Getting to know one of the Algarve’s exotic residents

If you happen to spend some time in the hide at Quinta do Lago then you will almost certainly get to see this gentleman. He is unmissable in his bright yellow plumage. His Portuguese name is Tecelão-de-cabeça-preta, and we call them Black-Headed Weavers. He is considered an exotic here because, like the parakeets in London, Black-Headed Weavers […]

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Festa Grande da Mãe Soberana

After last year’s c’est la vie we finally made it. Arrived too late to collect a scarf but probably a little bit too early for the procession, still we got a parking space. We were not too sure what to expect but after the beautiful parade at São Brás we were hopeful, after all the ‘Feast […]

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os azulejos e mosaicos do palácio de Estoi

I cannot resist taking photographs when we visit the palace in Estoi, and last week was no exception. On our latest trip across for morning coffee I decide to focus on the tiles. They are a wonderful example of Portuguese azulejos from the late 19th century. From what I can ascertain two Lisbon ceramic factories were […]

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