More postcards from Madeira.

On our final day in Madeira, V's meetings ended early and we were able to explore together. I saved most of the island's highlights for us to see together. We had a fantastic day discovering the western half of the island. Our first stop was the little port of Camara de Lobos, a tiny fishing …

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Madeira: more than just a wine.

After the south of France, the next stop on my grand tour of following V on his business trips was Madeira. Madeira is a small island in the middle of the Atlantic, part of Portugal but closer to Africa. It's famous for its eponymous wine, but it's really a remarkable place beyond that. The steep …

How the other half lives.

The Côte d'Azur... what a gorgeous place. V's sister and I had a glorious few days exploring the French Riviera: Cannes, Nice, Monaco, and the surrounding area. It's always sunny, the hilly seaside towns give everyone a view of the sparkling Mediterranean, and the food is fresh and delicious. Its landscape and architecture reminded me …