What's on in Penela

Diary of Events In The Penela Area – What’s on in Penela The Penela area is blessed with many historical, folk, cultural and music events which you can […]

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Sao Martinho and an old woman up a tree

The day of Sao Martinho or St Martin depending upon were you come from I mentioned to a Portuguese friend that everywhere there was people harvesting olives. Even […]

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A walk in November

I was walking along the countryside roads around the village yesterday just enjoying the bright warm (18 degrees) November weather and I came upon this cheery sight.   […]

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Survival tips for the “great escape”

Here are my personal survival tips for anyone living in Portugal or coming to Portugal to live. Learn Portuguese, 50% of you will have switched off now but […]

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Penelas claim to fame

SUECA  is a very popular card game throughout the Portuguese world. Here in sleepy Penela, central Portugal its one of the little towns recent claims to fame. Penela […]

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Exodus or Migration

 I was sitting in one of our usual lunch time restaurants with my friends and someone mentioned how few people there were in the restaurant at what normally […]

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Going to your local produce market

Most small towns and some villages have a fresh produce market. I love them, after you get used to the various things on sale and the characters shopping […]

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Camping in the Coimbra area

Camping sites in the Coimbra area Perhaps the cheapest way to experience Coimbra and the surrounding area is to fly out here by Ryan-air or Easy-jet and bring […]

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How do you tell the difference between a Portuguese man and a Northern European man in the dark.

As I am writing this blog the recent hit song “umbrella” by Rihanna and the rapper Jay-Z is ringing in my head. Answer – If it was raining […]

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