Category Archives: Miscellany

Earth Day

Nothing more beautiful, or more expressive of hope…

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Merry Christmas – Feliz Natal

Natal, com rabanadas e vinho do porto tawny. Christmas, with french toast and tawny port. Continue reading

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A visit to a chicken-keeping friend in England is unexpectedly entertaining. Continue reading

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Adjusting to Life In Portugal – Language

In the prior entry I wrote about some of the motivations and logistical challenges of moving and settling into Portugal, as well as some of the culture-shock reactions.  Probably the single biggest challenge, but fun anyway, is the language (well, … Continue reading

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Adjusting to Life in Portugal

This one is for all the friends who have worried, and all the strangers who have asked slightly incredulous questions about my decision to move … how are you adjusting to Portugal?  It’s so… different…. Short answers:  Just fine, thank … Continue reading

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News Update from Porto

Faithful readers may recall the following photo and a rather wistful entry last 30 September, imagining what it might be like to live and work in Gaia in the port trade and walk down this street – the Rua Serpa … Continue reading

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About Tasting Notes

(Note:  this is posted for two purposes:  one is to buy me a little time to organise my notes from Essência do Vinho – there were several groups of wines that stood out for me, and I want to do … Continue reading

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Why on earth…

… are you doing this, Cynthia? How many times have I been asked this? My knee jerk reaction is to want to ask, have you ever tasted the wines?  But I have to bite my tongue… because no, maybe they … Continue reading

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Monday, 6 July, 2009 No, not a tacky holiday resort in the Caribbean, but an extraordinary evening in Paris. Spent the last weekend in Paris, and on the Saturday night made plans to have dinner with the friends who have … Continue reading

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