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We first met the then four members of the Lacerda Quartet (Alexander Stewart, Regina Aires, Alexandre Delgado and Luís André Ferreira) at the home of Dutch sculptor Lukas van Blaaderen.

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It was with a degree of urgency that the young Lord, aged 22, left England for Lisbon in July 1809. He was a relatively unknown poet and recent graduate from Cambridge University but his intimate...

It was a sultry July evening in Lisbon when outside the theatre Lord Byron was castigated by an irate husband. The man was not the first and would not be the last to be cuckolded by the young and...

My recent trip to Japan has left me with saudades for Japanese courtesy, order and cleanliness. In the wake of those inveterate Portuguese explorers, my fascination with Japan is in the first...

In 1812, Lord Byron was suddenly acknowledged as a literary genius. “I awoke one morning and found myself famous,” he explained.

This was due, at least in part, to his visit to Portugal...

The Algarve was always remote, even after the railway had been built. Not until Faro airport was opened in 1965 has this region enjoyed wide popularity. The traditional and historic way to get to...

Many people could name some famous Portuguese: perhaps the footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, Figo and Eusébio; the explorers Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Dias and Magellan; and...

Christmas Eve, known as the ‘Consoada’, is when Portuguese families get together to celebrate Christmas. The traditional dinner is salted cod fish (bacalhau) boiled with potatoes, carrots, cabbage...

An unscientific worldwide poll begun in 2000 came up with the new Seven Wonders of the World. They were The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, the Colosseum in Rome, Chichen Itza in Mexico,...

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