FERRAGUDO, PORTUGAL

SELF-ISOLATING IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY Ferragudo is not a terrible place to self-isolate! Above is the view from across the inlet to the centro area of the village. Our little house is on the other side of the canal that runs through the center of town and is either filled with water or totally empty, …

PORTUGAL!

 Terreiro do Paço - Lisboa  LISBOA When we landed at the Lisbon airport (after flying RyanAir from Paris) it felt like 'coming home.' This was my 5th visit to this beautiful country, where I not only been a tourist several times, but also called it 'home' for 3 months over the Christmas and New Year's …

CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS – PORTUGUESE STYLE!

It's often said that the holidays are exhausting.  All that visiting with relatives, worrying about what gifts to purchase for whom, traveling between houses, and then there is the preparation and consumption of all that food! This being my first holiday spent in Portugal, I  was without any of my family members or friends from home. …

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS…

....everywhere I go in Portugal, with colorful lights sparkling and holiday decorations filling the windows of shops and restaurants.  The above is a photo of my Christmas 'bough.'  It's not a whole tree, just a limb from a pine tree growing in the backyard of the parents of my landlord Jorge's beautiful wife, Maria Joáo. …