Thursday Doors: Biblioteca Joanina, Portugal

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King John’s Library, located at the University of Coimbra (oldest university in the country), in Coimbra, Portugal, is one of Portugal’s National Monuments. It’s a 300-year-old building that houses 55,000 books from the 18th century. It’s founder, King John V … Continue reading

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The Transient, a Haiku

“It stopped where I stood,

Squawked a hello, and was gone;

To where, I don’t know.”

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Tasty Tuesday: Bacalhau

Bacalhau, dried and salted cod, is a Portuguese staple. It is usually served on social occasions and at traditional Christmas Eve dinners.

Bacalhau served at Postigo de Carvão, Rua da Fonte Taurina 24, 4050-029 Porto, Portugal

Most of the time, bacalhau is served with potatoes. On our last night in Portugal, we had dinner at a restaurant that specializes only in serving bacalhau. 

Bacalhau served at Laurentina O Rei do Bacalhau, Av. Conde Valbom 71A, 1050-060 Lisboa, Portugal

Before the bacalhau arrived, I stuffed myself with the numerous appetizers, so I had little room left for the well presented cod dish. Caetano, the tour manager, was disappointed at my half-eaten plate. I assured him it wasn’t the dish. It was my full belly that’s to blame.

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Memento Monday: Portuguese Filigree

The Portuguese are proud of their craftsmanship which extends to jewelry-making. Their filigree works are popular for their complexity. An icon of Portuguese jewelry is the filigree heart.When in Portugal, visitors can’t help but notice the beautiful filigree jewelry on display in shopping areas. Some can’t resist to bring home a piece of this work of art.

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Silent Sunday: Porto Cathedral

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Snapshot: Arrábida Bridge, Porto 🇵🇹

When cruising the Douro River, Ponte Arrábida is one of the six bridges that river cruisers will see. The six-lane arch bridge is the closest to the mouth of the Douro River. It connects Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia, an area well-known for port wines.

Read more about the 6 Bridges River Cruise from The site lists the companies offering the cruise. Prices may have changed.

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Free Friday: Avenida dos Aliados, Porto 🇵🇹

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Avenue of the Allies is Porto’s main urban street. Visiting the boulevard exposes tourists to different architectural eras. It is also near attractions like the Sao Bento Train Station and Clerigos Tower. The prominent building in the Avenue is the … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors: Palacio da Bolsa, Porto 🇵🇹 

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This historical building in Porto, Portugal is not a stock exchange nor is it a palace, even though it’s name translates to Stock Exchange Palace. It is a monument to Portuguese civic and commercial pride. It was built by the Commercial … Continue reading

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Out of Focus in Rome

While traveling, I like to look at the scenery and snap pictures. Aboard a bus one evening in Rome, while our bus was idling waiting for traffic to clear, I attempted to take a panoramic picture of Saint Peter’s Basilica.I wasn’t happy with it, but I decided to keep it anyway thinking I may have a use for it someday. Here it is! My entry for this week’s WordPress photo challenge, focus.

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Who’s Who Wednesday: Prince Henry the Navigator 

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A statue honoring Henry the Navigator is everywhere in Portugal, a testament to how important and proud the Portuguese people are of him. Who is Prince Henry the Navigator?The Duke of Viseu, the third child of King John I of … Continue reading

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