Senhor da Pedra, Miramar, Vila Nova de Gaia

Do I belong to the sea or do I belong in the land?

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“Azulejos” in Aveiro

Random “Azulejos” from some houses in Aveiro city.




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Portuguese Words part I – Essential Expressions

Portuguese people are very friendly and they will try to understand what you are trying to say even if you making a gesture or pointing to somewhere in the map. Sometimes if you are near to a place they will come with you to show you here it is. They don’t want nothing from you but it’s how portuguese people are – nice!

If you came to Portugal there are some words that you need to know.

Olá – Hello

Obrigado – Thank you (please don’t tell us “Gracias” you are not in Spain!)

Sim – Yes

Não – No

Por favor – Please

Desculpe – Excuse me

Adeus – Goodbye

Boa noite – Good night

Boa tarde – Good evening

Bom dia – Good morning

Como? – What?

Quando? – When?

Porquê? – Why?

Onde? – Where?

Tarde – Evening

Noite – Night

Manhã – Morning

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How to ask for a coffee in Portugal?

You need to know what you’re going to ask. It’s an important issue.

I had a friend that came to Portugal and wanted to ask for a simple coffee with milk, not very hot and just with a little coffe – the adventure begins!

Coffee can have many names in Portugal. First you have to know is that Coffee usually it’s an espresso. Coffee it’s a café in Portuguese.

  • In Lisbon – coffee can also be a “bica” or a “italiana” (a short coffee).
  • In Porto – coffe can also be a “cimbalino”.

It’s enought? No… Let’s start…

  • You can order a coffee cheio (the full cup) curto (short, small, strong) or duplo (duble x 2 times one cup of coffee);
  • You can have it in a chávena quente (hot cup) or in a chávena fria (cold cup).

Now the names:

  • If you order decaffeinated – it’s like a coffee with less caffeine,
  • a carioca  more water than coffee,
  • with cheirinho – with alcohol (usually marc)
  • mazagran – coffee with ice usually in a tall glass

Now the varieties with milk:

  • pingado – Coffee with a just a little milk,
  • garoto/pingo – Milk with coffee (it’s important if you want it lighter “claro” or darker “escuro“. if you wanted darker you ask “direto“)
  • galão – tall glass with coffee and milk,
  • meia de leite – big cup with coffee and milk
  • capuccino – a big cup with coffee + milk + milk foam
  • moka – a big cup with milk + chocolate + milk + milk foam

Now… a nice picture of all you can get. Next time you know what to ask for. Have fun!

And don’t forget to ask with a “pastel de nata

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Rest in peace Nelson Mandela we will miss you!

It will always be an inspiration

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

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Hiking Castle Rail

The rail of Bouro Castle or Covide extends in memorable and historic hills of Santa Isabel.
The rail Castle covers the territory three parishes: Sta Isabel, and Chamoim Covide. Its layout features two starting points: Sta Isabel , and Chamoim Covide. Its layout features two starting points:

1 .Igreja Sta Isabel do Monte to Castle Hill ;
2 .Place of Calvary in Covide up to Castle Hill.

This way the visitor has two options: the first and longest, enables direct contact with rural architectural heritage, community and tradition agro-forestry and pastoral parish of Sta Isabel; the second, shorter, you can admire the landscape and nature Covide Castle.

Extension 16, 4 Km
Duration 6 Hours
Difficulty Moderate / Medium
Location Sta Isabel do Monte, and Chamoim Covide
Departure / arrival Sta Isabel do Monte and Covide
Access-EN 205-3 and EN-307
                 EM-536, EM-536-1




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1 December – Restoration of Independence

Acclamation of D. John IV as king of Portugal

The Restoration of Independence was the name given to the revolutionary state coup in this day on 1640 by a group called “Os Quarenta Conjugados” attempt against the annulment of the independence of the Kingdom of Portugal for the governance of the Castilian Philippine Dynasty, and culminate in the establishment of the 4th Dynasty Portuguese – Bragança house – with the acclamation of D. JoãoD. IV.

One of the first decisions of the Portuguese Republic in 1910 was a national holiday and patriotic measure. This decision was revoked by the XIX Constitutional Government.

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