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Architectural Design: The Old and the New

There are the wonderful buildings in Portugal that go back one, two or more centuries and there is the new which reflects on what has been built before, providing glimpses into the past but designed and built today with an eye towards the future. We will start with the past and the Casa da Alentejo. Originally built in the 1600’s, the Alverca Palace was the … Continue reading Architectural Design: The Old and the New

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Spring in Lisbon: Grato

The above was created by a street artist who comes from Ireland and has been living in Lisbon for 1 1/2 years. He painted “grato” which means “thankful” or “grateful” in Portuguese and has a similar meaning in old Irish. When I spoke to him about the word, we understood what it meant for both of us. Two weeks ago I enjoyed my first trip … Continue reading Spring in Lisbon: Grato

April in Lisbon

April feels like life went from black and white to color, from somber chamber music to jazz. Portugal slowly and methodically began to open again, first outdoor seating at cafes and the opening of small shops then the larger stores opened and students return to school. What was a hauntingly quiet Avenida Liberdade once again came to life with cars, bikes, scooters, motorcycles and people, … Continue reading April in Lisbon

Exploring Lisbon

A family having fun along the Arte Galeria where everyone is able to express their artistry and thoughts Because of the increase in COVID cases along with travel restrictions and curfew hours mandated in Portugal, I have not been traveling outside of the Lisbon municipality since mid-November. You can find out about the regulations put into place at the US Embassy in Portugal website. Fortunately, … Continue reading Exploring Lisbon

Adventures in the ER, hamburgers in Portugal and a shop of prints

First, some good news about COVID in Portugal. As the graph indicates, due to the vigilance and care that has been taken by those in the government along with the people of Portugal who have followed the guidance and the rules at each stage, Portugal has seen a decline in cases of COVID. We have been warned, though, that Portugal will go into a State … Continue reading Adventures in the ER, hamburgers in Portugal and a shop of prints

Love in the time of the Coronavirus…and more

The title of this post has been on my mind for a while and I’m even thinking about writing a short novel based just on the title “Love in the time of COVID19”. In the comments, please share how it’s been for you. Are you isolated from your loved ones or partner? Are you together and working out ways to stay together during this time … Continue reading Love in the time of the Coronavirus…and more

Palácio de Monserrate

I had the great pleasure of visiting Sintra this week. It is a beautiful town where royalty and their guests vacationed in the summers. What has been left behind from those years of monarchs and kings are beautiful palaces and castles that are now maintained by the state and available for all to enjoy and appreciate. The palace was built by Sir Francis Cook, a … Continue reading Palácio de Monserrate

Carnaval in Lisbon

In the US, we have Mardi Gras, at least in New Orleans, in Portugal there is Carnaval. The largest celebration is seen in the town of Torres Verdes where people join in with costumes, large masks, floats, music and general revelry. This year, many people believed it was time to have a carnaval parade in Lisbon, a city where such parades have been verboten. I … Continue reading Carnaval in Lisbon