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The Algarve

Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | Views [643]

No one will ever mistake the Algarve for Cape Cod.  Or Almafi.  Except for the T-shirt and surf shops, neither does it resemble the Jersey Shore.  Portugal’s “Riviera” covers nearly 200 km of coastline from the charming ... Read more >

Lisbon and Belem

Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | Views [626]

Lisbon always seemed both sinister and romantic, a haven for spies, traitors, smugglers and other characters.  But that was the Lisbon of 75 years ago.  I’ve always yearned to see Lisbon but I might have well yearned for the pre-... Read more >

Around Lisbon

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | Views [420]

Affordable lodging with free parking is hard to find in Lisbon, especially during the Lisbon Festival.  Finding Casa Shanti is never easy.  We decided to stay at this 300 year-old farm in Mafra and commute to Sintra, Belem and Lisbon. ... Read more >

Obidos, Navare and Marvao

Sunday, 16 Jun 2013 | Views [803]

The three towns are as different as could be.  They aren’t listed in the same guidebooks; they’re not even in the same part of the country.  All they have in common is their cuteness. Obidos is the quintessential tourist trap.... Read more >

Fatima - It's A Miracle!

Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | Views [1351]

Miracles hardly happen any more.  Two of the more recent ones, sightings of the Virgin, took place in Lourdes, France and here in Portugal at Fátima.  More coincidence than miracle, we visited each exactly two years apart. In 1858 ... Read more >

Tomar and Batalha

Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | Views [525]

Convents, monasteries, cathedrals, Cistercians, Dominicans.  It’s almost like being back in England.  But in Portugal, absent Henry VIII, many of the convents and monasteries haven’t been left in ruins.  Take the Convent at ... Read more >

Pedro ❤️ Inés

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Views [1306]

Alcobaça makes a great base to explore the World Heritage sites in central Portugal.  It's within 50-or so kilometers of Tomar, Fatima, Nazare and Batalha.  And the hotel Santa Maria is the perfect place to stay . . . for a night, or ... Read more >


Sunday, 9 Jun 2013 | Views [806]

School's out in Coimbra, Portugal's answer to Salamanca.  The University, founded in 1290, is housed in the former royal palace from the days when Coimbra was the capital.  The old university has expanded since then but today's 25,000 students ... Read more >

Guimarães and Porto

Friday, 7 Jun 2013 | Views [658]

Portugal has a history of exploration from Henry the Navigator to Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan, fearless men who defined what we know of our planet in the 15 th Century.  Our satellite navigator, “Sir Clive,” seems to be intimidated ... Read more >

Any Port in A Storm

Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | Views [595]

Our hostess, Monica, said we were the first ever Americans to stay at Casa do Brasao – in fact, tonight we were the only occupants. Casa do Brasao is a 17 th Century home cum hotel in Tabuaço, complete with many of the original furnishings.... Read more >

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Thursday, 2 May 2013 | Views [1290]

This was my second visit to Portugal without ever setting foot on the mainland.  But we will soon remedy that!  And it was wonderful to stretch our legs on dry land after a week of pitching and rolling at sea. Madeira, like Jeremiah the ... Read more >

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