lisbon late November 2016.
Colorado traveler, there is a link above just click on

Or here's the link again , enjoy Lisbon it's an amazing place!