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A Day in Coimbra

Since my parents bought their home in Portugal I’ve always wanted to spend a day exploring the city of Coimbra (pronounced Kwim-brah), central Portugal. When Jon came to visit Portugal for a week we caught a train and did just that! Coimbra reminds me of Canterbury, which was where I went to university. The city does […]

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Feira da Castanha (Chestnut festival)

November is a popular month for chestnut festivals across the whole of Portugal. Last Saturday I went with Nuno to a chestnut festival in the nearby village of Soito, Serra do Açor. When we turned up there was a heap of straw ablaze on the street cobbles, an accordion playing and people dancing together. What an […]

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The ‘orca’ of Portugal

This post title is deliberately misleading, sorry! When travelling along the road near the town of Carregal do Sal there is a large wooden billboard that alludes to a nearby ‘point of interest’, specifically one that refers to the ‘Orca de Santo Tisco’. When passing it I would think ‘What? Killer whales in Portugal?!’ and […]

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Lunch with the Fidalgo Family

My parents recently had the Fidalgo family around for lunch. Do you remember the article about how we swapped 20 bamboo poles for 16 eggs and 3 batches of lettuce? Amelia has quickly become a good friend and on a weekly basis supplies my parents with all sorts of amazing foods from her garden, including tomatoes, […]

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The day of the Chicken Festival (Mega Cabidela!)

On the 9th of June 2013 my parents attended a ‘mega cabidela’ festival in the town of Cabanas de Virato, which is the town where the war hero Mendes was born and grew up. It was a charity event for the Bombeiros, who are volunteer firefighters. Unlike in the UK, in Portugal the firefighters have a […]

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