One week in Portugal

Portugal is one of my favorite countries in the world. It is my home country and, although I do not speak the language, the smells and scenery is familiar.

One week in Portugal allowed me to visit:

Lisbon, Fatima, Caiscais, Coimbra, Au Porto.

The key design in Portugal is the blue and white tiles, which is seen in most home decor. Often the motif depicts sea voyage, since Portugal is famous for it’s early maritime discoverers: Magellen, Columbus and Vasco De Gama

Located near the ocean, Portugese cooking involves a lot of Cod fish that is prepared in various ways: breaded balls, baked, grilled

Portugal is known for it’s Fado music which fills the streets of Bairo Alto in Lisbon

Like most Mediterranean countries, houses are light color and line the sea coast.

In Lisbon’s Rossio Square, we saw traditional Portugese folk dancers perform

Streets of Estoril, sidewalks are carefully designed mosaics

In the area of Coimbra, there is the garden where prince Pedro would meet Ines de Castro before she was murdered by the prince’s father. When he became King Pedro, he exhumed the body of Ines and made her the Queen. At her Coronation ceremony, he ordered the murderers to kiss her already decomposed hand.

Colorful houses at Au Porto, one of the protected UNESCO site in the Port making region

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Originally published at on May 10, 2009.

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