Mercado 31 de Janeiro, Lisbon

There are many mercados in Lisbon as there are throughout Portugal. Mercados are markets, either open-air or in large, spacious buildings, where farmers come to sell their produce. There are also fish stalls, cheese booths, usually at least one butcher, fresh catches of fish, an area that sells bread and there are always fresh flowers, herbs and small plants. And of course, there is always … Continue reading Mercado 31 de Janeiro, Lisbon

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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

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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

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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

More on Lisbon

Since moving to Lisbon from Cascais, I have much to report but first, news about COVID. As of this writing, Portugal has returned to a State of Calamity which means restrictions on gatherings and travel. Public gatherings of more than five people are banned and there is an appeal by leadership for everyone to wear a mask on public streets, as is required in all buildings, and to … Continue reading More on Lisbon

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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

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Markets, beaches and restaurants during COVID

We are going through strange times in Portugal as well as everywhere else in this world now. In Portugal, we are experiencing stops and starts as we work our way into some form of “normality”. During this time, I limit my explorations but still want to get out and share what I see and experience. Last weekend I decided to explore the LX Factory in … Continue reading Markets, beaches and restaurants during COVID

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The week in Portugal as the lockdown eases

We are in the second week of the reopening of restaurants and shops along with beaches and parks and it feels like a breath of fresh air. The town of Cascais, where I live, is getting everyone who lives in the area tested for the anti-body. I’m trying to make an appointment but the phone line is continually busy. People are getting tested though. I … Continue reading The week in Portugal as the lockdown eases

My Five Faves this week

The week before Christmas has been amazing for me. Seeing how people celebrate the holiday, the similarities and differences from the culture I was raised in, has been refreshing. 1. The Concerto de Natal I want to start with a concert I attended last night, the Concerto de Natal (Christmas Concert) held at Igreja Paroquial de Arcos, a Catholic church in Paco de Arcos which … Continue reading My Five Faves this week

Friday Faves from pastries to architecture

It’s a typical winter day in Cascais which is very much like January in Southern California, mild temperatures, a predicted high of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, and a lot of rain. A perfect day for staying inside and writing and sharing my Friday Faves. Number one fave this week: Groceries Produce, poultry, meat, fish and seafood are plentiful here and the prices reflect it. The produce … Continue reading Friday Faves from pastries to architecture