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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto June 29th 2009

we got to porto on the night and managed to make our way to la ribera. we got there and we got ready to go out but found that everywhere was closed for fuck sake! we got back and taylor started to cook. we made friends with 2 old women who insisted trying to talk to us in Portuguese thinking we would understand. as usual every1 relied on me to talk! they told us the police would end up causing a fuss with us parked where we were parked because the whole area was a public transport area for taxi's, busses and trams. they ended up pinching about 5fags and a glass of port but in return they give us a glass of home made wine, 4croissant type things, 4pears and a brush to clean the ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto June 12th 2009

Porto Fortunately, my departure to Portugal was less eventful than that of mine to Mallorca. It was perhaps unfortunate, however, that my departure would have to begin at 02:45. Not realizing the hours of the first tube departures in the morning, and thinking only of the cheap airfare, I booked without consideration of the logistics at hand to actually get to the airport for a 6:30 flight to Porto. As it turns out, this may have been fortuitous, as had it been any later, I would have had to count on the tube, rather than having to figure out which bus to take; this would have left me in deep doo doo when the tube strike took effect as of 19:00 the evening before. And as it turns out, the station where I had to catch ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto June 10th 2009

Inauguração do Jardim das Cidades Germinadas 4 Junho 2009 O Vice-Presidente da Câmara Municipal do Porto, o Dr. Álvaro Castello-Branco, e Peter Evens, Presidente da Associação Porto Bristol, assistiram à inauguração do Jardim comemorativo das Cidades Geminadas Porto e Bristol, na Avenida das Tílias no Palácio Cristal. Este é um projecto de valorização dos espaços verdes municipais com a particularidade de ter sido pensado como uma homenagem às nossas Cidades Geminadas. A Câmara Municipal do Porto decidiu assim expor num jardim público algumas das plantas mais simbólicas, e representativas, destas duas "Cidades-Irmãs" de forma a transmitir aos portuenses, e a todas os que nos visitam, a proximidade que efectivamente existe entre estes municípios e os seus cidadãos espalhados um pouco por todo o mundo. ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto June 9th 2009

A visita à Rota do Românico foi de novo um sucesso como atesta o relato de uma participante e nossa associada. "No passado dia 9 de Maio participei na 2ª Rota do Românico do Vale do Sousa, desta vez iniciada com a visita ao Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Pombeiro. Éramos um grupo de 31 pessoas que, como eu, notei estarem muito entusiasmadas e com muita vontade de continuar a aprender mais sobre o românico desta zona tão próxima da cidade do Porto. A organização perfeita do Peter e da Anabela, o programa da visita cultural organizado pelo responsável das Rotas do Românico do Vale do Sousa e a nossa esplêndida guia, fizeram com que eu passasse um dia maravilhoso. Tivemos cultura quando visitamos o Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Pombeiro, a Igreja de S. Vicente ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto June 6th 2009

O início da Saga. Aeroporto Sá Carneiro O voo era ás 14:20. Para onde, não sabia... La encontrei o pessoal e fomos no Chapim em direcção a Lisboa... read more

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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto May 26th 2009

Promenade Concert in the "Coliseu do Porto" - March 2009 An opportunity for the Association to visit the "Coliseu do Porto", and hear a Concert performed by the Vila do Conde Youth Orchestra and the choir from the Viana do Castelo Music Academy. A splendid performance by many young musicians: "As Danças do Príncipe Igor de Borodin", with Maestro Cesário Costa. Afterwards a delightful Buffet meal was taken in the fine setting of the Grande Hotel do Porto. A popular event and one which may be repeated. Apraz-me comunicar-vos que o evento de Março teve uma grande adesão. Os 40 bilhetes reservados para o concerto no Coliseu ficaram esgotados e 31 associados, e seus convidados, participaram no almoço bufete que teve lugar no Grande Hotel do Porto. De acordo com o feedback que obtive, foi um ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto May 25th 2009

Time for the "Associação Porto-Bristol" to celebrate their 2008 Christmas Dinner A good end to the year The Oporto Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club is the regular venue for our Annual Dinner, thanks to the kind permission of Club members who also participate in our activities, and this year was no exception. First, we had the formal part to the night, with the Annual General Meeting of the Association being well attended. Once this was completed (on time) the move was swiftly made to the Lounge, with a chance to relax. A lovely evening and dinner was enjoyed by all, with some 41 people present. Terminar o ano com Chave d'Ouro Como foi dito anteriormente 2008 foi um ano muito positivo para a Associação em termos de participação nos vários eventos efectuados, não sendo o jantar ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto May 23rd 2009

In October 2008 the Porto-Bristol Association had the opportunity to study Roman art and architecture through the "Vale do Sousa", in Northern Portugal. This one day special Itinerary, organised by Doctor Duarte Pinheiro and Anabela Marques, proved a resounding success for the 14 members that went along. A first class tour of some of the beautiful historical monuments / churches in the region, with lots of useful information by our Guide, made the day very interesting. In addition a good lunch was provided in the Quinta de Cedovezas. At the end of the day it was on to see the house and gardens of Casa de Juste, ending up with an English Cream Tea. A good Tour and we intend to take another Tour next year! Itinerary : Encontro com o grupo junto ao Mosteiro de ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto May 12th 2009

In March 2008 the "Porto-Bristol Association" went dancing along the Yellow Brick Road all the way to the "Casa da Música" in Porto. This was for a rather special Concert, performed by the "Orquestra Nacional do Porto" , who played the music score for the complete Judy Garland film. Afterwards 19 members followed the road to the "Shakesbeer" restaurant, for an enjoyable lunch. In April, the second event for this year was a walk/gathering in the "Parque da Cidade" (Porto), followed by a talk by Maria João Tavares (member of the Association) on “Comércio Justo” , and tea and cakes (their own products) in the gardens behind the store. ... read more
Walk in the "Parque da Cidade", Porto
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto May 12th 2009

This was the year for the Porto-Bristol Association to go to visit our fellow members in England The lucky 12 arrived in Bristol for a wonderful five days of fine Hospitality, good Food, great Scenery and beautiful Weather! Words from our President Peter Evens, to the President of the Bristol- Porto Association, on our return to Portugal:- "This has proved a resounding Success all-round, and one which will Hard to forget, and will be talked about for many years to come !" "We would like to pass on our very grateful thanks to all the members of the BOA for their support, kindness and time with us and particularly to yourselves for making this happen, and also for kindly providing us with such a lovely evening in your own homes." "To be able to join you ... read more
The Mansion House, Bristol
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