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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto February 15th 2010

Annual Christmas Dinner & A.G.M. To finish 2009 in our normal manner the Porto-Bristol Association members gathered for the Annual Dinner at the Oporto Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club. With 57 people present this was a great evening! Following on from a well organized Annual General meeting (A.G.M.), which under the guiding hand of the President of the Meeting (António Pais Cardoso), finished on time and everybody was able to enjoy the Festive music performed by the Douro Singers. A good Dinner, fine Company, and people Enjoying themselves ... what more could we ask for. The President Peter Evens thanked the members who had supported the PBA through the year, and looked forward with interest to the 2010 activities. Our Thanks go to all concerned.... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto January 12th 2010

Tuesday 12.1.2010 day 89 peso da regua We got a 10 am bfast served in our room and we slept so well it was so nice to have a full European bfast with fantastic Portuguese (very nice) Coffee. The locals told as that this is the most snow they have had in Portugal in 70 year! Lucky we got to see it! We decided to have a look at Porto the home of port. One thing my driver learnt is that our ‘sat nav’ has no idea how to find its way thru the second largest city in Portugal, which it only about 600 years old and most of the streets are cobble stones. Porta is very easy to get around and is incredible scenic. After several serious altercations between my driver and ‘sat nav’ we ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto January 8th 2010

Birthday blog- Well, I’m 28 and in Porto, Portugal. Everything is ok for the most part; I had an incident occur when I didn’t end up printing my boarding pass prior to travel. Once I did arrive though I had a pretty easy time making it into the town center and to my hotel. The hotel itself is quaint, enough room for a twin-size bed and a television set. I decided to go out and try to locate one of the gay bars I researched. Again, I utilized the metro system, which is in fact, much like Madrid’s in that it is very clean and easy to use. I made it to the bar to find out that it was closed. I don’t believe that any gay bar is open during the week. I was a ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto December 10th 2009

No passado verão, a Bristol School - Institutos de Línguas levou mais um grupo de alunos a frequentar um Curso de Verão de Inglês em Bristol. O grupo de 37 alunos reuniu jovens entre os 13 e os 17 anos da zona do Porto, Beira Interior e Açores (locais onde existem escolas Bristol School) e ainda de outras regiões do país, acompanhados por 2 líderes. Os alunos viveram como estudantes universitários, tendo ficado alojados numa das residências da University of Bristol juntamente com alunos de outras nacionalidades. Durante 2 animadas semanas, os alunos visitaram a cidade de Bristol e ainda Londres, Cardiff, Stonehenge e Salisbury, enquanto melhoravam o seu Inglês e aprendiam sobre a cultura inglesa, os seus hábitos e costumes (ex.: jantar às 18.00!). Em Bristol, estes jovens portugueses puderam deslu... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto November 8th 2009

Leaving Salamanca for Portugal, we had good 4-lane roads most of the way. Crossing the border into Portugal, we drove over the mountains toward Lisbon, then headed North toward our destination, Porto, famous as the home of Port wine, and second largest city in the country. It was a fairly long drive (around 5 hours), but as we entered Porto, things went a little sideways for us. The city is bigger than we expected, and our knowledge of Portuguese is more limited than our understanding of Spanish, so we had more trouble reading signs. We crossed the Douro River, then became quickly confused as to where to go. Eventually we saw a sign reading "Centro Comercial." We assumed that meant the road would take us to the center of the city, which is essentially where we ... read more
One of the blue churches
The Porto riverfront
A back street in the wine district

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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto November 7th 2009

i think we can say that the trip started in porto. we went there the next day we came back to lisbon. my parents met us iat the train station of espinho, wich is a city 40min from porto. we went for a quick walk next to the beach and then head to the shopping to have dinner. after dinner, me and brad went to porto to meet my flatmates and their family that just came from brazil! we had some beers with them and went back home. next day we went to braga with my parents. braga is a medieval city 53km from porto. in the end of the day we all went to the hotel sepultura was (ah yeah, i forgot to mention: i live with the sisters of the drummer of sepultura) to ... read more
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with sepultura before the concert
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto October 31st 2009

Visita à Rota dos Frescos no Alentejo : 16 de Outubro 2009 “A Associação Porto-Bristol, depois dos êxitos que obteve nas anteriores visitas que este ano promoveu, continua na rota certa pois que a recentemente efectuada novamente nos revelou o talento organizativo da Anabela e do Peter. A partida, marcada para as 7.00 horas de 16 de Outubro passado, obrigou todos os participantes a uma madrugada. Quando o despertador tocou tive vontade de mandar o passeio às malvas. Chegados noite cerrada ao local de partida, como o mini-bus ainda lá não se encontrava, tivemos que nos abrigar da forte ventania e do frio que pressagiavam um dia desagradável. Porém o Peter que deve ter boas relações com o seu homónimo da corte celestial conseguiu que Ele nos proporcionasse três dias maravilhosos. Partimos à hora aprazada e ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto October 23rd 2009

A Cidade de Bristol tem, desde o passado dia 21 de Outubro 2009, um novo cais na sua frente ribeirinha com o nome da cidade Invicta. A atribuição do topónimo Porto Quay (Cais do Porto) é uma homenagem de Bristol à cidade do Porto no ano em que se assinalam os 25 anos de amizade entre as duas cidades, geminadas desde 1984. A inauguração foi presidida pelo Embaixador de Portugal em Londres, António Santana Carlos, e pelo Lord Mayor de Bristol, Councillor Christopher Davies. O Presidente da Câmara Municipal do Porto, impossibilitado de se deslocar a Bristol, enviou uma mensagem que foi lida durante a cerimónia. O cais terá uma "Marina Porto", projectada pela Crest Nicholson, e a sua envolvente urbana incluirá um empreendimento cujos edifícios serão identificados por nomes alusivos ao Porto (Camelia, Douro, Invicta, ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto October 11th 2009

Amanheceu radioso o dia 10 de Outubro. Prometia uma temperatura agradável para efectuarmos os passeios previstos para este dia ( cá para mim o S. Pedro anda a tentar que o aceitemos como membro da Associação Porto / Bristol ... ) . A concentração, junto à Igreja de Cristo Rei, foi um êxito com todos os participantes pontuais e bem dispostos. Aproveitámos o percurso até à Casa de Mateus para pôr em dia as conversas atrasadas, apreciarmos e comprarmos os « pins » da Associação. Fomos admirando a magnífica paisagem do Douro Vinhateiro. Não posso deixar de recordar aqueles momentos mágicos em que uma névoa emprestava à paisagem uma auréola de sonho. A 2 km de Vila Real detivemo-nos no Palácio de Mateus, um dos mais bonitos do país, não só pela construção em si como ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto October 2nd 2009

Leaving behind Lisboa and the broad Tagus River (the same one flowing in smaller form through Toledo) we headed northward. North of Lisboa are rolling hills and small mountains, often forested with pines of various sorts and the overtaking eucalyptus. As is thus far always the case in Spain and Portugal, you are never far from olives trees and vineyards. Our first stop was in Fatima, site of the famous religious shrine (which interestingly was named originally after one of the daughters of Mohammed). On May 13, 1917 three shepherd girls told of seeing a vision of Mary in an oak tree. She appeared monthly on the same day of the month until October. The children told of visions and predictions she had given them. Each apparition took place at a site called Cova da Iria ... read more
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Vineyards in Doura Valley
Douro River valley




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