Forget Vasco de Gama! He's old news in a new Portugal that's drawing in more and more visitors each year, all eager to explore the cultural riches and physical beauty of this potent sliver of a country. In this week's appearance, Pauline Frommer talks about:

  • The economics of visiting Portugal.
  • The country's affordable lodging gems: its pousadas.
  • Why the fall is such a terrific time to go, from wine crushing fests to the yearly pilgrimage to Fatima.
  • Fado clubs, and why they're difficult for outsiders to appreciate.

... and more. Please tune in.

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