Category Archives: Portugal

Laundry at the edge of the world

Where is the edge? Outer space perhaps? In ancient times, the edge of the world was the southwestern tip of mainland Europe, Cape Saint Vincent in the western Algarve region of Portugal. Several civilizations reached the cape, including the Phoenicians, … Continue reading

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Eccentric Sintra

How did a small village outside of Lisbon became a magnet for whimsy and extravagance? The town of Sintra, sprawling just below the tops of the mountains of the same name, is studded with outlandish palaces, fairytale castles, even a … Continue reading

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Lisbon: Discovering the discoverers

In elementary school we studied the great European explorers of the 1400s and 1500s. Christopher Columbus, for one. This period is called the Age of Discovery, a time when European royalty sought profitable new trade routes. The Portuguese, due to … Continue reading

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