Finding Heaven and Earth in Évora
Cartuxa monastery portal

Finding Heaven and Earth in Évora

In Brief: You feel the tug of heavenly thoughts and earthly concerns across the town of Évora. The Se, or Cathedral Evora’s imposing Cathedral sits at the center of this World Heritage city atop its…

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Stoned in the Alentejo
Dolmen of Zambujeiro

Stoned in the Alentejo

Halfway to Spain from Lisbon, we explored some of the best Neolithic sites around – an ancient way to get stoned. It had been a long, long time since we did a tourist visit anywhere.…

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Up and over Lisbon
Along the trail, Monsanto

Up and over Lisbon

Parque Florestal de Monsanto may not be the most challenging peak in the area. Along the trail, Monsanto But our measurement of its climb at 120 meters or so, makes it a higher altitude within…

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Weaving a new life in Lisbon
Our dining group -1

Weaving a new life in Lisbon

We are not new to Portugal. We are, however, new to making a life here for a year or two. So we face the usual start-up questions and dilemmas. Where do we go to buy…

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Going with the flow
About 1km of aqueduct high over Alcantara valley

Going with the flow

We had seen quite a lot of Lisbon and its surrounding towns when we first visited in the fall of 2017. This time we kept quite busy with other matters and enjoyed the pleasure of…

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High over Portugal
Porto, from atop Torre dos Clerigos

High over Portugal

How could we have missed out on Portugal in our travels all these years, and especially Lisbon? We kept asking ourselves this question during our unplanned, but leisurely stay in the capital of Lisbon, plus…

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A Garden and Delights in Lisbon
Gulbenkian museum

A Garden and Delights in Lisbon

We took a recommendation and went to the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, a private collection by an developer of oil fields in Iraq early in the 20th century. As befits a devoted art collector, the 6000…

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