It’s a glorious April morning and I am listening to birds sing love songs in Portugal’s spring sunlight. All around me are tall stones of the Almendres Cromlech, an entire field containing nearly 100 menhirs, some with strange carvings. Their history, our guide, Carlos, tells us, is shrouded in prehistoric mist, but thought to be the work of early Iberians, perhaps of North African origin, who settled around Evora in Neolithic times (about 4000 B.C.).
Switzerland’s long-standing reputation in the world — solid, clean, outdoorsy and maybe even a little predictable — does not apply when talk turns to skiing. Even devotees of the champagne powder snow of the American Rockies have to admit that the ambience, scenery and variety of the Swiss ski experience elevate the sport from staid to spectacular.