Sculpture Saturday

  This weekly challenge is hosted by Mind over Memory This is ‘Half  Rabbit’ (2017) which you will find in Porto,  Portugal.  Its creator, Portuguese artist Bordalo II,  used ‘garbage’ that he gathered around the city to illustrate the theme of excessive production and wastefulness. The rabbit is positioned on the corner of the building […]

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Sculpture Saturday

  This weekly challenge is hosted by Mind over Memory   I’ve chosen a piece by Portuguese sculptor João Cutileiro which can be found in the lake at Mateus Palace in northern Portugal (yes – it is the place on the famous wine bottle). The sculpture of a woman “sleeping” in the water was  installed in […]

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On the Road – 7 days in Northern Portugal

You wouldn’t believe how much there is to see and do in the region north of Porto.  It mightn’t look much on the map but its quite a whirlwind to fit everything into a week.   However,  with 7 days,  you can do more than sample wine and admire the Douro! Our wish list: The Douro The mountains […]

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Party Time in Porto – put June 2020 in your diary!

Festa de Sao Joao is the most important festival in Porto and a huge part of the city’s identity. Originally a pagan ritual, it was celebrated at the solstice as a thanks to the sun god for a good harvest. Later, it was christianized as a celebration of St. John the Baptist. Over 600 years […]

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10 Glimpses of Northern Portugal: 10.Póvoa de Varzim

You’ll have to imagine blue skies for this one!   Povoa de Varzim is a resort lying about 30km north of Porto.  Its linked to the metro system which means its popular with day trippers as well as tourists.   The apartments stretching along the promenade don’t do much for the place but the beach is lovely […]

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