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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 […]

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, […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Portuguese Village of Wisdom

Photographer: Jairo BD Capture Date: December 30, 2007 Location: Coimbra, Portugal About: In regards to profound historic significance and pure enchantment, Coimbra is second only to Oporto and Sintra. Its stone facades nestle along a hill that rise above the curves of the river Mondego, the ornate buildings of the famous University of Coimbra are its crowning […]

Port: Vintage 1827, by Raymond R. Rath

What follows is part two in my telling of the story of Villar d’Allen. If you have not read part 1, please do so now. This story was originally published in 1981 by my Grandfather, retelling his experience opening a Quinta do Noval 1827. I have included footnotes to clarify some points, […]

Conxuro da Queimada: A Galician Fortified Witches Brew

Very recently, I discussed the importance of “coziness” in my life, and how wine plays a key role in facilitating that warm and inviting atmosphere. However, wine isn’t the only substance that creates such an experience; there is also Aguardiente de Orujo. Orujo, also known as augardente or caña in […]