Since 1985, the European Commission has been designating one or two cities per year as European Capitals of Culture (ECOC). That’s thirty years of work, recognizing more than fifty cities, and resulting in thousands of events and special exhibitions. How did I miss this? For most of that time, I must have had my head […]
The laundry hanging from the buildings lining the Duoro River in Oporto, Portugal was as colorful as the buildings themselves.
A sunny day in Oporto makes a good day to do the wash.
Below is a list of the Unesco World Heritage sites we’ve been to as of February 2013. (It could be considered an adjunct to this page.) We’ll probably get to a dozen more, at least, this year. At that rate, I’ll have seen them all about the time I’m 135 years old. Unesco World Heritage […]
The gilded carved wood Tree of Jesse from the Church of São Francisco, Porto, Portugal.
I went to Sintra, too, but I’m not going to be able to improve on Byron’s ode to it’s beauty. Poor, paltry slaves! yet born ‘midst noblest scenes— Why, Nature, waste thy wonders on such men? Lo! Cintra’s glorious Eden intervenes In variegated maze of mount and glen. Ah, me! what hand can pencil guide, […]
It was an odd choice for us to leave Spain where we’d spent the past two and a half months to spend ten days in Portugal just when Spain was entering the semifinals of the quadrennial European Cup. We felt we were going to miss a big Spanish football party, but sometimes we’re stupid […]
Lisbon, day 2, was a lot like day 1, except we did some of the usual tourist things, which, in our case, meant taking the tram out to the Belém barrio to check out the Unesco World Heritage Sites of the Tower of Belém and the Monastery of the Jeronomite monks. Now, I”m told, the […]
Sintra is a charming town not far from Lisbon. It’s known for it’s climate, which is markedly cooler and breezier than Lisbon, and for its architecture, which often features delicate cast iron work, like on the roof line and balconies of this building near the Royal Palace.
Probably the first thing you’ll notice about Lisbon, if you’ve just come from Madrid as we had, is that the heat is just as impressive. Except, that unlike the dry 40 degree heat of Madrid, Lisbon is a humid 40 degrees. So, instead of feeling like you’re being roasted, it’s more like being drowned in […]