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Tag Archives: Culture

Barry Hatton: 5 Historical events to understand the Portuguese

Editor’s Note: Several months ago, we stumbled upon Barry Hatton’s book, “The Portuguese: A Modern History,” and found ourselves captivated. Very few books cover Portuguese culture and history in English, and of those that do, even fewer bring to the light the incredible successes and struggles that plague the nation. As an […]

The Disruptive Diva of Portuguese Jewelry

Editor’s Note: Meet Sofia Henriques, the stunning jewelry maker behind the limited edition pieces of SHAMA. After stalking her on various social sites, mesmerized by her work – including her Disruptive Diva necklace – I eventually sweet-talked her into lunch at Chef Kiko’s A Cevicheria in downtown Lisbon where we spent the better part of an afternoon […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Card Sharks of Madrid

Photographer: Adam Jason Moore Capture Date: June 12, 2013 Location: Madrid, Spain About: Despite their slow methodical approach, and deep-inset wrinkles, you won’t find more sly or wily players on this side of the Peninsula. Card games have long been enjoyed as a Spanish past time, and will often consist of: Loba, Botifarra, Chinchon, and […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Prolific Portuguese Poet

Photographer: Pedro Ribeiro Simões Capture Date: March 30, 2015 Location: Lisbon, Portugal About: The famed Portuguese poet and writer, Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) , was respected not only for the quality and breadth of his work, but for the work of his 75 alter egos. Rather than call them pseudonyms, because he didn’t feel it captured their true […]

Portuguese Chocolate Rivals Belgium’s Finest

Smooth bittersweet chocolate on the tongue is one of the more indulgent treats to enjoy. It has a richness that the lighter, milkier counterpart just can’t seem to compare to. Luckily for me and all the other dark chocolate lovers out there, Portugal has a similar love for this sort […]

Alghero: Where Catalan and Sardinian Cuisine Merge

Imagine a social event in Italy or Spain and you are likely to conjure up images of long lunches over copious glasses of wine, children running amok among 1,001 family members, a powerful mother figure who unequivocally has the final word, and ridiculous amounts of food. While these two countries […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Evolution from Mosque to Portuguese Cathedral

Photographer: Bert Kaufmann Capture Date: June 5, 2009 Location: Sé de Lisboa, Portugal About:  Sé de Lisboa (Lisbon cathedral) was built shortly after the reconquest of Lisbon from the Moors in 1147. Many years later, having being significantly modified after the 1755 earthquake and restored at the beginning of the 19th and 20th centuries, […]

The “Gangsta” Graffiti Grandmothers of Portugal

Her arthritic hand gently traced the oblong scales and swooping contours, softly smiling at its whimsy. “It’s lovely,” she whispers,” the artist must feel the spirit of the ocean as much as I do. Even at its most terrifying, I’m always drawn to it…but I guess that’s true of most Portuguese.” Adjusting her bags, she […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Gentle Men of Chaves

Photographer: Jairo Capture Date: December 29, 2007 Location: Chaves, Portugal About: Portugal has a sweet and intimate relationship with birds, a cultural affinity that borders on guardianship. Every city park has their fleet of wild birds, every square has their residential flock, though none as prevalent as the pigeon. With heaps of […]

Top 10 Surf Schools in Spain and Portugal

Beyond the festivals, concerts and cultural activities in Portugal, lies a community of people who exist to ride the waves. This isn’t just a hobby for them, it’s a way of life! What makes Iberia unique is that each and every beach hosts its own culture, a place where the wave […]