Tuesday, 30 July 2013

10 reasons to visit Portugal

Whether it's for; the culture, the food, the ocean or perhaps any of the other 7 reasons to visit Portugal, enjoy this video:

Thursday, 18 July 2013

From Portugal To Finland With Love!

Here's a funny video that dates back to 2011, when Finland were holding back on supporting the bailout of Portuguese banks. Originally shown at an international conference in Estoril, the collection of images with a voice-over in English appears to carry the logo of the Cascais Municipal Chamber of Commerce.
It is probably best you just watch it (see below), but alongside reciting the many and illustrious things that have occurred in Portugal's long history, the video notes that Portugal aided Finland with goods in the dark days of 1940 during the Winter War, and the question is begged that perhaps the Finns ought to be grateful enough for this to follow suit.

In retrospect it is still a funny and entertaining video worth a watch, after all who would have thought that both James Bond and Pre-paid mobile phone cards were Portuguese inventions. 

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Self guided walking tour of Porto

Visiting Porto and have a morning or afternoon free to explore? This self guided walking tour of Porto will take around 3 to 4 hours to complete. Feel free to break it up into multiple segments if you don’t have time to do it all in one day.

Begin your self guided walking tour of Porto at the Trindade metro station in the city center.
From there, walk down Rua da Trindade, take a left on Rua Fernandes Tomas, and make your way to the old iron Mercado do Bolhao market. Meander through the market stalls and stop by the Confeitaria do Bolhao across the street for a snack if you’re hungry.
Exit the market the same way you came in and take a right to see the beautiful Capela das Almas on the corner of Rua Fernandes Tomas and Rua Santa Catarina. The Capela’s striking azulejo tile facade is a preview of the many painted tiles you will see throughout your self guided walking tour of Porto.
From the Capela take a right down Rua Santa Catarina to Praca da Batalha. Stop by Majestic Cafe for a pastry and some great Art Nouveau decor on the way.
The Praca da Batalha is home to another azulejo smothered church called Igreja de Santo Ildfonso. Take in the plaza and all its bustling energy before continuing your tour.
From the Praca da Batalha, head down Rua 31 de Janeiro to Praca da Liberdade and the huge Avenida dos Aliados. Admire the buildings, and duck your head into the Sao Bento train station if you haven’t had enough of the azulejos yet.
From the adjacent Praca Almeida Garrett, walk down Rua das Flores to a Franciscan church called the Igreja de Sao Francisco. The Gothic facade is rather plain, but the Rococo interior of this masterpiece will amaze you with its gilded statues and vines.
From the Igreja de Sao Francisco walk down Rua Infante Dom Henrique and take a right on Rua das Mercadores to the Praca da Ribeira. Here you will catch your first glimpse of the Douro River.....

Read the rest of the tour here

Monday, 24 June 2013

Top 5 Things to do in Porto (Oporto)

So you're going to visit Porto and wonder what are the best things to go and see. Have a look at this article from the excellent Late Rooms.com Travel Blog and find out which tasty Portuguese snack is made with; beer, cheese, steak, ham, bread, spicy sausage and chips.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Fish and Chips not a British invention!

I had heard the rumour, but The Daily Mail has confirmed my worst fears, that most traditional of British meals, "Fish and Chips", isn't at all British and has its routes in both Portugal and Belgium.
They're a British institution as well as a national money-spinner, but how much do we really know about fish and chips?
For most of us, the classic combination of battered fish and chipped potatoes deep-fried in beef fat or vegetable oil is as English as the cup of tea that washes it down.
But just as tea originates in India or China, fish and chips is partly Portuguese and partly Belgian.
You can read more here

Monday, 10 June 2013

Beautiful, Atmospheric, Porto, Portugal

Planning a holiday to Portugal? or perhaps a business trip with some sightseeing?
Oporto, (Portuguese: Porto,) is the capital of Porto administrative district and the Douro Literal province. The city is a port located near the mouth of the Douro River, 5 miles (8 km) from the Atlantic Ocean and 170 miles (274 km) north of Lisbon.

Porto has a number of bridges spanning the Douro River, the most iconic of which is the Dom Luís Bridge, linking Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. Originally built to take road traffic on both decks, at various times it saw trams on the upper and trolleybuses on the lower. The top deck is now occupied by Line D of the Metro do Porto and a pedestrian walkway..

Here is a delightful, atmospheric video of Porto to whet your appetite.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Grimpil's Retrogress - still available on Play.com

Grimpil's Retrogress is still available in the UK for £12.78 including free delivery, you will find it here on Play.com/Books
Arriving in Oporto to select a port wine for his college, Englishman Horace Grimpil soon finds himself embroiled in the conflicting interests of the British and Portuguese communities, where he is an ignorant outsider.

This Portuguese city - a turbulent place of ambition and defiance fought over by the French and British during the Napoleonic wars - is emerging from political turmoil that left the city and its people with their wealth and society destroyed.

Mr Grimpil, however, is about to experience personal turmoil of his own. Little does he know how the passions aroused during his journey of discovery will affect his own character, or how his presence will bring to a conclusion the relentless pursuit of a political revenge spanning generations.

Read more about the book here

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