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

Lisbon: A city with many stories

Every person I speak to in Lisbon has a fascinating story to tell. There is also the history of Portugal and its reach across continents and the buildings here, they speak volumes, whispering secrets of their past. Lockdown is once again upon us but I am able to walk daily, exploring and discovering something fascinating and/or beautiful around every corner. Walking the streets, though, brings … Continue reading Lisbon: A city with many stories

The COVID19 Issue, Deux: Information and Stay at Home Activities

I’ve been going for long walks, now more than usual, and each day looking for a different path. This is what I came across this week. Spring in Cascais is not like it is in Seattle where there are showy displays of daffodils followed by tulips then the rhododendron, hydrangea, camellias and roses. It’s more subtle yet still a nice sight after a rainy winter. … Continue reading The COVID19 Issue, Deux: Information and Stay at Home Activities

Lost in Lisbon: The #COVID19 Edition: Information and Entertainment

A friend and I met at the beach in Cascais this morning and, while keeping our distance, walked along the shore, talked and shared our thoughts. After our walk, I went to the local grocery store and bought some goods. I then went home, washed the clothes I was wearing and took a shower. Those are the precautions I received to follow when going out … Continue reading Lost in Lisbon: The #COVID19 Edition: Information and Entertainment

Odds and Ends: Sintra, Cascais and Lisbon

We are living in strange times with people becoming ill around the world from a virus that we are just learning about and fear taking hold of many whether it is warranted or not. I am living in a form of isolation myself simply because everyone else has chosen to do so although some of my friends are quarantined for valid reasons. That didn’t stop … Continue reading Odds and Ends: Sintra, Cascais and Lisbon