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A Day Trip to Sintra, Portugal

It’s been a year since my last trip to Portugal and I still dream of it constantly. I was there for a photo shoot and was able to do extensive research on the most beautiful, picturesque locales in Portugal. I went to Portugal almost an expert, but witnessing it first hand, well that was something many […]

Getting to Porto, Portugal

Has Portugal been on your bucket list for a while? With the Algarve coast to the south, Lisbon on the central coast and Porto to the north, Portugal is a fantastic destination to tour. Porto is one of Europe’s most underrated cities. With breathtaking beaches and the famous Douro Valley nearby, the city is becoming a […]

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Wandering in Porto, Portugal

As you may have already figured out, I am enamored by Portugal. I had an absolute blast in Porto. It was a short, but very sweet trip. The biggest draw for me, per usual, were the people. I had recently coordinated and worked on a photo shoot for Prana in Lisbon. We also shot in […]

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8 Reasons Why I Could Live in Portugal!

I’m on of those people that travel the world thinking (often out loud) oooh, I could definitely live here! Sometimes I encounter a deal breaker, sometimes that feeling just fades away. Portugal, however, has gotten under my skin. In fact, this country went directly to my heart and soul, offering everything I love in one beautiful, easily accessible […]

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Portugal Runs off Clean Energy for Four Consecutive Days

It was recently announced that in early May, the country of Portugal ran entirely on renewable energy for over four days (over 107 consecutive hours). This is a significant milestone for a country that is making great strides in clean energy production. In fact, in 2013 only 23% of Portugal’s energy was renewable, and that […]

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Mercado da Ribeira: Lisbon’s Foodie Hangout

  The Mercado da Ribeira, in central Lisbon, has roots back to the thirteenth century when it was a prominent fish market. The historic space has had many uses throughout its history, and in 2010, the city of Lisbon decided to accept bids from vying companies who wanted to manage the market. Timeout, the international […]

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Azulejos: Portugal’s Stunning Tilework

Azulejo, originating from the arab word meaning polished stones, is Spanish and Portuguese painted ceramic tilework. The gorgeous glazed tiles can be seen everywhere from ornate churches and palaces, to ordinary water fountains and metro stations around Portugal’s capital city. This major aspect of Portuguese architecture derives from Moorish influence in Spain which then made […]

Grafitti Grandmas? How Portugal is Bringing Senior Arts to the Streets.

Grandma grafitti gangs are roaring through the street of Portugal. Yes, you read that right. A Portuguese organization called LATA 65 has taken nearly 100 senior citizens on street art campaigns to motivate social change. According to officials from the organization, the objective of LATA 65’s senior street art project is twofold. First, the initiative aims to […]

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Spotlight: Portugal’s Douro River Valley

The Douro River is one of the major rivers in the Iberian Peninsula. The river runs from Spain through Northern Portugal, through the World Heritage City of Porto, and out into the Atlantic Ocean. Along the Douro runs the beautiful Douro River Valley region, with arguably some of the most gorgeous scenery in all of Portugal. […]

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10 Things you Didn’t Know About Portugal’s Vinho Verde

Portugal’s Vinho Verde, which translates directly to Green Wine is an inexpensive, light & fresh wine from the country’s northernmost region. Read on to find out more about the newest Portuguese gem in your wine repertoire! Translating directly to “Green Wine”, Vinho Verde is named not for the color of its grapes, but rather for […]

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