Portugal

 
  • Portugal – Another Adventure Begins

    12 August '19 -
    It has been over a year since we traveled abroad, and after much research and a session of “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe”, we decided on Portugal. Read the full post ...
  • Another Day at the Races

    16 August '19 -
    When we arrive in a new city, we love to wander. Sometimes there is a destination, and often there is none, but this day provided a surprise with plenty of ...
  • Vandalism or Genius?

    17 August '19 -
    Sanctioned or unsanctioned, love it or hate it, street art exists. Is it really art? What do you think? Read the full post here ...
  • A Walk to the Beach, and a VW Bus

    21 August '19 -
    The Douro River flows to the Atlantic from high in the mountains of Spain, passing Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia about 5 km (3 mi) from the ocean. So ...
  • A Seafood Feast

    22 August '19 -
    The alarm went off at 07h30. The day was expected to be hot, so we decided to go to Porto’s northern beach of Matosinhos, to visit the Mercado Municipal de ...
  • Traditions – old, new, and missed

    26 August '19 -
    Traditions are everywhere. Some are shrouded in the distant past, others evolve within a couple of generations. Some exist within families, communities, regions or countries, and some are merely personal. ...
  • The Festival – Viana do Castelo

    04 September '19 -
    We made plans to visit Viana do Castelo located at the mouth of the Lima River in Portugal. But we didn’t see the town, there was too much going on! ...
  • Gardens, a Museum, and Hope

    08 September '19 -
    Porto is really working hard to clean up and revitalize itself from deep economic problems of the past. Here are two examples of their progress and potential. Read the full ...
  • Nobody Knows the Tremoços We’ve Eaten

    12 September '19 -
    On settling into a new country or town, we often search out one of the “walking food tours”. Of all the things we learned on our food tour in Porto, ...
  • Aveiro – Portugal’s Little Venice

    18 September '19 -
    On the shore of a vast, coastal lagoon, Aveiro is a historically maritime city and a prosperous town with a delightful city center known for its, architecture and its highly ...
  • Guimarães – Birthplace of a Nation

    22 September '19 -
    Guimarães (him-are-esh) the birthplace of Portugal, has wonderfully preserved its past. The old city center is a labyrinth of narrow lanes and charming plazas framed by medieval edifices. Read the ...
  • Santo Tirso – What a Surprise

    02 October '19 -
    We often like to visit small, somewhat obscure towns and villages on our travels, and though we had no expectations, Santo Tirso certainly turned out to be unexpectedly delightful. Read ...
  • Braga

    17 October '19 -
    The alarm on Jeannie’s tablet woke us early to catch the 08h45 train for our overnight in Braga, Portugal’s 3rd largest city, built more than 2,000 years ago. It was ...
  • Azulejos

    18 October '19 -
    The dictionary definition is rather dry – “a kind of glazed colored tile traditionally used in Spanish and Portuguese buildings.” But the reality is that azulejos a beautiful presence throughout ...
  • Passadicos do Paiva

    03 November '19 -
    The need to get out into nature led us to discover the ruggedly beautiful scenery of the Paiva Walkways in Portugal’s Arouca Geopark. The 8.7 km (5.4 mi) long trail ...
  • Coimbra – Day 1

    13 November '19 -
    Our stay in northern Portugal was coming to an end, but before heading south, there was time for another overnight trip out of Porto. Read the full post here ...
  • O Segundo Dia em Coimbra

    15 November '19 -
    Our second day in Coimbra again began overcast with a light rain. Undeterred, we roamed off to other areas of town, the remarkable Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, a ...
  • A Porto Six-Pack – 1

    10 December '19 -
    Porto was a wonderful city, but there were too many sights to devote a post to each, so here is the first “six-pack” to highlight some of the sights, architecture, ...
  • A Porto Six-Pack – 2

    26 December '19 -
    As with the previous post,  there were too many wonderful things in Porto to devote a post to each. This is the second “six-pack” to share some more of the ...
  • Departing Porto

    09 January '20 -
    We were packed. The taxi was on its way to take us to the train station to depart Porto. I can’t say that I was really ready to go, but ...
  • Évora – a Royal City

    11 January '20 -
    In our move from Porto and to Lisbon, we first wanted to visit one of Portugal’s best preserved medieval towns, because of its extensive history and proximity to several Neolithic ...
  • Lisbon Begins

    28 January '20 -
    After Porto, Évora, and the other charming Portuguese towns and villages, we weren’t sure what to expect from Lisbon, but what we found exceeded our expectations at every turn. Read ...
  • A Stroll to the Tejo

    01 March '20 -
    Lisbon is a wonderful place to walk in spite of the hills. We took a very interesting stroll that began near the center of the city. Downhill, the whole way. ...
  • Lisbon’s Trams

    02 March '20 -
    While getting around this city is best done on foot, the city’s public transportation system works well, but the 100+ year old trams are the most charming and fun. Read ...
  • Heading West to Belém

    04 March '20 -
    Originally, Belem was the location of Lisbon’s shipyards and docks, and was the starting point for the Portuguese voyages that discovered sea routes to India, East Africa and Brazil. ...
  • Comida, Gloriosa Comida!

    08 March '20 -
    Food, Glorious Food! We’ve frequently been asked, what do you like best about travel? There is never a simple answer. Well, Chris says all good, … Read the full post ...
  • Óbidos – the Queen’s Town

    17 April '20 -
    The one-hour bus ride from Lisbon was comfortable and scenic, taking us to the village of Óbidos, the most well preserved medieval town in Portugal. Read the full post here ...
  • LX Factory

    28 May '20 -
    Rising amidst the industrial bones and old walls of an abandoned industrial complex, the LX Factory now houses one of Lisbon’s most eclectic attractions. Read the full post here ...
  • Three Museums in Lisbon

    08 June '20 -
    While we were in Lisbon we visited many excellent museums. Here are three very different exhibit spaces showing three very different types of art. Read the full post here ...
  • Street Art in Lisbon

    10 June '20 -
    Not all good art is in museums. A stroll through Lisbon’s hilly streets quickly reveals an open-air art scene as vibrant and exciting as any we have seen anywhere. ...