Lodestars Issue 11 : Portugal

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Lodestars Issue 11 : Portugal

Awash with castles and cork, sunshine and salt, Portugal is a wonder, a grande dame and muse, a place to seek solace and beauty.

Here, there are island oases, pilgrimage trails, artisans and waves - azulejos and pastéis de nata - and one should feast on all that they can; climb mountains, sip Port, meander through markets, swim, savour and walk into wilderness.

Layered in history, there is a sublime sense of melancholy - an awareness of the things that have passed, matched by awe of all that remains.

Warmth, colour, tradition and light. In Portugal you have time, space and reason to feel.

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Lodestars Anthology is an independent magazine-meets-journal for curious travellers who long to be inspired, see the world and meet interesting characters along the road. Focusing on one country per issue, Lodestars is a scrapbook of place, a magazine that goes deep into the heart of a location and uncovers its quirks, flavours and splendor, taking a truly personal, beautifully crafted and slow approach to the art of travel journalism.

 With stunning photography, thoughtful and beautifully written stories, and original illustrations - produced in Bristol by a small independent press with an eye for detail and a love for print –Lodestars is a thing of beauty in its own right. You’ll probably want to keep it atop a coffee table, or perhaps you’ll want to fill it with scribblings and notes and stow it away in your travel bag for inspiration whilst on the road.

 In recent issues we’ve rambled up the Keele River by canoe; gone hawk-walking in the bonnie braes, found paradise on Lord Howe Island, been foraging at Daylesford, hitched a ride with ice-road truckers to Aklavik, and taken a turn around the garden with Antonio Carluccio . . . We’ve been for a dip in a lost lake, practiced the art of Fika in Stockholm, gone cattle-wrangling in the Kimberley, wandered Tuscan hills with saffron farmers, and much more besides.

 This year we’ve been off to say bonjour to France and namaste to India, with many more adventures to other intriguing destinations in the pipeline too.