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Tag Archives: Portugal

Where to Find the Best Carnival Celebrations in Portugal

Carnival conjures images of brightly decorated floats, scantily clad dancing women, and a party that lasts for weeks on end, equivalent to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Of any other celebration, Carnival is beloved in Europe! (photo by Rosino) But what is Carnival? Historically, during the six weeks of Lent, one was expected to be conservative in […]

Portuguese Wines to Ward Off the Winter

 I know it’s a bit obvious, but I think it’s worth restating, it’s damn cold; so cold that an unlimited supply of wool blankets and crackling fireplaces won’t eradicate the persistent, internal chill. During these trying times, I find myself reaching for liquid comfort when the mercury dips below zero, preferably from a fortified or rich […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Setting Sun Over Portugal

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: November 29, 2014 Location: Figueira da Foz, Portugal About: As legend has it, Figueira da Foz is named after a fig tree which stood at the quay of Salmanha where the fisherman used to dock their boats; while Figueira derived from the word “fagaria”, which means “opening, huge mouth”. Regardless […]

Friday Feature Photo: Centuries-Old Quinta do Noval

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: February 15, 2011 Location: Porto, Portugal About: Century old bottles of Quinta do Noval collect layers of dust, waiting for that one singular moment when they can sing their story. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target […]

Interview with Nelson Carvalheiro: Award Winning Portuguese Travel Writer

Editor’s Note: Today we’re heading off the beaten path to introduce Nelson Carvalheiro, an award winning Portuguese travel and photo blogger who’s been garnering heaps of attention for his dynamic and passionate tales. We, however, are more interested in what causes saudades (homesickness) when he’s thousands of miles from home.  What instigated your desire to […]

Eat Like A Local: the Best Portuguese and Spanish Restaurants in the USA

Portugal is synonymous with meandering alleys adorned with dancing laundry. The faded florals of sun-bleached sheets, starched by heat of the sun, among a waterfall of socks flowing across the lines. When we’re not picking our way carefully across the uneven stones worn smooth and often slick from the rain, we look […]

Traditions of a Portuguese New Year: It all comes down to your underwear

My first New Years in Portugal was spent in Lisbon, gazing out across the city to the Tejo river, where the yearly fireworks would flare up and burst in a spectacular display of color. Underneath the technicolor display, a cacophony of banging pots and pans alongside honking car horns rang in o Ano Novo. […]