Travel Blogs from Portugal

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Trading trad skills, Malveira, Portugal travel blog

Trading trad skills

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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... excited and signed up immediately for two weeks to help prepare the land. On our way up to the project, which is near Portugal's capital Lisboa, we stopped for a night near the beach at Melides. We witnessed some wonderful churning waves (West Coast ...

Lisbon, Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal travel blog

Lisbon, Portugal

A travel blog entry by kimberlysarna

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Lisbon is SO mellow compared to South America. I'm back to using Portugeuse again, it's getting confusing. But I am only here for two days and I can put all the Spanish and Portugese behind. Lisbon is a very small city, easily walkable if you don't ...

Reflexoes, Lisbon, Portugal travel blog

Reflexoes

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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Unsurprisingly, the recession isn't helping Portugal.  Developments have been abandonned and ring roads are half built. There are unfinished houses and the new brickwork of hotels is left exposed, rapidly decaying. We were last here two years ago and ...

Fun pants - all is much better now., Loule, Portugal travel blog

Fun pants - all is much better now.

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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I used to have a "proper job". The thing that people plan as a "career". The sort that parents can be proud of, that earned good money, required a suit and qualifications that meant letters after my name. That sort of stuff.  Unfortunately it was ...

Madeira, Day 1, Caniçal, Portugal travel blog

Madeira, Day 1

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... said Funchal. I looked at Ilona and said Madeira? Way cool !!! Once landed, we grabbed a car and headed to Machico. A little bit of Portugal on an old volcanic island. It was nice and didn't take long to see, so we took some snaps and headed over towards ...

Beach bums, Pedras d'el Rei, Portugal travel blog

Beach bums

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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... and Adidas (probably knock offs), and an extraordinary amount of slippers and flat caps! Piracy laws are obviously more relaxed in Portugal, and we could easily have picked up a dodgy copy of Avatar if we hadn't been bothered about the no-doubt awful ...

In the middle of the Atlantic, Angra do Heroismo Terceira, Portugal travel blog

In the middle of the Atlantic

A travel blog entry by cemewa

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Arriving at the Azores, the island of Terceira to be precise, after years of dreaming about going to an island in the middle of the Atlantic was suitably startling.  I'm told by the weather nerd I travel with that islands are subject to independent ...

Padaria heaven!, Praia De Quiaios, Portugal travel blog

Padaria heaven!

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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Lovely beach. Friendly locals. Fabulous fresh bread.     One fisherman on the way over the dunes to the beach struck up a "conversation" with me. We chatted about the weather. He thought it was bad.  I was wearing shorts. Actions speak ...

Ancient engravings in a beautiful valley, Castelo Melhor, Portugal travel blog

Ancient engravings in a beautiful valley

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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Paleolithic engravings were found fairly recently in a valley in the north of Portugal and they've been taking visitors in by jeep for 12 years. There's no other way to see the rare engravings, and so we rang them up on the spur of the moment to see if we ...

Braganca, Bragança, Portugal travel blog

Braganca

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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On the trail of wolves, or not., Parque Natural de Montizinho, Portugal travel blog

On the trail of wolves, or not.

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The further north we drove, the less people spoke English. This time we were making ourselves understood in French. The difficulty is that our French is school-girl at best and no one else speaks French with an English accent!  However, the chap in ...

Both Spanish & Portuguese, Rio de Onor, Portugal travel blog

Both Spanish & Portuguese

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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... thanks. We crossed the border into Spain at the village, and immediately noticed the posher cobbles on the Spanish side. It felt a little strange and a little sad to leave Portugal; we had been there three months and felt pretty fondly about it!   ...

Lagos - Lazy Days., Lagos, Portugal travel blog

Lagos - Lazy Days.

A travel blog entry by heatheravan

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... the Atlantic ocean. Lagos will stay in our memories as a place to recharge our batteries with siestas and wholesome home cooked food. We moved onto the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, but only stayed one night as we had used our Lisbon days enjoying ...

The coast of Portugal, Oporto, Portugal travel blog

The coast of Portugal

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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We went south, and all of a sudden, we were in Portugal. There was no border crossing, just a sign. Welcome to Portugal. This stamp situation was looking grim. Three countries but only one stamp. We followed the road as we were heading for Oporto. Home of ...

Irritants abroad, and the eccentricity of Sintra, Sintra, Portugal travel blog

Irritants abroad, and the eccentricity of Sintra

A travel blog entry by cemewa

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... stopped and said Ho-dee-ho to the Moors. We walk the precipitous walls of the fort, which has all the historical flags of Portugal and the Moors flapping over the battlements. No visit to a Moorish castle is complete without a fez so I buy another in ...

WWOOFING IN PORTUGAL, Sacoes, Portugal travel blog

WWOOFING IN PORTUGAL

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... it's brought its own personal symphony! Beeeeee-wowww, buh-dop-buh-dah barrrrrrum ... The Top 5 Best Things About Portugal! 1. SERRA DA ESTRELA - After a week at Adam's, I hitchhiked through this mesmerizing part of Portugal. The Serra ...

Blackpool-on-the-Algarve, Albufeira, Portugal travel blog

Blackpool-on-the-Algarve

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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... the spectacular Albufeira where everyone spoke English and every cafe offered a full english breakfast for 4 euros!    Portugal's answer to Benidorm? Albufeira aside, the Algarve has some sights worth visiting, particularly if you head inland ...

Crumbling Tavira, Tavira, Portugal travel blog

Crumbling Tavira

A travel blog entry by cobi

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This is the life in Loule, Algarve, Portugal, Loule, Portugal travel blog

This is the life in Loule, Algarve, Portugal

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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    To start off, a photo to show the strenuous conditions under which I have crafted this entry...     Another couple of weeks of helpexing and this time for Mark and Sally in Loule. They are both creative people and some of ...

Rain stops play....alot., Santa Clara a Velha, Portugal travel blog

Rain stops play....alot.

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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Rain rain rain rain rain. Thunder. Lightning. Beautiful rainbow. Rain rain rain. Wind (and not just that caused by the bean soup). Is this really the sunny Portuguese winter we've come for?! Despite the very on/off weather we had a great time in Carol's ...

Port tasting, beaches and crowds!, All of Portugal in one entry, Portugal travel blog

Port tasting, beaches and crowds!

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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... by the French to protect Chritian Pilgrims from the Muslims (Moors) when they wanted to vist the holy land. Spain and Portugal were constantly fighting with the Moors over land and relgion. They took a vow of chasity so these sexually frusted kninghts ...

The bus to Faro, roast pork and homework, Sintra, Portugal travel blog

The bus to Faro, roast pork and homework

A travel blog entry by cemewa

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... there are no trains, so we bus to Faro and pick up a car there. The bus takes four hours, but arrives at 1030 because Portugal, quite sensibly, uses GMT. For the last part of the trip in Spain, the bus is the local bus, picking up folk and dropping them ...

A 'chocolate box town' in more ways than one, Obidos, Portugal travel blog

A 'chocolate box town' in more ways than one

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... weekend of the 8th International Chocolate Festival at Obidos, and it seems that they really like chocolate in this part of Portugal. There was a motorhome stopover at Obidos, just outside the magnificent town walls, and that was where we were heading. ...

Magnificent gothic monastery, Alcobaca, Portugal travel blog

Magnificent gothic monastery

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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... Obidos was the town of Alcobaca, and a visit to its famed church and monastery, the first Gothic buildings to be built in Portugal.    Building work on the monastery started in 1178, the monks moved in some 50 years later, and the church (the ...

What to do on a lovely sunny day?, grutas de mira de aire, Portugal travel blog

What to do on a lovely sunny day?

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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On a lovely sunny day we decided to go underground, as you do. We visited Grutas de Mira de Aire, Portugal's largest show caves. The caves here had been known locally for decades, but only opened to the public in 1974.  On our guided tour (in ...

Our Lady of Fatima, Fátima, Portugal travel blog

Our Lady of Fatima

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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... indeed, absolutely fascinating. And the religious souvenir shops, well.....if only we'd had room for this snowglobe!    PS. The icecream was the best in Portugal, in case you're ever in the area.       ...

The Convent of the Order of Christ, Tomar, Portugal travel blog

The Convent of the Order of Christ

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... in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch of the order was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, which supported Portugal's maritime discoveries of the 15th century.     The guidebook said that a visit to the castle and convent cost ...

Monthly Thoughts from Dennis Part 5, Lisbon, Portugal travel blog

Monthly Thoughts from Dennis Part 5

A travel blog entry by bakkepackers

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... Western Europe month. We spent the entire month in a pretty small geographic area, seeing pretty similar things in Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal. It was nice to not have to worry about drinking bad water, or crime, or people trying to sell us things ...

Architecture 301: Advanced Studies in Manueline, Lisbon, Portugal travel blog

Architecture 301: Advanced Studies in Manueline

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... contribution to Europe is its distinct style of late-Gothic architecture known as the Manueline style, named after Portugal's King Manuel I. The extravagant, extremely decorative, almost playful style incorporates a lot of nautical elements, since it ...

Tavira, Tavira, Portugal travel blog

Tavira

A travel blog entry by jag

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We ended up in Tavira on the southern shores of Portugal. We then walked about 4kms to the ferry point where we caught a boat across the 500 meters to Ilha Da Tavira. This island was an absolute dream of a place. There was a campsite in the middle of this ...

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