Category: portugal

01
Aug
2011
07
Jul
2011

portugal: cassiano branco

Portugal, Lisboa, Praça de Londres, Cassiano Branco, Português Suave

Biographical information is scant about Cassiano Branco, so an overview of his work will have to suffice. Drawings & plans have survived, but unfortunately there is very little documentation regarding Branco’s opinions, beliefs or interactions with other architects. Such a shame.

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27
Jun
2011

coimbra: portugal dos pequenitos

Portugal, Coimbra, Portugal dos Pequenitos, Cassiano Branco

Behind the recently restored Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha sits what most people consider to be a kids’ attraction. But this playground of miniature monuments, tiny houses & museum displays from around the world–Portugal dos Pequenitos–was designed to do a lot more than entertain children.

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19
Jun
2011

portugal: hungry?

Portugal, food, paté de sardinha

Whenever those days of saudade hit, I often remember the flavors of Portugal. Like most people who enjoy food, memories & meals go hand in hand. Tastes are a vivid part of the travel experience & adopting a new diet is one of the best ways to experience a country.

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19
May
2011

évora: defying description

Portugal, Évora, Sé, cathedral

Some places defy description. Historical summaries & cultural briefs tell the facts but fail to convey how a place feels… sometimes that’s more important. The city of Évora has long been one of my favorite spots in Portugal, but it is also one of the most difficult for me to describe. I’ll try.

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02
May
2011

portugal: queima das fitas

Portugal, Coimbra, Queima das Fitas 2010

Europe’s third oldest university has old traditions to match. If you’re lucky enough to be in Coimbra at the end of the academic year (usually the last week of May), there’s a big party that’s not to be missed.

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22
Aug
2010

art: tapeçarias de pastrana

Portugal, Lisboa, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Tapeçarias de Pastrana

Even though I saw this temporary exhibit at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga when it opened in June, I returned today for a second look… mainly because these Flemish tapestries deal with two cities I’m taking groups to this year.

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16
Aug
2010

lisboa: cinema europa

Portugal, Lisboa, Cinema Europa, Antero Ferreira, 1958

Since movies with sound grew in popularity during the 1930s & 1940s, it was only appropriate that cinema architecture became a spectacle in itself. Grand productions were meant to be seen in grand theaters. Some of the most stunning Art Deco & Rationalist/Modernist buildings I’ve seen around the world are remnants of that era, but unfortunately they are disappearing at an alarming rate.

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13
Jun
2010

rick steves radio interview: portugal

Rick Steves radio interview, Portugal

In case you were taking a break from the World Cup yesterday & listening to one of these radio stations, you might have heard me. Sim, eu. Recorded in January 2010 during the big week of reunions/meetings, Rick taped about 60 minutes worth of interview time with me & Cristina Duarte about the pleasures of Portugal.

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03
Jun
2010