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One Day In Lisbon

One Day In Lisbon

If you find yourself in Lisbon, Portugal short on time with a “must do” list a mile long. Never fear.  In Lisbon, if you are a little savvy, it is easier than you think to pack a lot of the cities best sites into one day.  One Day in Lisbon Grab a Lisboa Card The Lisboa Card is a great…
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5 Great European Destinations To House Sit This Summer.

5 Great European Destinations To House Sit This Summer.

As many know, house sitting is our main mode of travel. It enables us to travel longer, slower and live local. We have house sat across two continents and cared for everything from dogs to donkeys, yachts to B&B’s (and some very angry geese!) House sitting in Europe is especially great for us. It makes for very cheap living! Not only…
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Tomar and The Knights Templar.

Tomar and The Knights Templar.

If you have ever been curious about the mystery and legend of The Knights Templar then the town of Tomar in the Santarém District of central Portugal is for you. Tomar was constructed under the orders of Gualdim de Pais, the fourth Grand Master of the Knights Templar, in the late 12th century making Tomar one of the historical highlights…
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Easter Celebrations in Portugal and Spain.

Easter Celebrations in Portugal and Spain.

Most people now treat Easter as another commercial holiday created by Hallmark and Cadbury. This last week has reminded us that Easter is definitely a religious holiday, one both Portugal and Spain celebrate with religious fervour and loads of festivals. Some very realistic! One of the great things about house sitting in Marvão, Portugal is its proximity to the border, only half…
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Portugals Bullfighting Festival. Not What We Expected.

Portugals Bullfighting Festival. Not What We Expected.

What to do on Easter Saturday in Portugal? Head to a local bull ring of course. Bullfighting Portuguese style We had never been to a bullfight, we were not even aware that the Portuguese had their own style of bullfighting. Even though we both had mixed feelings about bullfighting, we were encouraged by other Portuguese locals, who do not endorse the…
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Must See Marvão, Portugal

Must See Marvão, Portugal

Listed in the New York Times bestseller “1000 Places To See Before You Die” for good reason, the fortified castle and village of Marvão sits on the highest point in the Alentejo region of Portugal close to the border of Spain. With a breathtaking 360 degree view of the entire frontier from the Spanish Extremadura to the Estrela Mountains, Marvão has held a strategic…
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Portugal’s Festival of Sugar-Doçaria Conventual

Portugal’s Festival of Sugar-Doçaria Conventual

 Take an 18th century culinary tradition developed by some resourceful Nuns and a magnificent old monastery and prepare for both a visual and sugar feast! The magnificent convent of St Bernard or Mosteiro de São Bernardo in Portalegre, Portugal is home to the annual Doçaria Conventual e Traditional which literally means Traditional Convent Sweets. A 3 day festival to celebrate all things…
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