Scenes from the Duoro River Valley, Portugal

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Postcard from Portugal

A stone hut near a tiny stream, ageless, what was it used for? Who last lived here? What kind of work did they engage in? We love stopping to capture these images as we travel the little roads of Portugal.

Along the Backroads of Portugal

A major advantage of experiencing Europe with a private guide is the ability to take the back roads, those small byways that the big buses simply don’t have time – or room – for. European Focus has traveled these roads with our guests for more than 16 years and today was no exception as we […]

Photographs on the final stretch to Santiago di Compostela, Spain

Jenean Derheim tries the traditional dish of /// in the little hamlet of

Santiago di Compostela, Spain

We made it! More than 4,300 kilometers after leaving Prague, we arrived in Santiago di Compostela, Spain on a clear and warm May evening. Unlike the thousands of pilgrims who have walked here, we immediately checked into our hotel and took a long siesta. Then, as the sun was setting, we walked the block and […]

On the way to Santiago di Compostela

A work of Gaudi in Astorga, Spain

This former Roman camp and base for the mining operations nearby is now home to some magnificent architecture including a building designed by one of Spain’s premier architects. Gaudí’s work has widespread international appeal, and there are innumerable studies devoted to his way of understanding architecture. Today he is admired by both professionals and the […]

Unforgettable night near Leon, Spain

As private guides paid well to make the right choices for our clients, tt’s always a bit of a risk when you book a place online without seeing it with your own eyes. Even as experienced private guides with more than forty years of experience between us, we feel a bit nervous when we approach […]