May 31, 2009

Portuguese Simple Life

Dining alfresco, fine wine, great bread, cheese and fresh olives.


Portuguese Simple Life

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May 15, 2009

International Whaling Commission Meeting Madeira

International Whaling Commission Meeting Madeira.
The 61st International Whaling Commission Meeting will take place in Funchal, Madeira at the five-star The Pestana Casino Park Hotel (Tel: 351 291 20 91 00) from Sunday 31 May to Friday 12 June.

Hot on the agenda will be the continued "scientific whaling" carried out by the government of Japan, which is vehemently opposed by environmental action groups such as Greenpeace. Japanese whalers killed over 680 whales in the last "research" hunt in Antarctica, held this year.

Madeira, situated off the coast of Portugal, in the Atlantic, was once a vibrant center of whaling. The industry is remembered in Madeira's Whale Museum, the Museu da Baleia, located in the former whaling village of Caniçal. Crustaceans have been legally protected in the waters off Madeira since the 1980s and whale and dolphin watching is now an important tourist activity.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was established under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in Washington DC in 1946.

The Pestana Casino Park Hotel
Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia
9004-513 Funchal

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May 11, 2009

Lisbon Urinol

One of the very last public urinals (urinol) in Lisbon is outside the main gate to Lisbon Castle.

Lisbon Urinol

Once widespread these public pissoirs are all but finished, replaced by modern public toilets.

Lisbon Urinol.

The same urinol pictured seven years later, now graffiti covered.

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May 10, 2009

Friends of the British Cemetery Elvas

The British Cemetery at Elvas is one of the oldest British Military Cemeteries in existence. It holds only five known graves but two of these are the only marked graves of the thousands of British soldiers who fell at the battle of Albuera and another is the sole marked grave of the thousands who fell in the three sieges of Badajoz.

Friends of the British Cemetery Elvas

The Association of the Friends of the British Cemetery was founded to undertake the maintenance of the British Cemetery, which contains memorials plaques to all the regiments that fought at Albuera and Badajoz.

The Friends of the British Cemetery provides for a caretaker and the Cemetery is open to the public. Their long-term aim is to produce a fund that will ensure the Cemetery's maintenance and protection in the future.
The Association is a UK registered charity, no.1109395.

For more information:

View to Fort Gracia

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Santa Justa Elevador Lisbon

The Elevador de Santa Justa ((Elevador do Carmo) is a pictuesque lift in the centre of Lisbon just off Rossio.

Santa Justa Elevador Lisbon

Originally powered by steam, the lift took two years to construct and opened in 1902.

45 meters in height, the Neo-gothic style lift was converted to electric power in 1907. There are great views of Rossio, Lisbon Castle and the Baixa. Each of the two wooden compartments holds 24 people.

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