Category Archives: Portugal

Best Nine Instagram Photos for 2015

These are my nine most “liked” photos on Instagram for the year. Four are châteaux of the Loire and two are the flowers in my garden! Top: Chenonceau, Sully, my wisteria Middle: Grenada, foie gras and vouvray in front of our fireplace, Chambord … Continue reading

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Travelling Highlights of 2014 and ideas for 2015

Venice, Germany and Lisbon, in that order, outside France, and Turquant near Chinon, closer to home. Venice comes first because of our wonderful gondola experience (which sounds very touristy I know)  and all our other less touristy visits as it … Continue reading

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Lisbon – an iconic tram, a hilltop castle, La Fontaine’s fables and a sublime view

It’s an intermittent fast day so we prepare a picnic to eat in nearby Estrela Gardens with their exotic trees and shrubs and 19th century bandstand, obviously a Saturday rendez-vous for the locals. There’s even an outdoor cinema. What a pity it’s in … Continue reading

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Sintra – A Lovely Palace and a Yellow Monster

We’ve checked the weather and it looks like it isn’t going to rain. We walk down to Rossio Station to take the train to Sintra. We’re amazed to see the long queue of people, even at the ticket machines. We … Continue reading

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A Marvellous Monastery in Belem, Lisbon

What I love most about travelling is coming across something that is totally unexpected, totally overwhelming and totally unforgettable. It can be the Rheinfalls in Germany, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Tasman’s Arch in Tasmania, the Cathedral in Reims, Plitvice … Continue reading

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Lisbon in the Rain and More Great Panoramas

After virtually no sleep during our first night in Lisbon due to a barking dog, jets constantly flying overhead, merry makers under our window, the arrival of the rubbish truck at 1.30 pm with much clashing and clanging and shouting, leg cramps from … Continue reading

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Friday’s French in Portugal

My first contact with Portuguese was during my honours year of university in Australia when I studied and fell in love with Romance Linguistics, which is the story of how Latin turned into Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian. It … Continue reading

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First Impressions of Lisbon

When we arrived in Lisbon at 4 pm, it was 26°C, a welcome change from Paris. We walked from our home exchange on the western tip of Barrio Alto down to the Tagus and back to get a feel of the city. Here … Continue reading

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Weekly Blogger Round-Up: Visiting Lisbon – Parliament House in Budapest – Being Polite in French

This week’s Blogger Round-Up takes us to Lisbon in Portugal with Jenny and John in Brittany, a place that is definitely on my shortlist while Adelina from Pack Me To visits the inside of the Parliament Building in Budapest which … Continue reading

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