Carnival celebrations in Caldas da Rainha

Carnival in Caldas usually kicks off on Thursday night with a party for the elderly in the big expo-hall near the roundabout of fuel station Galp and Staples Office Center. On Friday the city centre comes alive during a colourful parade of primary school children. Hundreds of bees, princesses and pirates wind their way through…

Hotels in Lisbon

“Do you know a nice place to stay in Lisbon?” I’m  frequently asked. As a matter of fact, I do. Depending on what purpose I am in Lisbon, I choose to stay in the old city centre or in the new and trendy Expo-area, also called Parque das Nações, the area where in 1998 the…

Forget Port, start drinking Ginja!

About an hour by car north of Lisbon you find one of Portugal’s pearls: Óbidos. An old town surrounded by castle walls. And within: many romantic white houses with yellow, blue and red coloured stripes. Of course, nowadays many tourist invade pittoresque Óbidos in summer and during festivals. Don’t worry: keep away from the main…

Olives again next year?

“My father used to have a lot of work in the first months of the year”, João said. Meanwhile he is busy with a saw in his hands. It’s the end of February and it’s time to cut back the ancient olive trees. Our harvest has failed tremendously. Not one olive was saved from the new…