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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto February 20th 2012

Domingo, 19 de Fevereiro de 2012, manhã solarenga, a lembrar um belo dia de primavera antecipada, encontro marcado para a bilheteira da Casa da Música, e conforme planeado e muito bem, pelo Peter e Anabela , assistimos ao espectáculo da Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. A Sinfónica vai interpretar “Carnaval dos Animais” divertida e encantadora obra de Saint-Saêns em que quase todos os instrumentos de uma orquestra são associados a um animal. Excelente forma de conhecer os instrumentos da orquestra. Excelente concerto, excelente espectáculo. Despertados os sentidos, seguiu-se um belíssimo almoço, no restaurante “A Mesa”, que proporcionou um excelente convívio, e que terminou com mais um apelo aos sentidos através da brilhante intervenção da Maria Teresa Silva, que nos brindou com belíssimos... read more

Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto January 26th 2012

It’s always exciting to enter a new country for the first time. Dealing with customs and making sure your paperwork is all in order is always a hassle. In the back of your mind there’s always a chance you’ll be taken to a back room with two way mirrors instead of windows, medical furniture and a box of rubber gloves for “questioning” too. Well, once you’re in the E.U. (European Union) and you want to jump around from one E.U. country to the next, it’s really no different than crossing state lines in the good ol’ U.S.A. Because of this, when we did finally see the Now Entering Portugal sign, it wasn’t nearly as exciting as anticipated. Kind of like crossing the Columbia River from Washington to Oregon (or the Red from MN to ND for ... read more
View of the river.
Wine, Port and Chocolate tasting.
Port barrels.

Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto December 25th 2011

A acta da assembleia-geral que decorreu no passado dia 9 de Dezembro 2011, com uma excelente participação dos sócios da nossa Associação. À semelhança de anos anteriores o Jantar de Natal foi de novo o evento do ano com o maior número de participações. Cinquenta e três sócios e um convidado conviveram num ambiente de amizade e boa disposição que foi animado pelo trio musical,“Flitterman trio”, que interpretou cânticos ingleses de Natal, enquanto a projecção de fotos, obtidas ao longo do ano durantes os nossos passeios por terras portuguesas e britânicas, relembraram momentos bem passados em agradável companhia. O presidente da nossa Associação agradeceu o trabalho em prol da Associação realizado pela associada e vogal, Noémia Lousada Soares, que agora deixa o cargo, oferecendo-lhe em nome de todos os associados ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto October 30th 2011

My motto in traveling is “Though you are a foreigner, always eat like a local.” So, if I am with friends who are natives of the country in which I am traveling, I ask them to order for me what they like to eat. If I am alone, I ask the waiter what they, or the chef, suggest. I end up eating many items that I would never be likely to try in the States, thus adding a delightful richness of experience to my overseas dining. This might seem like an obvious strategy for a traveler, but I think many times we want familiarity in our food and in the process miss out on the delights of a particular country’s food and culture. As an example, I travel regularly to Portugal for work, spending most of ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto October 22nd 2011

Viagem ao Minho – 22 e 23 de Outubro de 2011 Dia lindo tal como a Anabela nos tinha prometido. Pelas 9 horas partimos em direcção ao Paço de Calheiros desfrutando das belas paisagens minhotas. Fomos recebidos muito gentilmente pelo proprietário com um agradável café servido com bolo, pão e compotas deliciosas. O palácio, obra do século XV, vive agora no regime de turismo de habitação. As dependências dedicadas aos hóspedes, para além dos quartos que são muito agradáveis, são salas amplas e aconchegantes, de cujas janelas podemos apreciar uma paisagem verdejante a perder de vista. Visitámos a capela dedicada a S. Bento, barroca mas com a madeira da cor natural. Os jardins possuem uma grande variedade de cameleiras mas infelizmente ainda não estavam floridas. Voltámos à... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto September 26th 2011

Chá Convívio no Oporto Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club Domingo, dia 25 de Setembro 2011... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto September 8th 2011

I got into Porto late. With a Reservation? Nope I get into Porto late, hungry and no idea where to stay or where to go. I take the metro from the airport to what I think is the right way. 45 mins later I get off on a random stop in what I can best guess is the city center. 2 other backpackers get off and ask me if I have a place to stay. One of them does, the other does not. So we wander around for over 10 minutes trying to find a place that was only 4 blocks away. Turns out it was full but they let me use there wifi to find a place for myself. There was a place open with a vacancy another 4 blocks away and this trip took ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Northern » Viseu August 10th 2011

'Ej Monika, če boš poleti kaj na Portugalskem greš lahko na plesni festival na severu, v eni mali vasici. Si že slišala za Andanças??' Tako približno je bilo en mesec nazaj, ko mi je kolega iz Portugalske omenil ta festival in sem še isto noč brskala po internetu in postala vročična od navdušenja. Ugotovim, da je to eden največjih plesnih folk festivalov (in tudi vseh ostalih plesov) in jaz o tem nič ne vem!!! Sao Pedro do Sul je letos gostil že 16.edicijo tega festival. Pa sem šla, da vidim, slišim, plešem in firbcam. Tako je bilo en teden od jutra do večera tečajev na pretek. Veliko folklore: grški, italijanski, portugalski, španski, irski,...plesi in poleg tega še delavnice sambe, kizombe, tanga, stepa, hip hopa...seveda ni manjkalo malo sproščanja: joga, meditacije,...in veliko glasbe. In ponoči? Koncerti do ... read more
mesto z rbiško tradicijo
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ploščice in ploščice in ploščice..veste koliko dela je s fugiranjem hehe

Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto » Póvoa de Varzim July 10th 2011

I've been told that I need to post a new blog entry, so here we go! After a weekend of finishing up school work and lying in bed watching the entire second season of "How I Met Your Mother" (I'm already ashamed, please don't mock me further), I convinced my roommate that we needed to leave the house. Luckily our good friend Miguel called at that exact moment wanting to get out of the city. So we piled into the car and headed North to Póvoa de Varzim. Up until now, Póvoa hasn't meant much to me except for the last stop way out in the middle of nowhere on the red line, and the summer home of one of my classmates. But upon arriving there it was immediately apparent that we were in a resort ... read more
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Pizza @ Caruso
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Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto July 4th 2011

A RECORD NUMBER OF BRISTOL-OPORTO ASSOCIATION MEMBERS VISIT PORTUGAL : JUNE 2011 Such a successful trip ……. how can we keep saying every visit is better than the one before! Our thanks go to Peter and Anabela Evens who put in an inordinate amount of work to make this tour so enjoyable. We very much appreciated too the warm hospitality shown us by members of our sister association, Associação Porto-Bristol. Several of our group have written a short diary for each day we were away. Day 1. SUNDAY 05 JUNE 2011 After an early flight, our happy band of 31 members of the BOA arrived in Lisbon to begin our 2011 visit. Despite fears for the weather conditions, we were greeted by Anabela and Peter in brilliant sunshine and boarded our coach to travel to the ... read more
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