Category Archives: My Memories of Portugal

food, culture, sights….

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Beja

a teaser to Beja (capital of Baixo Alentejo) – thanks to Turismo do Alentejo.

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Consoada

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Christmas is here!  What is the Consoada?  It is the Christmas Eve Dinner.  The name consoada stems from the latin word “consolata” which means “conforted”.  In the old days people spent the 24th of December in church praying and fasting … Continue reading

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Roasted Chestnuts – MAGUSTO

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Magusto is a traditional popular celebration taking place on November 11, St. Martin’s Day.  It is a celebration of FALL and the expected arrival of Christmas season.  It is also the day the new wine is tasted, hence the saying: … Continue reading

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Pão Por Deus – a Portuguese tradition that started in the region of Lisbon

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On November 1st 1755 Lisbon was hit by a very large earthquake that brought down a large part of downtown Lisbon.  The Great Lisbon Earthquake.  Today, that area of Lisbon is known as Baixa Pombalina (named after the Marquis of … Continue reading

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Tall Ships can be visited and seen in Lisbon from today through July 22nd

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Tall Ships Races- 49 tall ships from around the world are in Lisbon.  Between today, July 19th and Sunday the 22nd, you can see and visit these amazing ships at the Cais de Santa Apolonia in Lisbon.   Portugal participates … Continue reading

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Day of the Ear of Grains (Dia da Espiga) – tradition

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Ascension Thursday (in 2012 it falls on May 17) is a catholic religious day that is celebrated throughout Portugal with local traditions.  It always falls on a Thursday about 40 days after Easter Sunday.  It is also known as the … Continue reading

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World Travel Awards 2012- 26 nominations for Portugal

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Portugal received 26 nominations for the World Travel Awards, including top travel destination, best beach destination and several for hotels, resorts, cruise destinations, European airport etc.  The European Gala Ceremony will take place in Quinta do Lago (hotel) , Algarve … Continue reading