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The ‘orca’ of Portugal

Laura sat on the Orca de Santo Tisco

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 […]


Culture: The House of Aristides de Sousa Mendes

Aristides de Sousa Mendes House/Casa from the front roof is caved in

Don’t worry guys, our roof hasn’t collapsed! This mansion (Casa do Passal) belonged to a man called Aristides de Sousa Mendes and is located in the town of Cabanas de Viriato, which is in the Viseu district of Central Portugal. Although Mendes died in 1954, he still talked about and considered a hero of World War II. His […]