Tag Archives: Portugal

Roughin’ It

It’s impressive how wild poppies adapt to a certain environment to thrive. These caught my attention as they gave color to a grainy, rough, and stony path.  Props to wild poppies!

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Unusual Point of View

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I'm not one who seeks unusual points of view while traveling, but once in a while, I get inspired by the place I'm visiting. I took this picture from the tower of a medieval castle in the municipality of Castelo … Continue reading

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Thursday Door: San Francisco Church, Porto đź‡µđź‡ą

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Igreja de SĂŁo Francisco is Porto’s gothic-style church. The inside is best known for its baroque decorations.The church is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Portugal.

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Tasty Tuesday: Grilled Sardines

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Summertime is grilled sardines season in Portugal. June 13, Saint Anthony’s Day is celebrated by snacking on grilled sardines. On our visit to Alfama in the beginning of June, the celebration has commenced. Stalls lined the festive streets and the … Continue reading

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Memento Monday: Rooster of Barcelos Dish Towel

I haven’t heard about the legend of the Rooster of Barcelos before my visit to Portugal. Our tour manager was happy to relate why there were so many rooster souvenirs everywhere in Portugal.The legend goes that an innocent man was … Continue reading

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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 GuimarĂŁes, Portugal

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GuimarĂŁes, Portugal is the ‘cradle of the Portuguese nationality’.The battle that gave birth to the country of Portugal occurred near GuimarĂŁes, 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

Squawked a hello, and was gone; Continue reading

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