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Tag Archives: Portugal

Catavino’s Top 10 Tips for Traveling in Portugal: Ditch the High Heels!

I adore a stunning pair of high heels. I’m not talking about the mammoth spikes that can alternatively be used as an assault weapon, or block heels that make you walk like un-oiled stick figure; I’m referring to the elegant sensible heels that sculpt your legs into sumptuous, sleek delectables. That said, Portugal is not […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Lush Green Landscape of Portugal

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: October 16, 2014 Location: Douro, Portugal About: Lush, green, gorgeous – these three words have described northern Portugal over and over again. It’s a land rich in moss, wild mushrooms and vines. It’s no wonder that wine here is called “Vinho Verde” (green wine). Desktop Wallpaper: To download this […]

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 […]