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A Gothic architectural masterpiece where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are shortly to be married, St George’s Chapel, Windsor, holds considerable significance for the Portuguese.

Over the...

The past is all around us and despite living in Lagoa for the last 19 years, I did not know much about its history, so I went for a walk through the narrow streets and talked to some local...

It is surprising that so few foreigners know of Portugal’s involvement in World War I, in spite of the memorials in Tavira, Loulé and Lagos.

As we approach the centenary of the Battle of La...

It is surprising that so few foreigners know of Portugal’s involvement in World War I, in spite of the memorials in Tavira, Loulé and Lagos.

As we approach the centenary of the Battle of La...

Once again, St Vincent’s Day (January 22) will inevitably, and sadly, pass us by almost unnoticed and, except in the Vila do Bispo municipality and the Sé in Lisbon, uncelebrated. There is,...

In 1487, Bartolomeu Dias rounded the stormy southern tip of Africa and named it ‘Cabo Tormentoso’. The king, with a different viewpoint, renamed it ‘Cabo da Boa Esperança’.

Vasco da Gama’s...

As part of our recent tour of the countries bordering the Baltic Sea, we travelled from Russian Kaliningrad across the Polish border to Gdansk, formerly known as Danzig. This city was a target of...

The 2018 World Cup in Russia will require new stadia, and one of them is in Kaliningrad. The 35,000-capacity stadium is still under construction and we saw everywhere signs (in red) showing “...

This summer, Peter and I took a long trip around the Baltic, visiting nine countries. We started in Finland and finished in Sweden, having circled around the south of the sea. We were fascinated...

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