Tag Archives: Portugal

Silent Sunday: Capela do Convento de Santa Cruz de Buçaco, Portugal

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Snapshots: Buçaco Palace Hotel, Portugal

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Buçaco Palace Hotel is located where an ancient convent used to stand. The monks of the convent created a garden to represent Mount Carmel from where the Carmelite order was founded. They left Buçaco after the dissolution of monasteries in … Continue reading

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Free Friday: Old City of Guimarães, Portugal

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Guimarães, Portugal is the ‘cradle of the Portuguese nationality’.The battle that gave birth to the country of Portugal occurred near Guimarães, and it is believed that the country’s first King, Afonso Henriques, was born there.The historic town center is a … Continue reading

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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

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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.Most of the time, bacalhau is served with potatoes. On our last night in Portugal, we had dinner at … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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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