April 29, 2009

Portugal Road Signs

Another piece of beautiful street architecture in Portugal besides its directional road signs are the signs on each street showing the name of each particular road, street or alley.

Portugal Road Signs

Some of them are made in beautiful azulejos ceramic tiles.

Portugal Road Signs

Others are more minimalist and functional in plain stone.

Portugal Road Signs

Keep your eyes open for some beautiful street signs during your stay in Portugal.

Portugal Road Signs

Rua is translated as street, travessa is lane or alley, beco is also alley.

Portugal Road Signs



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Portugal Street Signs

Portugal's road signs and street signs are clear to read and, in general, well situated.

Portugal Street Sign

In Lisbon, the brown signs point to attractions and places of interest. Icons are used for museums and churches.

Portugal Street Sign

Portugal's public toilets are also sign-posted - look out for the WC icon and the Portuguese word for toilet - sanitarios.

Portugal Street Sign

Destinations are usually shown with black text on a white background.

Portugal Street Sign

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April 24, 2009

Washing Lines in Portugal

Portugal's historic city centers are full of very interesting washing lines!

Washing Lines in Portugal

With small or no gardens in many old town centers, washing is left out to dry from windows, balconies and fire escapes.

Washing Lines in Portugal

You can see an amazing variety of clothing hanging out to dry, from a full team's football kit, to skimpy underwear to even a voluminous bra in Elvas!

Washing Lines in Portugal

I have yet to be dripped on, thanks to Portugal's dry climate so keep your eyes open for one of Portugal's greatest thrills - its laundry lines.

Washing Lines in Portugal



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April 19, 2009

English Cemetery Elvas

The English Cemetery (Cemiterio dos Ingleses) in Elvas, not far from the Castelo, is the final resting place of many of the men killed in the bloody campaigns of the Peninsular War (1807-1814), especially the horrific storming of the fortress of Badajoz over the border in Spain, where over 4,800 British soldiers lost their lives or were wounded and the equally deadly Battle of Albuera, where another 4,000 soldiers perished.

English Cemetery Elvas

Many of the wounded were brought back to Elvas, where many subsequently died and were buried.

English Cemetery Elvas

After so much blood and carnage at the storming of Badajoz, the English soldiers went on the rampage killing over 4,000 of the defenders and civilians in the town.

April 18, 2009

Portugal's Post Office

Portugal's Post Office is largely reliable. The Portuguese postal service is run by CCT.

Post office is correios in Portuguese; selo is stamp

Correio normal (ordinary mail) is sent in the red post boxes; correio azul (airmail) is posted in the blue boxes.

Portugal's Post Office

Post offices in Portugal are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 6pm and each major town should have a general post office with Saturday opening hours (usually in the morning). Smaller branches may close for lunch. There is a post office at Lisbon Airport.

Packages are often delivered to a post office rather than an address, so to pick up a parcel go to the counter marked Encomedas, similarly for poste restante.

In general allow 5 days for delivery in mainland Portugal for normal mail and longer for Madeira and the Azores. For next day delivery choose correio azul.

Portugal's Post Office

Stamps can be purchased from post offices or from shops and kiosks displaying the red and white correio symbol with the horse and bugle.

The main post office in Lisbon is at Praça dos Restauradores 58.

CTT
Tel: 707 26 26 26

Portugal's Post Office, Lisboa


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April 15, 2009

Porto v Manchester United

Estádio das Dragão The Portuguese league leaders FC Porto face Premier League leaders and Champions League holders Manchester United in a crucial quarter final clash tonight.

Porto hold the advantage after securing a hard-fought 2-2 draw in the away leg at Old Trafford.

Porto have never lost to British opposition at home in 21 matches going back to 1967.

The big game takes place in the 50,000 capacity Estádio das Dragão.

Estádio das Dragão is north-east of Porto city centre. Match day special STCP buses run to the stadium from the Rotunda da Boavista (Praça Mouzinho de Albuquerque) or Praça da Liberdade.
Buses 21 and 78 run from the Rotunda or Avenida dos Aliados.

Estádio das Dragão, Porto.

Estádio das Dragão, Porto.


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Police in Lisbon

The police maintain a fairly visible presence in Lisbon, with officers present at many local events and patroling in cars. The Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP) is Portugal's main urban police force.

Police in Lisbon

Drug-related petty crime maybe a problem after dark in some areas of the city and the Intendente area of the capital is often cited as a place to be wary. On the whole, Lisbon is very safe compared with other European capitals.

Police in Lisbon

Some of the Portuguese police patrol cars could do with an update as the rust bucket above demonstrates. And low and behold a few years later.

Police in Lisbon.


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Portugal Manhole Covers

Portugal's manhole covers may not be as picturesque as the manhole covers in Japan, but they are worthy of attention nonetheless for committed drainspotters.

Portugal Manhole Cover

CML refers to Camara Municipal de Lisboa - the city council of Lisbon.

Portugal Manhole Cover

The manhole cover below is in Parque das Nações in eastern Lisbon and commemorates the 1998 Expo.

Portugal Manhole Cover

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The Subway in Lisbon

Lisbon's metro is a quick and easy way to get around the city.

The basic fare is 1.40 Euros or use a one day pass or Lisboa card. The older lines, which were begun in the 1950's, are showing their age, but the new line out to Gare do Oriente is clean and bright and much less grimy.



Lisbon metro sign
The recently built stations at Cais do Sodré and Santa Apolónia are also very modern and pleasant.

The subway stations seem very close together in terms of the time taken between them.

The Lisbon subway system integrates well with Lisbon's buses and trams.

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St George Anglican Church Lisbon

The St George Anglican Church in Lisbon is set in the beautiful grounds of what is known as the English Cemetery, which includes the grave of the English novelist Henry Fielding.

St George Anglican Church Lisbon

The Anglican church for Lisbon in the Diocese in Europe, the church attracts a steady number of expat worshippers and Portuguese Anglicans.

St George Anglican Church Lisbon

St George Anglican Church is situated in the Estrela district of Lisbon within easy walking distance of Jardim Estrela.

April 8, 2009

English Cemetery Lisbon

The English Cemetery (Cemiterio dos Ingleses) in the Estrela district of Lisbon is just outside the Jardim Estrela, which is across the street from the Basilica da Estrela in western Lisbon.

The peaceful grounds of the cemetery, which was founded in 1717, include the tomb of the English novelist and magistrate, Henry Fielding.

Henry Fielding's grave

Fielding, already suffering from numerous ailments, traveled to Lisbon in 1754 in search of a cure. The author recounted his sea voyage in the book The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon

Fielding's grave is signposted upon entry. The grounds also include the remains of Lisbon's ancient Jewish cemetery and the Victorian St. George Church, which holds Anglican services in English every Sunday.

Access

Take buses #9, #20, #27 or #38 to the gate of the cemetery.

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Lisbon Streetcars

Enjoy a ride through the steep gradients of the historic Alfama district of Lisbon on a tram (electrico).



Don't leave the Portuguese capital without at least one ride on these beautiful trams with wooden interiors.

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Estoril Open Golf 2009

The 2009 Estoril Open Golf Tournament is underway in Cascais, just outside Lisbon.

The first round leader was Ross McGowan, who shot 64. The Englishman stayed in the lead after the second day shooting 73 to lead by one shot on a five-under par 137 from Scotland’s Chris Doak (70) and Spain’s Carols Del Moral (71).

The tournament is being played at the Oitavos Dunes Golf Course. The beautiful links type, par 71 golf course was designed by Arthur Hills.

OITAVOS DUNES
Quinta da Marinha, Casa da Quinta nº 25
2750-004, Cascais, Portugal.
Tel: +351 21 486 0600

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Lisbon Weather

Lisbon and the Algarve have been enjoying some glorious weather over the last few weeks.


Spring is an excellent time to visit Portugal with the orange and lemon trees bearing fruit and the temperatures not too hot. The warm temperatures are perfect for sitting in outdoor cafes and dining alfresco.

View of Lisbon from Alfama.



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Lisbon Bus Stops

Lisbon's bus service includes excellent electronic bus stops in the characteristic Carris yellow livery. The bus stops display the number of the approaching buses and the minutes to their expected arrival.

Lisbon Bus Stops

Very handy. This bus stop is outside the English Cemetery near the Jardim Estrela.

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