And once you set you’ll never change…

And once you set you’ll never change…
This entry is part 14 of 16 in the series Port, with a touch of Paella - Portugal 2015

18/09/2015 It’s our last day in Porto, and in Portugal. We don’t have any major plans. I do want to visit a shop where I suspect some filigree jewelry is made. But other than that, there are just a few places we could, or could not stop at, depending on how the day takes us….

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Levava capa vermelha…

Levava capa vermelha…
This entry is part 13 of 16 in the series Port, with a touch of Paella - Portugal 2015

17/09/2015 The Douro valley is where it all started. As early as the 12th century, wines were shipped to England from this region. Already then, there was a very long history of wine making in Portugal. It seems that it was the monastery of Lamego who first ventured into the port business. Whilst the process…

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The tolling of the iron bell…

The tolling of the iron bell…
This entry is part 12 of 16 in the series Port, with a touch of Paella - Portugal 2015

16/09/2015 Our small apartment overlooks the Igreja dos Clérigos, a Baroque church with a tall tower that can be seen from most parts of the city.  A high glass door, typical from the era, decades ago, in which our building must have been built, opens onto a small balcony. Through the open door, we can…

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And written very long ago…

And written very long ago…
This entry is part 11 of 16 in the series Port, with a touch of Paella - Portugal 2015

15/09/2015 I’m not really very good at reading. Yet I love books It seems like we will have rainy weather all the way to Porto today. Good weather for a book or two. Or perhaps 250 000 of them? The oldest reference to the Library of the University of Coimbra is in 1513 about some reparation…

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The West Coast has the Sunshine…

The West Coast has the Sunshine…
This entry is part 10 of 16 in the series Port, with a touch of Paella - Portugal 2015

14/09/2015 Peniche is a fishing town and harbour just west of Óbidos. It is a favorite spot for the surfing community. After a late start, we took a drive to see if we could spot some interesting things in this coastal town. And seeing that fishing is something that generally happens there, we were hoping for…

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For I end up in a circular path…

For I end up in a circular path…
This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Port, with a touch of Paella - Portugal 2015

13/09/2015 Today we leave Sintra. We will travel North to the village of Óbidos. But first we wanted to find the vineyards of Colares. In the 19th century, Europe had a bit of a problem. That problem presented itself in a tiny little bug called Phylloxera. It pretty much destroyed all the vineyards around Europe. People…

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Cheira bem, cheira a Lisboa…

Cheira bem, cheira a Lisboa…
This entry is part 8 of 16 in the series Port, with a touch of Paella - Portugal 2015

12/09/2015 There’s more to be seen in Lisbon. And that is exactly what we will be doing. Niel has our route all planned. I have Google Maps ready, just in case a 180 degree error slips in somewhere. It’s Saturday, which means the city is even more busy. From the Rossio station, we found our…

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Where the streets have no names…

Where the streets have no names…
This entry is part 6 of 16 in the series Port, with a touch of Paella - Portugal 2015

10/09/2015 From our bedroom window, we are able to see the Moorish Castle on the top of the hill. It was built in the 10th century by the Muslim populations that occupied the Iberian peninsula. I knew that today would challenge my fitness levels. The views from the castle towers are spectacular,  though, and the…

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