Portugal

I like history. Yeah I am a geek, it hasn’t escaped my notice. But there is something indescribable about standing on, in or around historical sites. For just a moment maybe you get a glimpse of being there at another time, hundreds, possibly thousands of years ago. As yet its the only pratical version of […]

In addition to being the inspiration for Hogwarts students (from J K Rowling’s time in Porto while writing the first of the Harry Potter series of novels) the University of Porto’s students also have a musical magic act to perform. The tradition of university Tuna’s (or choir groups) is one steeped in tradition where they […]

Calouste Gulbenkian the Armenian early 20th century oil magnate, dubbed Mr 5% for his habit of retaining a 5% share in companies he developed, spent his last decade living in Lisbon after World War 2. So taken was he with his adopted city, he willed much of his extensive collection of Art, Antiques and archeology […]

One thing I was told by everyone I met in or talked about Portugal with was to try the legendary Pastel De Belem. Portugal’s pastries are world-renowned and can easily challenge any of  the finest in Europe. Within the first 48 hours I had tried one of Portugal’s Pastel de Nata, which is in essence […]