Travel Blogs from Portugal

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Loving Loule, Loule, Portugal travel blog

Loving Loule

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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... as the Dordogne, the firewood pile is a status symbol. The neater and squarer and of course the larger the better! Houses in Portugal have much smaller stocks but the one I made from the tree trimmings was designed to be admired!. Each time we checked ...

A weekend with the windy West Coast waves, Carrapateira, Portugal travel blog

A weekend with the windy West Coast waves

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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... (ahem) we were packed and ready to leave for a weekend jaunt to the allegedly very lovely, rugged and windswept West Coast of Portugal. Except Brian wouldn't start as she had a flat battery, which was odd because it had only ten days since we had ...

Last week in Cascais, Cascais, Portugal travel blog

Last week in Cascais

A travel blog entry by glynisbloy

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... Moors and used by them as a royal palace. With help from European crusaders travelling to The Holy Land, it was captured by Portugal's first king and then named for St. George - the patron saint of England. Visible from most places in Lisbon, the castle ...

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Lisbon, Portugal travel blog

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... quite a few different places, even had a stint in hospital, but what really stands out in my mind has been the reaquaintence with Portugal, so why stop when you are having fun. This weeks destination is the capital, a place we haven't been to in over ...

Bom Dia!, Santa Clara a Velha, Portugal travel blog

Bom Dia!

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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... ingress in the back windows is proving manageable, and when we have another sunny day we'll do some more sealing up.  Portugal seems to be a really lovely country, and far more beautiful and varied than the bits of Spain we saw as we drove through ...

Our first week in the Algarve, Quarteira, Portugal travel blog

Our first week in the Algarve

A travel blog entry by glynisbloy

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We've learned this summer how relatively easy it is to become accustomed to new surroundings and "new homes" - something that we had already suspected. After a few days of walking the local streets and using local shops, we're settled into Albufeira and ...

Music and medronho, Santa Clara a Velha, Portugal travel blog

Music and medronho

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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An overnight trip up into the Alentejo to see our previous host and friend Carol coincided with a performance of Appallachian music by Phil from Oz and Eric from Estonia. The newly formed Alvorada string duo caused a sensation at the local ...

Stoned in Portugal, Belmonte, Portugal travel blog

Stoned in Portugal

A travel blog entry by cemewa

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... a farmer riding a donkey cart into the village of Casteleiro. There is something both quaint and comforting about seeing a donkey cart. Portugal has suffered from the GFC, but it is not an impoverished country. The farmer in the donkey cart seemed natural ...

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 ...

Horsing around, Ourique, Portugal travel blog

Horsing around

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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We've gotten very behind on our blog! Mainly due to lack of internet access and working very hard ;-) So, to catch up....   Alex had been around horses a lot when she was younger so was actually looking forward to a couple of weeks on a small ...

Before the Walk, Porto, Portugal travel blog

Before the Walk

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... people arrived in Santiago, but only 125000 walked from the France/Spain starting point. The next most popular was to walk from Portugal, and with only 10000 people arriving last year, it seemed like the place to be. The next point that slightly bothered ...

Silves, Silves, Portugal travel blog

Silves

A travel blog entry by glynisbloy

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... walk up to the castle we stopped to take a look at the cathedral, which is the best preserved gothic cathedral in southern Portugal. Situated close to the castle it also has has Moorish roots - being built on the site of a ruined mosque. Construction ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

First few days in Albufeira, Albufeira, Portugal travel blog

First few days in Albufeira

A travel blog entry by glynisbloy

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... bars & all the shops.......shoes and shirts do not seem to be required! When deciding on Albufiera for the final part of our visit to Portugal, we knew that it would be busy - at least for the first week or two - and it is! Once a fishing village, ...

Falling in love with Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal travel blog

Falling in love with Lisbon

A travel blog entry by grizzly

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On my way to Cape Verde from Madeira, I decided to have a 4 days stop Portugal where I explored and fell in love with Lisbon. Lisbon is a happening place full of character, culture, tiles history and a booming technology industry. I also went up to Sintra ...

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 ...

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.

A travel blog entry by lifeinbrian

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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!   ...

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

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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

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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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 ...

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