I know you have all been waiting on tenterhooks to find out when Perfectly Planned Travel is going to be launched.
The wait is almost over. We are in the process of “testing” it — I think the technical term is Beta Test — to see if the Questionnaire response works, that I can send people a bill (and they can pay via Paypal), and some smaller technical stuff.
Turns out, all of this takes time and skill. The skill comes from Julie DeNeen, who also designed this blog — I’m the one who needs to be patient.
If you all remember, PPT is a personalized travel service, focused on trips to England, Portugal, and Provence. Portugal is one of my all time favorite places and just this morning the New York Times listed the Alentejo region of Portugal as number 38 of its 52 Places to Go in 2015.
We just loved the Alentejo. The short piece in the Times talks a lot about the wines — which are just superb — and the new chic resort hotels that are cropping up all over. It doesn’t mention the amazingly friendly people, almost all of whom speak English, the fabulous food, and the lovely small towns and villages.
There is a low keyed elegance about this area of Portugal, with its plain yet charming whitewashed buildings and rows and rows of cork and olive trees climbing up the hills.
Here’s some photos from our trip in 2012.
We stayed in this gorgeous inn in Borba, near the Spanish border. Pretty much all of Portugal is near the Spanish border, actually, since the entire country is only 135 miles wide! The owners were so gracious and kind and, as you can see from the photo above, have wonderful taste. I loved the food in Portugal so much, that Rita, the owner, gave me one of her cookbooks!
Soon Perfectly Planned Travel will be ready to help plan your trip to Portugal. We’re almost there.