June 1, 2014

Santos Populares – Popular Saints

June in Lisbon means grilled sardines and Sto Antonio and the feast days of the santos populares (“popular saints” or “people’s saints”)… The feast days of the most popular saints in Portugal — St Anthony, St Pedro and St John– are all in June, and every year this is an excuse for Lisbon (and much of […]

May 17, 2014

Meo Out Jazz

Stop by the Praça Martim Moniz, Saturdays at 5pm this summer, for Meo Out Jazz: live concerts in a newly-hip setting. Despite its central location and delightful fountains, the Praça Martim Moniz has a reputation for being scrungy, and even a little shady after-hours. But the city of Lisbon is trying to change that. A year […]

April 23, 2014

Lisbon with kids: April 25th simplified

Last year my daughter asked “Mommy, what do we celebrate on April 25th?” I didn’t have a good answer for her then, but now I’ve had a year to think about it, and here’s my answer: Many years ago, when your great-grandparents were young, there was a far-flung kingdom without a king. Why it didn’t […]

January 16, 2014

Portuguese Water Dog

“The dog had long black hair, clipped to the first rib, and with a tuft at the tip of the tail.” – a Monk, describing a dog rescuing a child from the sea, 1297 A.D. To All Who’ve Asked (or wondered): Yes, indeed. Kappa, above, is related to Bo Obama. Maternally via Heitor do Vale Negro; […]

January 16, 2014

Ria Formosa Natural Park

The Ria Formosa Natural Park is a nature reserve which sits along the eastern Algarve coast line and boasts some of the best unspoiled secrets of the Portuguese holiday destination. Encompassing 60km of the coast between the Faro and Manta Rota regions, the park is bursting with sites and activities to satisfy the most demanding […]

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