A discovered artist, the necessities of life and a walk in the park

Readers are noticing that my posts have been few and far between but that is only because my explorations have been limited to the Lisbon District and no further. By now I was to visit Evora, Setubal, Comporta and Obidos but my plans have changed due to COVID. I am staying close to home and venture out only as necessary but I am still making … Continue reading A discovered artist, the necessities of life and a walk in the park

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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

We are coming out of isolation…and it feels good

It’s been a while since my last post but there wasn’t much to share except for my daily walks, but you only need to hear about that once. The town of Cascais slowly began to open about two weeks ago. Before that, it felt like a ghost town. It was a very sad sight but last weekend it began to come back to life. Not … Continue reading We are coming out of isolation…and it feels good

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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

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

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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

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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