04/09/2014 02:01 pm ET Updated Jun 09, 2014

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Portugal

I've been giddier than usual this week as I'm finalizing my travel plans for 2014. I've got an amazing itinerary promising four months of fun and learning--and there'll be lots of great new information to share. I'll be vigorously posting almost daily from some of my favorite European destinations. And for the next week or so until I fly away, we're running video clips to get us all in the mood.

My first stop is Portugal, one of Europe's most unsung, misunderstood, and underrated destinations. It's quirky, cheap, accessible, and you'll rarely find tourist crowds. This clip of Lisbon's salty Alfama quarter reminds me why Portugal is one of my favorite corners of Europe.