In the summer of 2009 my goddaughter was getting married near Lisbon. This provided us with the excuse to explore Portugal for the first time, and to visit northern Spain - in particular, to make a pilgrimage to Bilbao to see Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum. And to spend some time in Madrid, a city I had always enjoyed, but which Lisa had never visited.
Our travels exceeded our expectations. We both fell in love with Portugal, discovered gems such as Obidos, Batalha and Burgos, and adored the Guggenheim. One of our best European itineraries ever.
Howard Banwell is an incurable traveller, writer and photographer who developed an interest in bird watching in 2008. Since when he has spent countless frustrating but most enjoyable days searching out birds, photographing them, and attempting to identify what he has seen and taken pictures of. Howard lives in Singapore with his wife Lisa, their Golden Retriever, Sambal, their endlessly amusing Lovebirds, Lemon and Lime, and a pond full of Koi Carp.
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