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Easter Time in Portugal (2015)

Our friend and her daughter brought over a cake

Easter is a time for huge celebrations in Portugal and that is certainly true in the village where my parents live. On Good Friday there were loud bangers (like fireworks but without the prettiness) going off from early morning until very late at night. Poppy parked herself in her favourite position under the kitchen table and considered leaving […]

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Scrappy shearing, gardening and the generosity of neighbours

Flowers around the well

Once again my heart is warmed by how generous the Portuguese are. Within a day of getting to Portugal my parents had their neighbours popping by and welcoming them back. They brought fruit and veg around, such as these oranges: These were promptly squeezed into orange juice! Mmmm! One of our closest neighbours, Amelia, made a […]

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Portugal 2014 has come to a close

What a year it has been. Mum and Dad are now back in England for the Winter but not a day goes by where they’re not thinking about Portugal and all their friends over there. They packed up the car and left for England on the same day that the roof job came to a finish so […]

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A Trip to Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal

On a gondola tour of Aveiro

After Jon and I left Porto we decided to make a fleeting overnight stay in the city of Aveiro, which is on the coast of Central Portugal. Aveiro is dubbed the ‘Venice of Portugal’ due to it’s Venice-like canals, bridges and gondola boats (known as ‘moliceiros’). We arrived at Aveiro train station late in the afternoon on […]

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A Day in Coimbra

View of the highway bridge 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)

A band playing and people dancing

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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