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Porto, Portugal: Livraria Lello & Irmao

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Destinations, Portugal, Travel Photo Thursday | 12 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday, week 265 (2/11/2016), and Porto’s stunning Livraria Lello & Irmao.

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You might be wondering exactly what Livraria Lello & Irmao is, or maybe you’ve been lucky enough to visit this little gem of bookstore in Porto’s historic downtown. Here’s what TIME has to say about Lello…

“Rumor has it J.K. Rowling was inspired by Livraria Lello while writing Harry Potter (and teaching English in Portugal). It doesn’t take long to appreciate Lello’s potential as muse: a stained-glass atrium puts the spotlight on the bookshop’s deep red staircase, spectacular enough to stop you in your tracks. ” (Time: THE FIFTEEN COOLEST BOOKSTORES FROM AROUND THE WORLD). 

The store’s neo-gothic facade is gorgeous, but with everything that’s going on around, it doesn’t really stand out! You’ll also want to take note of the red building across the street from the entrance. That’s where you buy your entrance ticket. Yes, there is an entrance fee. TIME helped to make the store very famous. With some many people just dropping by to see the store, selling books became a bit of a challenge. Now, visitors pay a 3 Euro admission, and should you make a purchase that 3 Euro will be credited towards your purchase (excludes the coffee available upstairs).

Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello

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Portugal: A Delicious Prix Fix Menu

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Destinations, Food, Portugal, Portugal, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday, week 264 (2/3/2016)! Anyone who has traveled in Europe knows that prix fix menus are a common occurrence in restaurants across Europe. Today, join me on a photo tour of amazingly delicious prix fix menu at the 3 Marias close by the seaside village of Olhos D’Aqua, here in the Algarve.

Internet connections seem to be my nemesis this trip, so please forgive me if I haven’t been to your blog as often as I would like.

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My intent today was to take a long walk and find a new beach. I managed to do both, and find a lovely little restaurant serving up a perfect Prix Fix Menu!

My new beach was the lovely Praia Maria Luisa. The beach is a lovely sandy cove with cliffs that have steps and trails going to top. The views are worth the climb!

 

If you look closely, you can see the archway in the cliff. This shot was taken from ground level.

 

Praia Santa Luis Maria

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Portugal: Beautiful Algarve

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Destinations, Portugal | 11 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday, week 263 (1/28/2016).  I’m well into my third week in the beautiful Algarve. In spite of having a website house that keeps suspending the blog (hopefully fixed!), and finding an Internet provider that is not going to bankrupt me (long story), there is lots to smile about here in the Algarve. This week I want to share with you 10 things that I guarantee will have you smiling when you visit the beautiful Algarve.

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#1 Fresh sardines with caramelized onion at the out-of-this-world Restaurante Do Clube Naval do Guadiana/Vila Real di Santo Antonio.

Before you go EWWW!, the sardines I had ever eaten were out of can. There is absolutely no comparison. If you ever have the chance to experience a fresh sardine, don’t hesitate. The caramelized onions were a perfect accompaniment.

Fresh Saradines with Caramelized Onion

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