Posts Tagged ‘Portugal’

Azores – a week on Sao Miguel Island Day 6 – Furnas, Gorreana Tea Plantation, Ponta Formoso and Moheina beach

Azores – a week on Sao Miguel Island Day 6 – Furnas, Gorreana Tea Plantation, Ponta Formoso and Moheina beach

They say meat cooked under the earth tastes better.  The meat stew (a delicious combination of pigs ears and chicken, with sliced cabbage and carrots thrown in for good measure), cooked underground for 7 hours using the natural heat from the volcanic earth,  tastes slightly sulphurous (boiling pots are wrapped in cloth to keep the […]

Azores – a week on Sao Miguel Island Day 5 – Sete Cidades, Mosteiros, Ferreira

Azores – a week on Sao Miguel Island Day 5 –  Sete Cidades, Mosteiros, Ferreira

We gave in and hired a car today – smart move, SMART car, for 30 euros a day, in a bid to reach one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal – Sete Cidades.  We packed sandwiches, cobbled together from the bland breakfast buffet at the hotel, and headed off into the hills in search […]

Azores – A week on Sao Miguel Island Days 3 and 4 – Whale Watching, Ponta Delgada, and Sao Roque

Azores – A week on Sao Miguel Island Days 3 and 4 – Whale Watching, Ponta Delgada, and Sao Roque

The weather in the Azores is notoriously unpredictable – there are 4 seasons in one day,  and the weather changes all the time, according to the locals.  Unfortunately for us, when it got to rain, the changing stopped.  And so the next 2 days were spent in a kind of limbo, but were certainly not […]

Azores – A Week on Sao Miguel Island Day 2 – Lagoa Do Fogo and Caldeira Velha

Azores – A Week on Sao Miguel Island Day 2 – Lagoa Do Fogo and Caldeira Velha

The local panadarias in Portugal are a delight.  There’s never a need to fork out for a fancy hotel buffet, not when you can have delicious ham and cheese pastries, a bola de arroz (rice cup cake), and a coffee surrounded by locals and local noises – the clattering of coffee cups, the metallic ring […]

Portugal – Alto Douro (Pinhao and Provesende)

Portugal – Alto Douro (Pinhao and Provesende)

It’s one of the most beautiful train journeys in Europe.  Two and half hours from Porto on the train from the majestic Sao Bento train station (with a change at Campana), the train trundles past largely residential scenes for the first 90 minutes, but then, if you sit on the right side, the views are […]

Porto Photographs – new snaps ready!

Porto Photographs  – new snaps ready!

I’ve got some lovely snaps of Porto, Portugal.  Check them out on my Smugmug site: Porto Photos 

Porto – first impressions

Porto – first impressions

My wife and I arrived in Porto on the 20th September 2016.  Our birthday.  Blue skies and warm weather greeted us.  We checked into Boavista Palace serviced apartments, lovely, modern, clean….and in a decent location, 5 minutes walk from the Rotunda da Boavista and all its shops, and the Casa Da Musica, which is probably […]

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