Monthly Archives: June 2011

Photo Tour of Porto, Part I

One of the best parts of Porto was just wandering around admiring things. Porto has some hidden art nouveau and deco gems, one of which being the Majestic Cafe, where Alyson and I stopped for coffee one day. Somehow, whenever I picture myself in some sort of filmic state, it involves film noir and beautiful […]

Some Highlights of Porto

Sandeman Port Lodge 1. Port Tasting at the Graham’s Lodge. 2. Walking across the Ponte Dom Luis I. 3. Eating Roasted Chestnuts along the banks of the Douro. 4. Celebrating in the streets after FC Porto beat one of the Lisbon soccer teams.  Alyson with some new friends. 5. Drinking Sangria at a beachside restaurant. View from […]

Introduction to Porto and the Beginning of Our Farewell

3-6 April 2011 So, saying goodbye to Coimbra, Alyson and I headed up to Porto, our final destination. From there she would head back to Scotland and I would go home to Los Angeles via a brief layover in Madrid. But I was glad to have saved Porto for last. Alyson had spent a summer […]

The 20 Euro Meal

 Flag of Coimbra I realized I’ve drawn out my three week vacation in France and Portgual to three months of blog post (which are summarized so far here and here). And I’m sad to say, I’m also at the end of recounting my trip. Quinta das Lagrimas, Dom Pedro and Ines de Castro’s hideaway […]

Birthdays, Past and Present

This past Saturday was my birthday and for as long as I can remember, I have tried to do something memorable or unique. So in honor of that tradition, here’s what I can remember from my birthday celebrations of the past 5 years: 19th Birthday: Gigantic party in a high school friend’s backyard. Her uncle, who […]

The Problem of Historical Environments

While I was at Bucaco, I found out that the forest was also the sight of a major battle between the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon’s troops. It was an accidental discovery, paging through the guidebook and reading the strangely nondescript signs around the museum. Apparently, the Duke of Wellington had stayed in the convent down below and […]

The Forest of Bucaco: An Exploration of Portuguese Wildlife

Station of the Cross in the Forest One of the day trips we took from Coimbra was to the forest of Bucaco (Bussaco is the English spelling). Apparently, monks built a convent here as early as the 6th century, but sometime in the 17th century, Carmelite monks decided to plant a bunch of the previously […]