Church of Batalha Monastery

Church of Batalha Monastery

July 22, 2013

Each monastery should have a church, where religious come to pray. One of the most impressive monasteries in Portugal, loaded of symbolism, the Batalha Monastery, owns one of the finest Gothic churches in the country, which I invite you to discover. Batalha is a small Portuguese town named so in honour of the great victory… [Read entry]

Parque das Nações of Lisbon, modern city

Parque das Nações of Lisbon, modern city

February 11, 2012

When someone thought about Lisbon few years ago, he could have an image of city attached to its past, small streets, hills and laundry hung between two buildings on the street. This image is always true, with emblematic areas of the city where history is still alive. But Lisbon is also a modern city, resolutely… [Read entry]

Redinha, Portuguese village and Napoleonic invasions

Redinha, Portuguese village and Napoleonic invasions

August 20, 2011

Portugal is a country full of riches that one cannot summarize on its two main cities, Lisbon and Oporto, or, for those who love the beach, the Algarve. No, Portugal is much more than this, it is also a country with fantastic landscapes, full of history, ready to welcome people who love the nature and… [Read entry]

Traditional games in a portuguese village

Traditional games in a portuguese village

August 11, 2011

When we need money in a village in Portugal, we make a party. The villages, to grow, do not expect the money to fall from the sky! The best way to build a retirement home, a soccer pitch or a a nursing home, it is, therefore, to appeal to the own villagers, bringing them to… [Read entry]

Hieronymites Monastery, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, peak of the late gothic

Hieronymites Monastery, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, peak of the late gothic

July 29, 2011

Lisbon, capital of Portugal, has experienced all kinds of influences, from the four corners of the world. When the country was trading all around the world in the 16th century, the city built magnificent monuments. Under King Manuel I, Portugal reached its peak in controlling global trade. The money flowed abundantly at this time, Europeans… [Read entry]

Porto: great destination for a holiday

Porto: great destination for a holiday

March 30, 2011

Porto or oPorto is the second largest city of Portugal. Beautiful capital of the North of the country, it gave, with itsneighboring city of Gaia, his name in the country: Portugal, Porto-Gaia. With two million inhabitants, approximately with the metropolitan area, its dynamism is the pride of the region: in the North, they work, as… [Read entry]

Cloister of Silence, Dom Dinis, Alcobaça Monastery

Cloister of Silence, Dom Dinis, Alcobaça Monastery

March 4, 2011

When we think of monks, it comes quickly to mind people who are utterly devoted to God, practicing introspection, self-study, and for many, the worship of silence. It is not uncommon a movie or a book that shows us monks not allowed to speak! The Monastery of Alcobaça, one of the most famous magnificent religious… [Read entry]

Aveiro, Portugal's most beautiful city?

Aveiro, Portugal’s most beautiful city?

February 5, 2011

When I was a student I once asked a friend who traveled widely in the country: I wanted to know what was the most beautiful city in Portugal for him. He did not hesitate a single second : it’s Aveiro. No more need to say more : it will remain etched in my memory: Aveiro… [Read entry]

Visit of Cantanhede, quiet town of Portugal

Visit of Cantanhede, quiet town of Portugal

February 4, 2011

Portugal is a country known for its tranquillity. Most of the Portuguese cities are havens of peace, despite the negative evolution of crime in recent years. «Portugal é um país de brandos costumes» was used to say, “Portugal is a sweet custom country.» It is one of the first European countries to abolished the death… [Read entry]

Aqueduct of Pegões, Tomar: Landscapes of Ribatejo

Aqueduct of Pegões, Tomar: Landscapes of Ribatejo

September 29, 2010

You know what, I studied in Tomar. I had been living there for a few years, enough to attach myself to a sustainable region, and I wanted to show you a monument underrated. This city, famous for its “Convento de Cristo” – World Heritage Site by UNESCO -, has therefore another architectural marvel, which is… [Read entry]

Portugal by train : from Lisbon to Oporto

Portugal by train : from Lisbon to Oporto

September 13, 2010

Portuguese cross-country I enjoy travelling by train. It’s safe, and unlike by car, there’s no need to look for the better way to go. Portuguese train tickets are cheap, and heavily used. Living in Pombal, on the « Linha do Norte » (Line of the North) path, I often use it on the Pombal-Lisbon way…. [Read entry]