Portugal, Porto

It’s been four years since I was last in Porto so I did fewer of the obviously touristy things but instead enjoyed wandering about and seeing some art museums and taking a couple of easy day trips from here (Aveiro and Guimarães – see separate posts). Last time I stayed a couple of kilometres out […]

Portugal, Aveiro – a fun and easy day trip from Porto

Today I took a local train for just over an hour to visit Aveiro (a bargain at Euros 3 return!) which is known as the “Venice of Portugal” as it has canals in its centre. Aveiro used to be a fishing port and most of the people who lived there were fisherman. Funny sculpture just […]

Portugal, Lisbon – Under the Stars

As I’ve posted many times on Lisbon (you can search for prior posts on this website) I will only post about things that are new. So today I wanted to mention a must see if you like history, music, creativity and light shows. Many locals don’t even know about this but I discovered it last […]

Portugal, Lisbon – opening soon – the stunning Palacio Principe Real – conceived by my friends Gail and Miles

My friend Gail, who I worked with back in the 80’s has always had impeccable taste so when I knew she was planning on restoring a beautiful former mansion in Lisbon and converting it into a luxury boutique hotel I knew it would be something special. I was here one year ago when the place […]

Portugal, Algarve, Portimão

Spent the day in Portimão which is about 40 minutes from Salema. It is of course a much busier place and where cruise ship terminals dock. We really enjoyed visiting the ten year old Portimão Museum which is by the waterfront. It is an old converted fish canning factory which takes you through the story […]

Portugal, Salema – great walks, sea views and good food

The area around Salema is blessed with some wonderful walks and we did one yesterday that took us through forests with both skinny petrified like trees and then masses of lush green trees with wild flowers everywhere. Then we ended up at a terrific view points with beaches in both directions. Perfect for surfing and […]