Subject Archive

Welcome to the archive

This is where you need to come to find previous post that might be of interest to you and perhaps to dip into different ideas that may become future passions. Here you will find posts on topics such as: food, buildings, markets, language, places to stay, festivals, people, customs, crafts, music, history...

Click on the red letters to go to the appropriate area. Eg if music is your thing, go to M and look at the posts beneath. I hope you find something which fascinates you as much as it has done me. Good Luck!

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N O P Q R S T U V W Z Y Z

Azores
Tranquility and Turbulence in Portugal
How the cars in Portugal are like Scottish Haggis
Serendipity and St Michael the archangel
The convent of Sao Francisco: austere echoes of the past in modern comfort
The Azores: they're way out man


B
Buildings

The peopling of Portugal - a towering achievement
The Spa that got lost - a architectural gem of wrought iron and glass
Palm Saturday - if there is such a thing - in Caminha
Bom Jesus punishes a hypocrite 
Singing the blues in Portugal

Building a house
Our house: a spectacular view to wake up to
Bruno: our architect
The die is cast - the building contract signed
Update on building a house - things grind to a halt
The Phoenix House - the building re-starts
The drive to finish our house

C
Countryside
January in the Serra da Estrela - and a warm welcome in the Pousada de Manteigas
Animal Elegance: Minhoto cattle
Uncontrolled immigration blights Portugal
A September increase in the birthrate? Or in exhibitionism
Weep! Weep for Portugal
The colour purple: Portugal goes wisterical

Crafts
A love affair with cork leather

Customs
Spiritual Support in Lindoso
Tradition is alive and flourishing in the Minho

F
Festival
Festival of Nossa Senhora da Luz
Ponte de Lima Powers ahead
Ponte de Lima lit up in celebration
The Language of Flowers - the meaning of a carnation
The Vaca das Cordas - a cow and bull story from Ponte de LIma
Portugal's Celtic Fringe? The bagpipes of the Minho
Palm Sunday - procession or cortège
High days and holidays in Calheiros

Food
Pasteis de nata
Matando saudades - easing the pain of homesickness for Portugal
Looking after both you and your breakfast: the Count of Calheiros revives an ancient craft.
Majestic, crumbling, restored: Porto today
A chat by the fireside in the Saber ao Borralho restaurant: food for thought as well as the stomach
How do you eat well in Portugal?  Go where the locals go.
Loafing around Valongo
I'm no longer as green as I used to be but the wine still is!

H
History
Hospitality and History at the Casa do Outeiro
The peopling of Portugal - a towering achievement
From Crusader to Count: the story of the Almadas of Lanheses
Righting a wrong
Standing on the shoulders of giants

Ideas
Bus seats: the simplest ideas are often the best
Airport toilets: another great idea

L
Language
Madam, you look exquisite." "How dare you, Sir?" And with that she slapped him.
Were the Portuguese ahead of the game where diesel is concerned?

M
Music
Protest, Demonstration and Song
The Broom in Flower and Protest Songs
Portugal's Celtic Fringe? The bagpipes of the Minho
Saudade and the metal stringed guitar

P
People
Matando saudades - easing the pain of homesickness for Portugal
Bruno: our architect
Eusebio and 1960s protest humour
Looking after both you and your breakfast: the Count of Calheiros revives an ancient craft.
Over the Hills and Far away
A model to follow...if you can
Flags at half-mast for the sun of a preacher man
The River Douro and its protector baron
Foraging in Lanheses
Immigration: the other side of the coin
The most important man in the village

Products

One Shade of Grey
What a corker!
I'm no longer as green as I used to be but the wine still is!
A love affair with cork leather


Places to stay
Hospitality and History in the Casa do Outeiro
Festival of Nossa Senhora da Luz
From Crusader to Count: the story of the Almadas of Lanheses
January in the Serra da Estrela - and a warm welcome in the Pousada de Manteigas
The Paço de Calheiros; tradition, continuity and modernity
Foreign lands, fables and fantasy: worlds of wonder decorate the Casa de Sezim
Fairy Tale Bussaco Palace - or should that be Bucaço Palace?
Flor da Rosa - home of the Knights of St John

S
Spas
The Spa that got lost - the Termas de Peso at Melgaço
The VIla do Geres Spa and a new take on the Story of Stone Soup

Sport

The Mamils of Mondim and the Rui Costa and Nelson Oliveira effect.

T
Towns and Villages
So why settle in Ponte de Lima?
In the heat of the night
The strange Sarcophogi of Soajo
Ponte de Lima lit up in celebration
Lindoso and an entrepreneur of yesteryear
Palm Saturday - if there is such a thing - in Caminha
Lonesome Fernando on top of the world
Majestic, crumbling, restored: Porto today
Over the hills and far away
Rejoicing in Lindoso



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